This is a sort of fun, meaningless post that I always have a lot of fun with, so let’s do it!
Unlike my best and worst lists, for this post I do like to stick with books that were actually published in 2020. So, here are some of my favorite covers of the year:
- It is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham (One World)
- No One Asked for This by Cazzie David (Mariner Books)
- The Lightness by Emily Temple (William Morrow)
- True Love by Sarah Gerard (Harper)
- The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels (Hub City Press)
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, UK)
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow)
- Hysteria by Jessica Gross (Unnamed Press)
- The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens (FSG)
- The Island Child by Molly Aitken (Canongate, UK)
- The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith (Harper)
- Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica (Scribner)
- Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica (Puskin Press, UK)
- Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford (Little, Brown, and Co)
- Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager)
- Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey (Knopf)
- Rest and Be Thankful by Emma Glass (Bloomsbury)
- If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (Viking, UK)
- I Hold a Wolf By the Ears by Laura van den Berg (FSG)
- The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao (Atria Books)
What was your favorite book cover of 2020?
Kicking off my end of year round up series with a fun one: favorite covers.
To be completely honest with you, I don’t think 2019 was a very strong year for book covers. While compiling this list I kept finding myself drawn to 2020 releases, but I wanted to stick with books published this year. That said, there were some highlights! It’s interesting to me that I was drawn to a lot of busy covers this year (with notable exceptions) when in general I describe my taste as preferring minimalist cover design. Case in point: this is probably my favorite cover ever. But for whatever reason, these are the ones that won me over this year.
I’m also (evidently) a sucker for the white text on a black and white photo design. Sorry.
I’m also including one title from late 2018 that I hadn’t included in my previous year’s post. Sorry sorry.
- Throw Me to the Wolves by Patrick McGuinness (Bloomsbury)
- On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl (Fourth Estate, UK)
- Find Me by André Aciman (FSG)
- Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Canongate, UK)
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press)
- Lie With Me by Philippe Besson (Scribner)
- The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells (Penguin Books)
- Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Pushkin Press)
- Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar (Tin House Books)
- Valerie by Sara Stridsberg (FSG)
- Tell Them of Battles, Kings & Elephants by Mathias Énard (New Directions)
What’s your favorite cover from 2019? Comment and let me know!
I wasn’t planning on doing a post like this but I saw Hannah and Aurora do it and it looked like such fun. So here we go. Favorite covers of 2018.
- Almost Love by Louise O’Neill (riverrun, UK): Not usually a fan of faces on covers but the muted colors are a good look.
- Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Doubleday, US): Again, I usually hate the single eye on a cover look, but the smudged eyeliner takes this to another level.
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press, US): Technically from 2017 but this feels more like a 2018 book so I’m including it. This is probably my cover of the year to be completely honest. It’s iconic, minimalist, and memorable, what more could you ask for.
- Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon (Scribner, US): In contrast, this one is a bit busy, but the color scheme is great and this image fits so well with the content of the book.
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press, US): Easily one of the most iconic covers of the year.
- Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber, UK): I just really like pink, what can I say.
- In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder Press, UK): …… I just really like pink, what can I say.
- The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Hogarth, US): I don’t know if this is objectively pretty or if it’s so ugly it’s good, but either way I just adore this cover.
- Tin Man by Sarah Winman (GP Putnam & Sons, US): I’m easily won over by a bit of gold foil.
- I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, UK): Probably tied with The Idiot for my favorite: I love anatomical hearts on covers (Hannah and I have a growing collection of heart cover books that we send each other that hopefully one day we will compile into a blog post), and this one is just stunning.
- The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin (Berkley, US): Another clear frontrunner in the anatomical heart cover category.
- Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray, UK): This composition!
- Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager, US): A dramatic cover befitting the drama within very nicely.
What’s your favorite cover from 2018? Comment and let me know!
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:
OCTOBER 17 – Top 5 favourite book covers
Cheating a bit, but here we go:
Human Acts by Han Kang: This is one of my all-time favorite cover designs; I love the simple yet eerie imagery and I love the dissonance of the muted yellow.
The William Morrow covers of Agatha Christie‘s novels. A few faves: And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, Endless Night, Sparkling Cyanide. I’m obsessed with this series of covers and I’m slowly working on collecting them all…. I may go broke in the process but I’m having fun with it so far.
Running by Cara Hoffman. This was a very strange little novel that I didn’t completely love, but I think the cover design is stunning – I love the Greek statues and the slightly off-tone primary colors.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang: I genuinely tried to narrow it down and choose only one Han Kang cover, but I love both of them so much. I love how delightfully creepy this one is, and I love the bold red of the background.
The Kopp Sisters series by Amy Stewart: Girl Waits With Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions. I love the old fashioned newspaper cover design and the use of bold colors. And Constance Kopp’s no-nonsense expression in all of these images is pretty great.
What can I say – I’m pretty predictable. Bold colors + some cool art design + clean font are the way to my heart.
What are some of your favorite book covers?