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:
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
The Children’s Home By Charles Lambert
The Night Gardener By the Jan Brothers
Greatest Landscapes By National Geographic
The Comet Seekers By Helen Sedgwick
The Muse By Jessie Burton
Commonwealth By Ann Patchett
Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett
Tek By Patrick McDonnell
Stargazer’s Sister By Carrie Brown
How to Set a Fire and Why By Jesse Ball
The Pacific Crest Trail By Mark Larabee and Barney Scoutt Mann
All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders
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.
Atlas Obscura By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ellen Morton
Liar by Rob Roberge
The Bear and the Piano By David Litchfield
Pond By Claire-Louise Bennett