The Best Book Covers of 2013

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Readers of this blog know that I love books.  There must be some psychological label for someone who must have a book within reach at all times.  Whether at home or at the office, whether on a flight or a long drive, I am uncomfortable unless a book is close by.

In recent years, my career has me surrounded with books.  As I walk down an aisle of books, I need to use all my willpower not to stop and start browsing. And what captures my attention?  Book covers.

Book Covers Pull You In

Do you ever buy a book because you are attracted to its cover?  Book covers do that.  A well-designed book jacket stops you. Maybe makes you squint or smile or pause for a second. It calls you to pick up the book and look inside.

Each year, I make a list of the best book covers.  Here is my 2013 list. (And, if you missed, here are the best book covers of 2012 and 2011.) What’s your favorite?

I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

 

Shouting Won’t Help by Katherine Bouton

Shouting Won’t Help by Katherine Bouton

 

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

 

Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

 

Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive by David Goldstein and Otto Kroeger (see my interview with David Goldstein here.)

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East of Denver by Gregory Hill

East of Denver by Gregory Hill

I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

 

Gardens of Marrakesh by Angelica Gray

9780711233454

 

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

9781595145994

 

Pulse by Patrick Carman

Pulse by Patrick Carman

 

Loveworks: How the world’s top marketers make emotional connections to win in the Marketplace by Brian Sheehan (see my interview with Brian Sheehan here).

Loveworks: How the world's top marketers make emotional connections to win in the Marketplace by Brian Sheehan

 

Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed by Laura Heyenga

Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed by Laura Heyenga

 

She Left Me the Gun by  Emma Brockes

9781594204593

 

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

9780316216852

 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth 9780062024060

Below by Med McKinley

9780763661267

 

If you see a great book jacket in 2014, leave a comment here so we can consider it for next year’s list.

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