The Best Book Covers of 2016

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It’s no secret that I love books. A few years ago, I confessed to abiliophobia, the fear of being without a book or at least something to read. (Try telling your doctor about your affliction and see what happens.) There’s little more concerning to me than being stuck somewhere with nothing to read.

Fortunately for me, my career has me covered. Whether visiting a library, a book warehouse, an author conference, a publisher, a bookstore or my home, I always have several within reach.

Like most of us, a book cover captures my interest. I often pause and peruse books simply based on the graphic design.

Do you ever buy a book because you are attracted to its cover?  That’s the goal of every designer: to influence that moment and make you take action. Pick me up!

Each year, I make a list of the best book covers.  And, it’s not only fun, did you know that book covers also offer valuable leadership and goal setting lessons?  (Click here to read more.)

If you want to compare this year’s list with previous years:

2015 Best Book Covers

2014 Best Book Covers

2013 Best Book Covers

2012 Best Book Covers

2011 Best Book Covers

Without further ado, here are the Best Book Covers of 2016.

(If you click any of the titles it takes you to the book on Amazon.)

Cruel Crown By Victoria Aveyard

9780062435347

The Children’s Home By Charles Lambert

9781501117398

 

The Night Gardener By the Jan Brothers

9781481439787

 

Greatest Landscapes By National Geographic

9781426217128

 

The Comet Seekers By Helen Sedgwick

9780062448767

 

The Muse By Jessie Burton

9780062471611

Commonwealth By Ann Patchett

9780062491794

 

Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett

9780316261357

 

Tek By Patrick McDonnell

9780316338059

 

Stargazer’s Sister By Carrie Brown

9781501277344

 

How to Set a Fire and Why By Jesse Ball

9781101870570

 

The Pacific Crest Trail By Mark Larabee and Barney Scoutt Mann

9780847849765

 

 All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders

9780765379948

 

 Jungle By Dan Kainen and Kathy Wollard

Editor Note: This image fails to show that the frog’s eyes move and blink when you move the book even slightly.

9780761189534

 

Atlas Obscura By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ellen Morton

9780761169086

 

Liar by Rob Roberge

9780553448061

 

 The Bear and the Piano By David Litchfield

9780544674547

 

Pond By Claire-Louise Bennett

9780399575891

 

 

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