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
Shouting Won’t Help by Katherine Bouton
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
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.)
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.