The Best Book Covers of 2017


Book Jackets

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Why? Because it’s time to reveal our favorite book jackets.

A few years ago, I confessed to abiliophobia and many of my readers rushed immediately to the doctor to ask about this affliction! Because many of you share it with me. It’s the fear of being without a book or something to read. I will hyperventilate if I am trapped on an international flight without plenty of books.

Do you ever buy a book because you are attracted to its cover?

Do you ever just admire the book cover for its artistic qualities?

Regular readers of this website know that 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:

2016 Best Book Covers

2015 Best Book Covers

2014 Best Book Covers

2013 Best Book Covers

2012 Best Book Covers

2011 Best Book Covers



Here are the Best Book Covers of 2017.

Exes by Max Winter


Release by Patrick Ness

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones


Hollow by Owen Egerton


The List by Patricia Forde


The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater (author) and Terry Fan and Eric Fan (illustrators)


An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard


Vacationland by John Hodgman


The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Incendiary by Michael Cannell

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey


Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgård

Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly


Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes


Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Brown (author) and Loren Long (illustrator)


Made for Love by Alissa Nutting


The Long Drop by Denise Mina


Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman


The Age of Perpetual Light by Josh Weil


Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Now I realize this next cover is one for 2018, but I just have to include it. It is my first book and Jody Waldrup (who has been featured on this list previously) did such a wonderful job that I’m including it in both years!


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I hope you enjoyed our picks for 2017. What did we miss? If you have any suggestions for 2018, you can always send them in for consideration.


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