The 10 Best Book Covers of July
Books and Books and Books (and Books)
Another month of books, another month of book covers. It’s the dead of summer, but this month’s selections have energy. They might even be, as the kids say, a vibe?
Usually I don’t love covers that make use of famous artworks—because, you know, we’ve seen it—but here, with the punched-up colors and extravagant 90s font, it really works.
This is the perfect level of chaos for a book cover—funny and sexy and weird and sad, while also kind of giving me old-school Sunday comic strip vibes. Most importantly, it doesn’t look like anything else out there.
This cover strikes the perfect semi-surrealist note for the book at hand, whose central conceit I will not give away here. And like the last cover, it stands out from the pack for sheer originality!
So perfect, so restrained, so intriguing, so irreverent. I love everything about it.
Another gorgeous (but totally different) use of an existing artwork—in this case, an illustration of the nine-headed bird of Chinese mythology—paired with a custom text treatment.
There’s something very unsettling about this cover—the dead tree defying our expectations by breaking the bounds of its frame, not to mention the blood red back there—that makes it particularly memorable.
If you read this column with any regularity, you know I love object covers, but this time it’s the (Rorschach) stain for me!
I mean, you gotta love it.
This cover gives major Saul Bass movie poster vibes, which makes it pretty perfect for the novel at hand, a moody, charming, irreverent noir about old books and New York City. (Can’t wait for the adaptation.)
Another cover that takes something from movie posters—I get a whiff of Jaws here—but whose power comes from scale and simplicity.