~ Photographs of people’s faces or entire bodies. I don’t mind partial faces (an eye, from the nose down, a mouth, etc.), but I hate it when a complete face is shown. I want to picture the characters for myself, thank you very much.
~ Photographs of obviously modern people on the covers of historical fiction. I don’t care how well you costume someone; a model from the 21st century very rarely looks as if she could be an Edwardian milkmaid.
~ Pictures of women’s feet dangling in water. It’s been way overdone.
~ Nothing but stark text. I want something more than just words on a cover. If the text is somehow creative or demonstrates something about the book, that’s different.
~ Couples about to kiss.
~ When a style of cover changes partway through the series. If I own a series, I want the covers to match. Sometimes the change is for the better, but it still makes me mad.
What about you? What are your book cover pet peeves?