We’ve all seen those covers where we might cringe or think it’s not “our thing,” but we pick it up anyway because the blurb sounded cool. Sometimes to our surprise, those reads become some of our new favorites! What are some books you’ve picked up and thought you wouldn’t like because of the cover but loved the story?

This was a fun topic! I think Bujold and Cherryh have had more than their fair share of bad covers that don’t represent the books in any way.

1, Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold


It’s the UK edition and I have no idea who that person is. The story follows a woman who has lived under a curse for decades and is finally free of it.

2, Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs


The Venus books aren’t as good as the Barsoom or Tarzan books but still, this cover looks pretty amateurish.

3, The Forty Thousand in Ghenna by C. J. Cherryh


The book is anthropological SF. A human colony is set on an alien planet called Gehenna. The story follows their struggles.

4, Cuckoo’s Egg by C. J. Cherryh


The book is about a human who is raised by aliens, but I’m not sure this is a very appealing cover…

5, Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold


Again I have no idea who these characters are. I guess the man in the chair could be the main character Miles.