The Best Book Covers of 2020

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As we wind down this unprecedented year, I am thinking about the future and am hopeful that better days are ahead. I know it has been a difficult year for many as we have faced uncertainty.

 


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

 

In the midst of a global pandemic and its incalculable added stress, I am glad that books remain a popular escape. And I’m sure you have been anxiously anticipating the annual book cover winners for 2020. I hope it hasn’t added to your stress as you wonder what book art will be enshrined as the best of the best.

Wait no longer. It’s finally here! The 2020 winners are below.

If you want to compare this year’s list with previous years:

2019 Best Book Covers

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

 


“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 2020:

 

Night, Sleep, Death, The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates.

 

Long Bright River by Liz Moore.

 

Nobody Knows But You by Anica Mrose Rissi.

This Is Not A Ghost Story by Andrea Portes.

The Operator by Gretchen Berg.

 

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter.

 

Empire Of Wild by Cherie Dimaline.

 

The Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

 

Whale Day: And Other Poems by Billy Collins.

 

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

 

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole.

 

The Hole by Hiroko Oyamada.

 

The Invisible Life Of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab.

 

The Math Campers by Dan Chiasson.

 

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman.

 

Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han.

 

Little Hill by Alli Warren.

 

Stranger By Night by Edward Hirsch.

 

The Art Of War by Sun Tzu.

 

The Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu.

 

Eat A Peach by David Chang and Gabe Ulla.

 

Every Last Secret by A.R. Torres.

We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu.

A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabell Allende.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

 

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

 

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