Some books you can’t judge by its cover. On the other hand, some books will raise controversy with just the cover alone. Here are some of the bestselling published works nowadays that are quite shocking in their own way.

#1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The book cover of published work Lolita, written by Vladimir Nabokov, is quite controversial. It is debatable whether the peach-colored picture on the cover is a cleavage of a rear end or the crook of an arm. When you are with fellow book lovers, this one can be a good conversation starter.

#2. Jesus In Love by Kittredge Cherry

Jesus In Love does not only have a contentious book cover. The theme of the novel is a topic of controversy as well. After all, this one deals with the Holy Man, Son of God, Jesus.

#3. Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III

Bizarro fiction is a contemporary literary genre with the elements of satire, absurdism, pop-surrealism, and the grotesque. If bizarro fiction is not bizarre yet, add on to that the bizarre covers drawn for novels under this genre. One prime example of that is Satan Burger written by Carlton Mellick III.

#4. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Erica Jong’s book entitled Fear of Flying has been considered one of the novels with controversial covers. It subtly, if it is still indeed subtle, illustrates the female privates. Some people might be scandalized by the front cover. It is not a book you’d want to bring out in public.

#5. Inside Madeleine by Paula Bomer

At one glance, the book of Paula Bomer entitled Inside Madeleine will look like it is just sporting a brushstroked letter M. However, the novella’s book cover actually cleverly maps out the female’s most sensitive territory.

#6. Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Described as a bold book by the Daily Beast, Tampa by Alissa Nutting is nothing short of an impeccably written novel. The book cover of this masterpiece is more subtle than that of Jong’s Fear of Flying. The Tampa book showcases a button hole that stands-in for the female privates.

#7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The original book cover of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn’t disputable. The controversy lies with the redesigned cover in commemoration of the book’s 50th anniversary edition. Many people believe that the new cover is over-sexualised. There are even others who think that the new design is quite creepy.

#8. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

Household objects standing in for something else is becoming a common redesign concept for book covers. With Emily Nagoki’s published book Come As You Are, a simple opened pouch became a stand-in for a sensitive female part.

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