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
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
Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto
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
Love Does by Bob Goff
Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Building Stories by Chris Ware
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Bloodland by Alan Glynn
The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King