The 10 Best Book Covers of October
In Praise of Jackets as Sweater-Weather Arrives
Another month of books, another month of book covers. This month, as the leaves turned in the real world, I found myself drawn not only the rich autumnal shades you might expect, but also to restrained black and white, with only a few outliers in between. As always, though, I like it when things get weird. Below, my favorite book covers from October.
It’s fun, for one thing, and like all the best book covers it’s also intriguing—but the real genius for me is the inclusion of the shadow created by “a novel” (and no other shadows).
Everything about this cover sings: the hyper-saturation, the vintage collage vibes, the newsprint-esque stippling, the carefully placed flames, the way the text travels across the field, conveying a sense of drama and rhythm.
The illustration is the centerpiece here, of course, but Ratchford sets it off perfectly (and cheekily) with the color story and text treatment—I love the contrast between the hot pink title (the letters ever-so-slightly askew—chef’s kiss) and the elegant cursive of the author and extra text.
This is another cover that frames a piece of art to great effect—the left aligned text balances the weight of the sleeping figures, the pink is expertly chosen, and the pale color of the word “Pessimists” really ties the room together.
I’m always a sucker for a single-object book cover—especially when the object becomes the cover itself, in a way, as this one does. Plus, you can’t beat that green.
This cover is an example of how much you can do with very little—it’s a text-based book cover, with only a small illustration, but it has such a distinct sense of movement and depth, like an exquisite matchbox that you want to hang on your wall. Also, another saturated, vintage autumn-toned color story!
I find this image captivating—something about the intense texture of the clouds, and our distance from them as framed by the window. Wilkinson must agree, because she has given the image center stage, creating a frame for the frame, and adding the elegant, clever mirroring in the text.
And here’s another mirrored, minimalist cover—less lovely, but engaging all the same, and suggesting, appropriately for the book, a sort of folding of time and space.
This is an example of a book cover that is truly perfect for its book—what else would you want for a novel about Tekserve than a test print page? If you’re looking for a good time, I also recommend Shopsin’s website.
Honestly, it’s almost subversive, to go this vintage—it looks like some gorgeous wallpaper has grown a title and author. I love it.