The 17 Best Book Covers of March
Textures, Colors . . . Black and White Photographs?
Another month of books, another month of book covers. This month, I saw a whole lot of texture—from trompe d’oeils to overlays to actual, you know, physical texture—as well as fun colors (look at that chartreuse!) and an unusual number of desaturated photographs, which brought some gravitas to the whole affair. To kick off your spring reading (or just your spring book-admiring, I don’t judge), here are a few of my favorite book covers of the month. Enjoy, and as always, feel free to add any favorites you don’t see here to the list in the comments.
Is the monster tail coming out of her sketchbook—or out of her dress? Either way, we’ve got great, unusual colors, a fun illustration, and bold overlaid text treatment: I’m sold.
Again with the unexpected colors pulling more than their weight here—and I’ve never seen a mailing envelope in the shape of a coffin before.
This is a fresh take on the typical old-photo-of-the-author-style memoir cover. I like the way it suggests a scattering of old photographs, but still manages to be stark and compelling. Even the white against the aged beige is unexpected and very pleasing.
Let me tell you: in real life, it glitters. Read more about Abraham’s process designing the cover here.
These are all members of Jackson’s family—the effect is quite moving. And it makes me want to hear their stories.
I love the suggestion of the moon made by the D in this dissected “midnight,” and the fact that this cover has been constructed completely out of shades of blue.
Wow, do I love this cover—the ripped-off stack of photos (roll of photos?) that becomes a landscape is just gorgeous.
I’ve seen covers like this before—the headless torso, the handwriting—but there’s something about the diffuse light at the edges and the soft colors that make it more intriguing than most.
You can’t quite tell from the image, but only the bottom half (the matchbook part) of this trompe-d’oeil jacket is the slipcover—the matches are on the book itself (and are revealed in full when you slide back the slipcover. It is glorious.
I love the weird, doll-like treatment of the figure on this cover—those lashes—and, yet again, the colors.
The best part of this cover is the way the rainbow spray coming from the fire hydrant is tagging the title, just the tiniest bit.
A luxurious, textural design; the book almost looks like fine cloth, except when you stop to examine the way the text treatment interacts with the strings of gold.
You really have to see this book in person to appreciate it: the phrase “ghost stories” is recessed into the hardcover book, and the colors are richer than they look here. In any case, it’s wonderful.
This one isn’t necessarily beautiful—it looks a little bit odd, the collage jarring—but I suppose that’s why it caught my eye. It’s not afraid to be weird.
A striking woodcut effect and bold colorways make this one pop off the shelf.
A perfect marriage of image and text, this cover creates a mood.
I might still love this cover if it were just the slightly blurry colored pencil image of the girl’s head quadrant—I love a dislocated eye on a book cover—but in addition to all that, there’s the fly.