The Best Book Covers of 2012

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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

 

underwaterdogs

 

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

 

Whats Left of Me

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

 

Selection

 

The Insurgent by Veronica Roth

 

InsurgentBC

 

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

 

FlameAlphabetBC

 

Privacy by Garret Keizer

 

privacybc

 

The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale

 

pasta

 

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)

tfios

 

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

 

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland

 

Love Does by Bob Goff

 

lovedoes

 

Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

 

lemony

 

Building Stories by Chris Ware

 

Building Stories

 

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford

 

The Broken Lands

 

Bloodland by Alan Glynn

 

Bloodland

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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