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12 Stunning Book Covers That Caught Our Eye in 2017

With the endless supply of books out there, it can often be hard to make a decision as to which lucky books we will pick up and read. As readers, we have devised various methods for making that hard decision, from the author to the plot to the genre. More often than not, however, we definitely decide by judging the book by its cover. 
 

Though we know we shouldn’t, as our subjective opinions may result in missing out on moving stories, we can’t deny the temptation of beautiful book covers. Here are twelve stunning book covers from works published in 2017 that gives us nearly enough reason to buy the book.

 

 

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

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There is something absolutely striking about the bold brushed font and overwhelming spiral displayed on the book cover! It’s chaotic yet contained in a way that commands your attention and pulls you in. 

 

2. Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

 

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The way the font carries off the edges of this cover is eerie and in a way uncomfortable, and yet, the cover itself is captivating because of the color scheme. The calming purple mixed with the warm blues gives readers a galactic vibe, inviting them into the story.

 

 

3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

 

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This book cover looks like a landscape painting right off the walls of the Metro Museum. It’s beautiful in a simplistic yet deeply layered way, bringing a contrasting vibe of familiarity and the unknown. For readers like me who enjoy subtle suspense and discomfort (in a way that keeps you invested in the story), this cover is everything.

 

4. Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan

 

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This book cover is reminiscent of the Californian coast, a vibe of warmth and fun, yet maintains a sense of originality through the use of this domineering black outline. It makes me feel like I am an observer spying on an event or group of individuals closely (again, as a reader who is into suspense thrillers, I’m drawn to the story). 

 

5. Anything is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

 

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At first glance, this book cover seems a little simplistic. However, the peculiar double-imaging adds in a layer of drama and complexity that initially makes me wonder what the story is about. The color scheme is also lovely!

 

6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

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Though it took me awhile to judge whether or not I liked this book cover, I came to the conclusion that it is absolutely brilliant! It’s odd in that I can’t compare it to any other book covers I’ve seen before, yet it’s originality is what is so fascinating. The tiny details and somewhat unrecognizable objects immediately captured my attention and, if I saw it in a bookstore, would be enough to make me pick up the book.

 

7. What We Lose: A Novel by Zinzi Clemmons

 

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Clemens book cover is absolutely stunning and feels like something you might see in an art museum. The warm color scheme, delicate flowers, and somewhat undistinguished facial features are fascinating.

 

8. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

 

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Like a page out of a graphic novel, this book cover tells a story on its own. The juxtaposition of an intimate living space with the vast landscape in the background is powerful in an unforeseen way. The color scheme is haunting and warm in a peculiar way that works.

 

9. A Separation by Katie Kitamura

 

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If it isn’t already clear, I’m fascinated by how artists can represent such power, depth, and story through simple designs. This book cover manages to use simple brushstrokes and a small color palette, yet raises goosebumps on my arms when I look at it. Simply stunning.

 

10. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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What I find stunning about this book cover is how uncomfortable it makes me. The font is bizarre it it’s active movement, The background image is huge and interacts with the font in a peculiar way, and the details in the water are distracting and hard to decipher at first glance. And yet, everything about it works (in my opinion). It’s odd, overwhelming, and it seems like that’s the point. 

 

11. Artemis by Andy Weir

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Though this front cover is pretty simplistic and not entirely unique, the font itself is enough to place it on this list. The plain yet interwoven lines are incredibly unique and grab my attention immediately. Though the lack of vibrant colors would potentially lose a readers’ eye, the iconic contrast of black and white manages to work. 

 

 

Bonus: Not From 2017 But Still Stunning

 

12. Euphoria by Lily King

 

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I discovered this book a few years ago while browsing in Barnes and Nobles. Out of the hundreds of books displayed in the store, this book immediately grabbed my attention for it’s artistic cover. The colorful design offers an array of different vibes, creating a very real aura of mystery behind the story itself. In addition, if you’ve ever actually held the book in person then you would discover that the texture of the book is incredibly unique. It has a leathery feel, departing from the plain-ole paper feel. From the look to the feeling, you won’t be able to put it down!

 

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