Best Book Covers of 2016

As shallow as it is- and extremely against bookworm code- we do judge books by their covers. An interesting or visually appealing cover is what initially draws us in to a book. If it has a cover we like, we’re more likely to pick it up and read the jacket. We even wrote an article explaining why it’s completely fine to judge a book by it’s cover.

While it’s not always true that a good cover equals a good book, we’re still drawn to the ones that have great covers. In honor of 2016, we’ve created a list of the best book covers of the year.

1) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

Design by Oliver Munday


2) Version Control by Dexter Palmer

Design by Janet Hansen 


3) The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan  

Design by Matt Vee


4) The Mothers by Brit Bennett  

Design by Rachel Willey 


5) Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Design by Alex Marto and Art by Margriet Smulders 


6) The Girls by Emma Cline

Design by Peter Mendelsund with lettering by Jenny Pouech


7) The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown

Design by Oliver Munday


8) Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Design by Robin Bilardello 


9) The Hideous Hidden by Sylvia Legris 

Design by Erik Carter 


10) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Design by Elaine C. Damasco and Art by Dominique Falla