This Online Community Collects Terrible Book Covers, And Here Are 144 Of The Worst Ones

Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. But what if it looks so bad, even a five-year-old with the oldest version of MS Paint could have done a better job?

There’s a subreddit, called r/TerribleBookCovers, and its members are—you guessed it—collecting the worst book covers that have ever been published. Whether it’s an insulting title or a hideous drawing, they have it all. Continue scrolling and check out some of the most popular pictures within the online community.

#1 Kissing The Coronavirus (Coronavirus Erotica?!)

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#2 Do Your Kids Suffer From Nightmares? No, Not Yet? Well This Should Help A Lot

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#3 Everything About This Is Terrible

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#4 The Hobbit

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#5 Call Him Xi Dada

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#6 My Librarian Wife Always Has Interesting Finds

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#7 It’s Worth A Look!

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#8 How Ironic

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#9 People Who Need To Die: Cell Phones

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#10 My Mom Used To Read This One To Me

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#11 Empress Theresa – Final Cover

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#12 Found This In A Doctors Office A Few Years Ago. I Think About This Way Too Much

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#13 I’m Just Waiting For The Film Adaptation

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#14 Prehistoric Passion From Mars

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#15 Woof? I Feel So Empty

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#16 Don’t Steal This Kids Lunch

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#17 His Leg On Ready Player One’s Cover

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#18 The 50th Edition Lotr Covers Are Something Else…

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#19 Wtf?

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#20 I Don’t Even Know What To Say About This One

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#21 I Can’t Believe It’s Real

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#22 Excuse Me, Are You Talking To Me?

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#23 Not A Strip I’d Want To See

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#24 I Think I’ve Found It! The Most Glorious Photoshop Of All Time!

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#25 When Your Mom Tells You To Get A Real Job, But You Double Down Trying To Prove You Can Start That Cult You Always Said You Would…

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#26 Secrets

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#27 Yeah It Does…

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#28 Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, Even If It Is A Collage Of Jpegs

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#29 Detective Hitler On The Case

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#30 Even The Price Is Questionable

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#31 Romance Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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  Americans and their love of democracy dilemma

#32 Ten Things Doctors Won’t Tell You About Your Cpap Machine

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#33 Librarian Wife Comes Through Again

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#34 Can’t Stop Staring In Puzzlement At The Perfectly Matching Hemline

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#35 It Came With A Poster As Well

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#36 This Series Of Books Is A Goldmine

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#37 Beneath The Half Ass Photoshop

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#38 Found This On Facebook

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#39 This Belongs Here

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#40 Wtf

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#41 I Don’t Even Know What To Say About This Book Cover

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#42 Is This What Happens When You Build Your House On An Ancient Wolf Burial Ground?

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#43 That Lighthouse Imagery…

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#44 Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A Child’s Book About Satanic Ritual Abuse By Doris Sanford

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#45 I’m Impressed By Her Balance

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#46 Apparently Hitler & Co Invented Time Travel

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#47 Found In One Of Those Trashy Book Apps

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#48 Things Were Different Back Then

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#49 Why The Hell Was This In The School Library?

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#50 Substitute Father

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#51 I Can’t Believe This Is A Real Book

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#52 This Title Is Surprisingly Relevant Nowadays

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#53 Just Say “No”!

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#54 With One Breath (Czech For “Reading In One Sitting”): Pillar Of Fire (And Other Short Stories)

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#55 Cheap Date?

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#56 What In Tarnation…

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#57 Philosopher’s Stone, Albanian Version. Not Sure What’s Going On Here

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#58 I Met The White House!

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#59 Not Sure If This Has Been Posted Before, But…

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#60 This Book Cover I Found On Amazon…

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#61 Imagine Getting Kilt

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#62 Maybe I Would Have Been Better At Geometry If I Had This In High School

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#63 Why The Chinese Are The Way They Are

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#64 If You Fail You Can Always Say, “The Devil Made Me Do It!”

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#65 This Author Is Cancer

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#66 Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

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#67 My Anaconda Just Don’t…

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#68 C’mon Everyone, Let’s Join In On The Fun!

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#69 Kissing The Coronavirus Is Back!

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  Made in USA, Japan

#70 Photoshop? I’ve Got My Kids!

