The 12 Best Book Covers of January
Starting the Year Off Right
Another month of books, another month of book covers. Here are some favorites from the first few weeks of the year.
The emotional, almost claustrophobic effect of the text over the image (Vase of Flowers by Jan Davidsz de Heem) is a perfect fit for this novel. And the big “NON” just gets me.
I’m always a sucker for that Kelly Green, and also for books on books, and also for infinite regress. The cut off text at top and bottom—to show us that we’re just looking at any random moment in the progression—is brilliant.
An intriguing combination of title and image if ever there was one.
Charming and sinister at the same time.
I am not at all sure what is going on here—physically, I mean—but the color choices pop and the overall effect is very striking.
Like a deep breath of cold, fresh air. I love the way the text trails down from left to right.
So much is done with such simple elements; I love the juxtaposition of the block text and austere color blocks against the winking script orbiting the stars.
A pink cover, a pattern cover, a weird and lovely cover.
The composition is gorgeous and perfectly balanced, but it’s the quality of the details—the cutout halftone clouds, the yellow highlights on rider, etc.—that bring this cover to the next level.
“Despite its heavy themes, I found Akbar’s novel to be insanely funny,” Huang told Literary Hub. “I cackled many times while reading the manuscript. More than anything, I wanted to evoke this unique tragi-comedic tone on the cover. One of the central, recurring images is this Iranian ‘Angel of Death’ warrior. I experimented with scale and ultimately found the warrior in miniature to be most striking, with ‘a novel’ set in a deadpan speech bubble. I was also lucky to stumble upon the perfect decorative typeface to activate all that negative space. To me, humor is one of the most alluring qualities in a book (and really, in life) so it was an absolute treat to work on Akbar’s novel.”
Another very good green—it pops on both bookshelf and screen—on a cover that is low-key very funny.
Just a little rude, in the best way.