The 13 Best Book Covers
The Gold Standard(s)
Let’s face it: for most of us, April hasn’t been great. But for those of us stuck at home, there are still nice things and small pleasures to be had, and some of them come to us in the form of book covers. Here’s a baker’s dozen of my favorites for the month.
I mean, look at it. It is covered in gold glitter. You can’t tell me that’s not extremely fun. It absolutely leaps off the shelf, not to mention the screen. This is a great example of taking one concept and pushing it to the limit. (It’s also . . . a little dirty? If you don’t see what I mean, I’ll just take myself back to the gutter and we don’t have to talk about it anymore.)
Another glorious gold cover this month, but with an entirely different attitude. This is specific, striking, and unlike any other cover I’ve seen.
Striking and engaging without being exactly beautiful.
I love the use of space in this collage, and the elements of hand-crafted diagramming.
Um, hello, this is an enormous Cheeto. (Or as Zaidan puts it in the book’s acknowledgements, a “gigantic Cheetophallus.”) Chef’s kiss emoji.
This is one of those covers that almost seems to change before your eyes: at first glance it’s a pleasing, simple cover with a graphic element, but then, as you look closer, that graphic element transforms into a specific gesture. The sense is of motion, perfect for this book.
It’s all about the weird beauty of the illustration here—though the red of the title picks up the collar detail nicely.
I love the juxtaposition of images here, as well as that fresh magenta, which gives the cover a modern, but still eerie, cast.
I love the stripped-down night sky, the way the text fills up all the space on the cover, and the sweet little flowers juxtaposed with the amazing title. It’s pretty and menacing at once.
Continuing with our gold theme this month: this simple, playful cover featuring a gorgeous color balance and an alluring patina. As someone who has decorated many an apartment with artfully hung empty frames, I am on board.
The balance of the image and text here is masterful, and I love the placement of “stories,” but I think my favorite part about this cover is that you read “knife” and you expect “knife” and on first glance you even see “knife,” but . . . that’s a nail file.
If you read this space with any regularity, you know that collaged book covers almost always get me, but this one is particularly good: balanced, weird, and alluring—that eye! That roughly cut-out hand!