The Best Book Covers of 2019

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It’s incredibly difficult to believe that we are nearing the end of the year and the end of a decade.

As you prepare for the holidays, maybe you are busy thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals. Maybe you’re thinking about that crazy uncle that will show up at dinner, and how to handle his political rant. Maybe you’re trying to figure out what to buy that special someone.

Though I’m not quite sure what you may be thinking about right now, I am certain of one thing: you’ve been non-stop waiting for this year’s annual book cover winners. You’ve been up late at night, wondering what would make the cut. Admit it, you also have been looking back at winners from the past, nostalgic about book art.

Wait no longer. It’s finally here! The 2019 winners are below.

Before we share the winners….

Do you ever buy a book because of 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 each year. 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:

2018 Best Book Covers

2017 Best Book Covers

2016 Best Book Covers

2015 Best Book Covers

2014 Best Book Covers

2013 Best Book Covers

2012 Best Book Covers

2011 Best Book Covers

 


“In the old days, books had awful covers and marvelous content; nowadays, the opposite happens.” -Giacomo Leopardi

 


“If you cannot judge a book by its cover, surely we should not judge an author by one book alone?”-E.A. Bucchianeri

 


“If people don’t notice your cover or don’t connect with it, the author of the book next to yours will be very grateful.” -David Leonhardt

 


“Yet I have come to distrust book jackets calculated to prick desire like a Bloomingdale’s window, as if you could wear what you read.” -Lynne Sharon Schwartz

 

Here are the Best Book Covers of 2019:

 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

the starless sea

Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck.

beware the night

The River by Peter Heller.

The River

 

Deep River by Karl Marlantes.

deep river

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

the dutch house

 

The Municipalists by Seth Fried.

The Municipalists

 

Man Fast by Natasha Scripture.

man fast

 

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire.

In an Absent Dream

 

The Binding by Bridget Collins.

The Binding

 

The Crying Book by Heather Christle.

the crying book

 

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing.

cerulean

 

Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

wilder girls

 

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He.

descendant of the crane

 

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh.

silver in the wood

 

The Ash Family by Molly Dektar.

the ash family

 

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly.

song for a whale

 

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman.

the bridge home

 

Inland by TÉA OBREHT

inland

 

One Day by Gene Weingarten.

one day

 

Finale by Stephanie Garber.

finale

 

All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth.

all the lives we ever lived

 

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Liu.

the unpassing

 

 

“Good cover design is not only about beauty…it’s a visual sales pitch.” -Eeva Lancaster

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