The Best Book Covers of 2019

Book Jackets

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.



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



One Day by Gene Weingarten.

one day


Finale by Stephanie Garber.



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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