The Best Book Covers of 2012


Do you ever buy a book because you are attracted to its cover?

Admit it.  You’re walking past a row of books when something catches your attention.  You pause for a second, linger just a moment and, before you know it, you’re flipping through it and standing in line at a register.

Book covers can do that.  A well-designed book jacket invites you in.

Readers of this blog know that I love books and am surrounded by them.  Last year, my wife even surprised me with bookshelves in the last remaining room without them: our furnace room!  Yes, devices are terrific and mine get used plenty.  But, I love the feel of a real book and I enjoy the artistry of a good cover.

So, here is my list of best book covers for 2012.  (And, if you missed, here are the best book covers of 2011.) Let me know your favorite.  And, if you see a great one in 2013, leave a comment here so we can consider it for next year’s list.

(See also 5 Winning Lessons from Book Covers.)

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel




What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang


Whats Left of Me


The Selection by Kiera Cass




The Insurgent by Veronica Roth




The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus




Privacy by Garret Keizer




The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale




Some Assembly Required by Anne & Sam Lamott


Anne Lamott


Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto


Eight Girls Taking Pictures


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

(see my interview with John Green here)



The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland


Love Does by Bob Goff




Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket




Building Stories by Chris Ware


Building Stories


The Broken Lands by Kate Milford


The Broken Lands


Bloodland by Alan Glynn



The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King


Stephen King

Have a favorite or least favorite? If you've read one of these books, does the cover match the story? Beyond 2012, what are your favorite book covers of all time? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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