2011 Atrocious Covers Challenge

Yes, here it is, the challenge you’ve been waiting for (or perhaps not) How many books did you read last year that had truly terrible cover-art? How many books did you pass over in the bookstore simply because they were too ugly or too offensive? Good News!! This year, you won’t have to pass over those titles. Allow the ugly ducklings of the publishing industry to worm their way onto your bookshelf and into your hearts.

Ugly Books Deserve to be Read Too!!


January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011


For the record, “Atrocious Covers” are those which you, personally, find beastly, ugly, offensive, distasteful, grotesque, dirty, scandalous, shocking, sordid, raunchy or obnoxious (please refer to your thesaurus for further details) In short, any cover-art which assaults your senses in any manner. Whether hideous or homely, unseemly or unsightly, all welcome here. As long as you find the cover atrocious, for one reason or another, it qualifies.

Three Levels:

Level 1- (AKA: I just want to feel cool by taking part, but don’t want to really commit to anything) – 2 Books

Level 2 – (AKA: I’m a bit of a wimp, but I want to give this a go anyway) – 5 Books

Level 3 – (AKA: I’m a superstar and I don’t judge books by their covers) – 10 Books


1. Write a challenge sign up post for your blog with a link back to the main 2011 Atrocious Covers Challenge Page. (Feel free to use my terrible attempt at a challenge button at the top of the page or, if you wish to save some embarrassment, feel free to create your own.)

2. You must sign up with the Mr. Linky at the top of this page – Sign-ups will close at 11:59PM (EST) on February 28, 2011.

3. Before the end of January, 2011, I will post a page to which everyone can link with their reviews of their hideous books. It is not a requirement to link your reviews, but in order to take part in the year-end contest, participants will have to link their reviews to said page throughout the course of the year. Only books with a linked review will be considered for the contest.


At the end of 2011 or in Jan of 2012, there will be a contest for the most atrocious cover. Each challenge participant will select one of the atrocious covers that they read for the challenge and it will be pitted against the others. (Only books read and reviewed for the challenge will be eligible) Everyone, not just participants, will vote to decide on the worst cover of the challenge. The participant whose cover is deemed the worst will receive a $100 Gift Certificate from either Book Depository or Amazon.com (I reserve the right to choose)

Note: While I make take part in the challenge, I am not qualified to take part in the contest.

11 Responses to 2011 Atrocious Covers Challenge

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  2. leeswammes says:

    I will sign up, but not yet. Maybe next week or the week after. It’s all to do with spreading my posts out.

  3. Sandra says:

    I like this idea. I may sign up when I get myself organized.

  4. lizzysiddal says:

    How can I resist this? Not a hope …..

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  6. leeswammes says:

    OK, did I officially say I was doing this, yet? Well, I am. Check my challenges page: http://leeswammes.wordpress.com/challenges/ Level 2 only, I’m afraid. But who knows what horrendous books I run into in 2011? It may come to 20 in the end!

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