The 13 Best Book Covers of May
Are Those Stars in Your Eyes?
Another month of books, another month of book covers. This May, it was all about playing with scale: we got enormous rabbits, even bigger pills, tiny foxes, layered torsos, and of course, the endless maw of space-time. All made for very good book covers, and my favorites from the month-that-was are below.
That rabbit, you guys. The rabbit itself, and also the scale of the rabbit, and also the irreverence of the typeface—all these things get me good.
Are the stars—or space particles—aligning to form the title and author name? Or is the text dissolving into the ether? In the endless vacuum that is space, it could be both at once.
This might as well be a gorgeous, textured, impressionist painting of a sea, merely signed and annotated by the artist. I want to hang it on the wall.
At first it looks like another one of those brightly patterned backgrounds with big block text—until you see the simple but evocative rendering of pregnant bellies. A cover perfect for the book at hand.
Weird and wonderful, like pretty much everything Ai Weiwei does.
The color saturation here is magic—and so is the way the light blurs at the far end of the row of trees, bending reality, misting everything over in an eerie and compelling glow.
John Gall is playing with scale in interesting ways here—notice the way the text bleeds off the edges, which contrasts with the relatively small image, an irreverent collage that is textbook Gall (and textbook Russell, too).
What are those cherries doing in her hair?
Strong contender for my favorite book cover of the year, because it combines three of my favorite things: irreverent collage, artfully obscured faces, and that dope green (last seen on another great fave, Sudden Death). Please note that the book inside is also very good.
Talk about scale—and color, too.
Oliver Munday is a very reliable source for excellent book covers—this one suits its source material in that it looks a little like a handcrafted zine passed from hand to hand. Only quite a bit more striking.
A very on-trend representation of schizophrenia (or maybe just an interesting image). Again, a book cover that could double as a piece of art.
Did you even notice that the symbols and icons are mismatched? Brain exploding emoji.