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#71 What The… What??

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#72 Til That Native American Women Shot At Cowboys With Lasers (Also There Was Young Love In The Wild West)

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#73 From The Author Of Kissing The Coronavirus!

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#74 This Book Was Recommended In A Thread About Power Armor, But The Cover Is Ridiculous

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#75 Odd Experiment I’d Expect This From Bert And Ernie But Not Elmo And Grover

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#76 I Think Mom Has Taken This Too Literally…

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#77 How To Talk With Your Dog About Homosexuality And Communism

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#78 Lisa Simpson Grew Up To Be A Hitchhiker

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#79 You Gotta Love The Covers Kai Chooses For His Books

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#80 That Man Is Most Assuredly Deceased

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#81 Ok

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#82 Tractor Teacher

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#83 “These Heels Were Made For Walking, Through The Apocalypse”

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#84 À Mash Made In Heaven. The Title Is Sexy Potatoes. I’m Sure They’re Onions

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#85 This Is Bad Even For The Low Bar Of Dinosaur Erotica

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#86 No Ponies In The House!

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#87 Oh No

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#88 My Latest Purchase

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#89 …if You Say So!

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#90 Do Movie Covers Count?

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#91 Terrible Everything

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#92 Our Library Was Trying To Get Rid Of This One

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#93 Religious Fruitcake 101

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#94 I Think The Title Is Just As Bad As The Photo

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#95 Browsing Through Books At A Thrift Store, Um…

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#96 I’m Not Sure Why You’d Pick Such An Utterly Terrifying Cover For A Joke Book

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#97 My Friend Showed Me This

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#98 3 Hands

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#99 Who Decided This Was A Good Idea For A Book About Family Violence?!

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#100 In Our Neighborhood David Has Aids By Doris Sanford

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#101 The 1987 Berkley Reprint Cover Of ‘It’ Is Really, Really Bad…

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#102 It’s Actually A Good Book

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#103 This Butt-Faced Alien Viking

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#104 People Who Need To Die: Bad Drivers

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#105 Warm Fuzzies For Lonely People, Now With Beanie Babies!

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  Vanilla Ice Cream

#106 The Very Hungry Cthulupillar

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#107 Check This Kindle Author’s Sweet Photoshop Skillz

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#108 This Infamous Serbian 8th Grade Biology Textbook… With Nicolas Cage On The Cover, For Some Reason

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#109 How Do You Even Begin

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#110 Milk: The Deadly Poison

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#111 1 Will Protecc, Rest Will Attacc. Choose Wisely

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#112 What Even

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#113 Empress Theresa – “Improved” Edition

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#114 I Feel Violated

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#115 The Gears Are My Favorite Part

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#116 How To Make Beautiful Food In A Mold

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#117 No

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#118 Do Online Book Covers Count? Because, Yikes

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#119 Hey Girl… I Heard You Like Book Covers

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#120 Ms Paint! I Have Missed You So Much!

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#121 The Title Was Weird Enough To Get My Attention At The Library

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#122 I Loved These Books When I Was Younger But This Is Just Horrible

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#123 Wat

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#124 Ah Now This Is Modern Art

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#125 Subtlety Is The Key

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#126 I’m Not Entirely Sure What That Is But I’m Not Convinced Kids Would Eat It

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#127 I Have Spoken Too Soon…

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#128 A Shell Of A Read

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#129 Cookbook Covers Shouldn’t Be Uncomfortable

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#130 Amazing Book, Hilarious Cover

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#131 I Found This At My School’s Library

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#132 Going To Learn This Language Just To Read This Book. Art

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#133 The Dangers Of Kissing… Or Whatever These People Are Doing

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#134 Why Are His Feet So Detailed

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#135 Not Another Lotr Fanfic!

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#136 Found This Beauty At Goodwill

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#137 “He A Little Confused, But He Got The Spirit”

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#138 Oof No Thanks

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#139 No This Is Not Lord Of The Rings

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#140 Of Animals, With… Of Animals

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#141 Presenting To You: The Very First Draft Of “Stranger Things”

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#142 Uncanny Valley Much?

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#143 Picked This One Up At A Thrift Store

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#144 Sexy Lunchbox Mystery

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