Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Redesigns

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is about book cover redesigns.  I decided to feature ten covers I own that I’m not very fond of compared to versions I wish I had.  My dislike of a book cover certainly won’t prevent me from reading or even buying a book.  However, I might be a little choosy when it comes to book covers if they wear out, and I end up needing to replace them in the future!

Beauty by Robin McKinley-I actually don’t dislike the cover I have (on the left).  I just like the one on the right more!


The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley-I don’t think my copy on the left really fits the story.  I much prefer the one on the right.


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien-I have the black cover on the left.  I had to purchase it for a class when I was in seventh grade, and while I was blown away by the story, I’ve never liked the cover.  I wish I had the one on the right.


The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien-I read The Fellowship of the Ring in the same class mentioned above and picked up the rest of the series on my own.  These are the covers I have.


I like these covers better.
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen-I have the cover on the left.  I don’t hate it.  It is a very pretty color, but I like the cover on the right better.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte-I really dislike the cover for my copy of Jane Eyre (the one on the left).  I picked it up on a used books store because I really wanted to read it.  If I ever replace it, I’ll go for something more like the one on the right.

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Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis-My copy is okay, but the one on the right is gorgeous!


Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice-I have the cover on the left, and after looking at covers for this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a huge fan of any of them!  However, I like the one on the right a bit better.


What do you think?  Which of my covers do you prefer?  The covers I own or the ones I wish I did?  Are you passionate about book covers or indifferent?


  1. The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Rings have gone through many cover redesigns over the years. I agree that The Hobbit cover on the right fits the story better. And neither cover for Interview with the Vampire seems to do much to sell the story.

    • Poinsettia says

      I completely agree about Interview with the Vampire. When I started looking up covers for it, I was shocked. It is such a great book and none of the covers do it justice!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  2. That Jane Eyre cover on the right is beautiful and I love the Northanger Abbey one too! Great list! ?

    • Poinsettia says

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my list. I had fun making it and looking up all the pretty cover options there are.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  3. I really like that Persephone cover on the right. And I agree with you one Northanger Abbey and Jane Eyre. Those portraits on the cover are just stunning! 😀

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, the portrait style covers are beautiful, and I think they would look nice next to each other on a shelf. I tend to keep my historical fiction like the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen together.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  4. Oh gosh! Gollum looks absolutely terrifying on the The Hobbit cover!

  5. I really love the cover on the right for Beauty! It’s so pretty. So is Persephone. Great list! 🙂

    • Poinsettia says

      Thank you! Yes, they are gorgeous covers. Maybe someday I’ll have them on my shelf.

      Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  6. I have the Lord of the Rings covers that you have!

    • Poinsettia says

      Neat! What are your feelings on the covers? Do you like them or wish you had different versions?

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  7. That second Beauty cover is nice. And I really like that second Hobbit cover.

    I think I like the first Persephone too.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, the second Beauty and Hobbit covers are so good!

      I like both Persephone covers, and I really enjoyed the book too!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  8. That LOTR cover you have is terrible, I must agree. Those older books have so many redesigns and some of them just don’t work. It makes you wonder who makes these decisions.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, the LOTR covers just don’t do the story justice. I also wonder who made the cover design decision on them!

      I didn’t really have a choice back then though on the covers. At least they all match. But, as you mentioned, there are so many redesigns for the older books that I should be able to find something nicer one day if I need to replace them.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! 🙂

  9. I also have the Interview with a Vampire on the left. I think I like it better. I wish they would redo this series and do them justice.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, I think the series definitely needs covers that do them justice!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  10. Gosh it’s amazing how boring those older Tolkien covers are!

    • Poinsettia says

      Definitely! It makes me wonder who decided those designs were a good fit for the series!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  11. It always seems like classics either come in ugly covers or super pretty covers, don’t they? I had to buy some Austen books for class once and I had to get the like Oxford World Classics editions—they weren’t ugly ugly, but compared to all those pretty Austen editions out there, they definitely paled in comparison.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, it does seem like it is either a love or hate situation with classics. I have an Oxford World Classic edition of Anne Bronte’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and it is okay. Definitely not a wow.

      But yes, there are some gorgeous covers for classics. I hope to be able to collect some of them!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  12. Oh, the cover of Beauty that you like more is so beautiful. I can definitely see why. I love the artwork. Side note, I have such a soft spot for the covers that Penguin Classics used for the prints of Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey–the artwork they selected for the covers is just so beautiful and the rest of the design is so simple. I don’t know if it’s just because those were similar to the first classics I ever read (cover art wise) so I am just super attached to them or not but I adore them!

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, that cover for Beauty is gorgeous! I really wish I had it.

      I really like the Penguin Classic covers too! My copy of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is a Penguin Classic edition and I love it. If I pick up some of my other books in that style I think they will all look very nice on a shelf together!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  13. As I look at your examples I realize how dated some covers look, which can be a real turn off. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      Yes, some of my book covers are rather old and dated looking. I suppose that’s the hazard of shopping at a used bookstore occasionally!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  14. I don’t know which is newer, but I think the rose design of ‘Beauty’ has more of a contemporary look to it (meaning it’s more in line with the current designs, etc). I’ve heard SO many amazing things about this book, but alas, I’ve never read it. Someday! Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      The rose redesign is more recent than the one I have on the left. I’ve had the one on the left for years. Beauty is a wonderful story and is a favorite of mine. I hope you get a chance to read it some day.

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  15. Agree about the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books – those right/below covers are just so much nicer!

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, I’ve lamented my LOTR covers many times, and I just might have to replace them some day. At least all my books match! It would be so much worse if they didn’t!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂


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