I don’t read books with embarrassing covers

2 June, 2015 / 9 Comments


You know those romance books with the half-naked dudes or with a man and a woman looking very intimate?  I see these books and I run from them.  I don’t know why, as it shouldn’t stop me from reading the book, but it does.  I find myself stopping from even beginning to read a synopsis if a cover looks embarrassing like this.  Even if I’m planning on getting an eBook of it!


I seriously don’t mean to do this.  I just find these covers to be too embarrassing or too intimidating or…I don’t know!  There really is no good reason for it and I really can’t even figure out why it is that I do this.  I mean, I’m not a prude or anything.  I read romance books that involve erotica.  It’s not my favourite genre, but I don’t shy away from them.  I read Fifty Shades of Grey for crying out loud!  I also read Tears of Tess, which I liked.  But those had rather modest and simple covers, didn’t they?

I wish I could explain better why I am like this…why I shy away from these kinds of books.  I just…judge them.  That’s the best explanation I can come up with.  I think a part of me view books with these types of covers as kind of sleazy or something.  Why else would it have a cover so racy?  And yet I would read the same book if it had a more modest cover (assuming the synopsis sounded good).  Weird, isn’t it?

I would definitely never be able to bring myself to reading a print book with a cover like that in public!!  I would be way to embarrassed!

Now, my whole wacky idea of the possibility of books not having covers would prevent me from doing this.  Then, there would be no intensely erotic cover to cause me to shy away!

Share your story: How do you feel about these types of covers? Does it matter to you? Would you read the print version in public? Do you feel like these covers portray a sense of sleaziness?

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9 Responses to “I don’t read books with embarrassing covers”

  1. I think we all have perceived opinions on books with embarrassing covers. I’ve always felt it was more of a in the closet kind of read or a guilty pleasure. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with that kind of cover like you I tend to cring away from them as well. I tend to avoid them because it would be kind of embarrassing in public or for my family to notice what I’m reading as well. Like you I don’t have an issue or avoid erotica so I’m not sure why I feel weird about more intimate covers.

  2. I definitely shy away from truly erotic covers as well, but I think my threshold is definitely higher than yours. I used to stay away from pretty much everything you’ve listed here, but I’ve relaxed a bit – I no longer mind books that have shirtless guys or couples who look intimate, as long as they’re not looking TOO intimate. For me, part of it is what I feel comfortable posting on my blog as well. I wouldn’t want really racy covers to be posted on my blog, so I end up avoiding them.
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  3. I’m like that too! And I thought I was the only one 😛 I shy away from covers that have half-naked people printed all over, and then I also tend to NOT read books in public that I know people will judge me for. I remember reading Twilight in school around 4 years ago, and the whole time I was reading it, I would put the book facedown on the table so people wouldn’t see what it was. (Some people still noticed when they forced me to show it. I can’t remember much, but I think they frowned at the book.) 😛 Awesome discussion! You’re not the only one 🙂
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  4. Hmm, well I don’t really like those covers personally, but I don’t think I would avoid reading a book just because of the cover. If I’m really uncomfortable with it I might wrap it, so I don’t have to look at it, but… a lot of the books I’ve enjoyed the most have covers that I don’t overly like or feel like they fit with the story, so I really should try to look past the cover, I think. I feel a lot more strongly about covers with faces on them. I really don’t like those!
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      • Oh, I suppose it’s got to do with me wanting to create the character myself, not have a model staring out at me telling me this is how they look- and often the cover model doesn’t fit the character description, which is incredibly frustrating! I don’t mind if the cover is illustrated, so much. Then there’s also the whitewashing factor- characters who are diverse are depicted on the cover as being white, I’ve found, and I really dislike that, too.
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