Book Covers That Are Honest: Our 24 Favorites

Don’t judge a book by its cover? We’d never! However, what if book covers were actually honest? What would they say? Book covers don’t always prepare us for what’s really inside.

Let’s start with the Bible book cover

There are so many book covers for the Bible, Although we don’t mean to be irreverent, this one will give you a laugh.

bible book covers

Night Shift by Stephen King book covers

We love Stephen King books, However, this book cover of Night Shift pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?

Stephen King night shift book covers

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger book covers

Even The Catcher in the Rye wasn’t immune to funny interpretations of book covers by the folks at Cracked. Moreover, this cover is perfect.

the catcher in the rye book covers

I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

One of our favorite children’s books of all time. Correspondingly, here is I Love You Forever with a new totally honest cover!

I love you forever book covers

The Kama Sutra book covers

One of the most read books of all time, the Kama Sutra gets a brand new funny book cover. Additionally, this cover is perfect.

Kama Sutra book covers

Where the Red Fern Grows book covers

Who didn’t cry when they read Where the Red Fern Grows? Well, here it is with a classic new honest book cover.

where the red fern grows book cover

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking, you incredible beautiful genius. However, your most memorable book, A Brief History of Time, is hella boring to simple folks like us. Sorry and xoxoxo.

A brief history of time covers

Grimm’s Fairy Tales book covers

Although they’re they classic fairy tales, the Grimm’s Fairy Tales are pretty GRIM. Equally important, we imagine they’ve given plenty of children nightmares, regardless of the book cover!

Grimm's Fairy Tales covers

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

We love this book cover of the classic Hamlet. And we love how Disney adapted Hamlet with The Lion King. Who woulda thunk it?

Hamlet Lion King Book Covers

It by Stephen King

Oh, how we love the Master of Horror. Not sure about this funny book cover, but we bet Stephen King would get a kick out if because he has a good sense of humor.

Stephen King It book covers

Charlotte’s Web

The book Charlotte’s Web is such a beautiful children’s story. However, do you ever think about how creepy it really is?

Charlotte's Web book covers

Watership Down by Richard Adams book cover

Indeed, talking bunnies doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for children. Furthermore, we love this book cover of the classic Watership Down.

Watership Down book cover

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

It’s not often a book title becomes so popular that it becomes a part of a language. Catch-22’s book cover is perfect with this cover!

catch-22 book cover

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke

In other words, to be able to say you read 2001: A Space Odyssey. Furthermore, just watch the movie and then smugly explain “the book” to your friends.

2001 a space odyssey book cover

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen book covers

This honest book cover of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is perfect and so accurate.

pride & prejudice book covers

Animal Farm by George Orwell book covers

If you’re looking for a book cover of Animal Farm, this should do it. However, we’re sort of living Animal Farm now as a society…

animal farm by george orwell

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Absolutely, we need feminism and antibiotics, and Little Women proves that. Thankful for medical advances for sure!

Little women book covers

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Best book cover on our list! Therefore, this perfect describes Lord of the Flies.

Lord of the flies book cover

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

A Stranger in a Strange Land book cover gets a makeover. Seriously, why did no one notice this before?

stranger in a strange land covers

War and Peace by Tolstoy

If you’ve read War and Peace, kudos for you for reading such a long ass book. Therefore, this cover is perfect. Thank goodness for Cliff Notes.

war and peace covers cliff notes

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Yes all men deserves a mention sometimes. In Tess of D’Urberbvilles, this is an honest book cover.

tess of the d'urbervilles book cover

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James book covers

Even The Turn of the Screw, one of the most classic ghost stories of all time, didn’t escape this list of hilarious honest book covers.

the turn of the screw covers book

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradberry

Although Fahrenheit 451 book covers are beautiful, this one got a makeover.

Farrenheit 451 book cover

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

We have a feeling fans of Game of Thrones will find this Game of Thrones book cover hilarious.

game of thrones book cover

We found this hilarious post at Cracked. Furthermore, all images of book covers via Cracked.