The 12 Best Book Covers of July
Another month of books, another month of book covers. Another month of pandemic, another month of staying inside. Another month of anxiety, another month of taking delight where we can find it. And so, to that end, here are my favorite book covers from the past few weeks, which it seems we’re calling July—some beautiful, some menacing (and several both); some experimental, some soothing. As always, if I missed your favorite, add it on to the list in the comments. At a time like this, you can’t have too many.
This cover manages to be weird, menacing, and well . . . pretty. At the risk of showing my age, the color story reminds me of those Trapper Keepers I so desperately coveted—but with a twist. I love it.
A cover that rewards close attention—or at least, it took me a little while to see what was really going on here: a cardboard dollhouse. Once your eyes adjust, it’s pretty brilliant.
There’s nothing so technically incredible about this cover: it’s just a photograph with a typographical treatment overlaid, like so many others. And yet, something about the proportions draw me in; I find it coercive in the best way, which is just what you want from your book covers.
The self-referential typewriter font. The droll slice of suburban (or beach house?) surrealism. I love it when a book cover is actually funny and good-looking at the same time.
It’s all about the perspective—and the texture.
I think I would like this cover a lot even if it did not remind me of one of my all-time favorites—Tom McCarthy’s C, of course. The manila folder trompe l’oeil is a nice touch.
The colors are juicy, the figure is intriguing (a lighter emblazoned with a strawberry?), and I’m always a sucker for small, tight text on book covers. All in all, a delicious one.
Here’s another cover with a great color story, though this time it’s in service of a baroque explosion of vintage flowers around two compelling figures: one peeking at the audience, one with a blindfold. It manages to be both beautiful and slightly scary, a combination that makes me want to read the book.
This cover reminds me of those circular maps that you have to align to take you to the sunken treasure, which is absolutely the reason that I read. Add the 18th century lover’s eye at the center and I am more than sold.
A cover that feels lush and secretive; it’s not clear exactly what’s going on here, but it makes you want to find out.
Uncanny, odd, beautiful despite itself, and unlike any other book cover you’ve seen before: it has to be designed by Na Kim.
Come on. You gotta love it. And it makes a nice companion piece to your other gorgeous Pessoa.