Book Cover Porn

Confession: I totally judge books by their cover. In fact, sometimes the only reason I buy a book is because it’s pretty. Good book design will definitely turn my head and make me pick up a book, even if it’s not something I’d normally be interested in. I even fantasize about becoming a book designer (totally disregarding the fact that I can barely use a computer and I wouldn’t know how to design my way out of a paper bag).

I know I’ve ranted before about how poorly US covers stack up to UK covers on the whole, but this year the US might actually give the Brits a run for their money. I’ve seen some really fantastic book covers so far this year and I’m looking forward to what the second half of the year has in store! Without further ado, here are my top 20 favorite book covers so far this year:

20. Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky (Released 1/4/11) 











19. Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan (Released 1/20/11) 











18. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (released 3/1/11)  











The rest of the list after the break!

17. The Adults by Alison Espach (Released 2/1/11) 











16. The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier (Released 2/1/11) 











15. We The Drowned by Carsten Jensen (Released 2/9/11) 











14. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (Released 3/8/11)  











13. The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard (Released 1/25/11) 

















12. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
(Released 3/3/11)


















11. The Information: A History, A Theory, a Flood by James Gleick (released 3/1/11)



















10. Solo by Rana Dasgupta (Released 2/1/11)











9. Night Soul and Other Stories by Joseph McElroy (Released 1/11/11)











8. Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them by Ted Danson, Michael D’Orso (Released 3/15/11)  











7. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead by Neil Strauss (released 3/15/11) 











6. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Released 2/1/11)  











5. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace (Will Be Released 4/15/11)

















4. Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin (Released 3/15/11)


















3. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Will Be Released 5/10/11)


















2. The Art of Asking Your Boss For a Raise by Georges Perec (Released 3/14/11)


















1. Pym by Mat Johnson (Released 3/1/11)

4 Responses so far.

  1. Jon K says:

    That cover for Solo is amazing! I hadn't see that one yet. Great list!

  2. I love the Saul Bass vibe on #2. The only design I don't really like is for Molotov's because I feel like it looks a little like clip art. I often find that a cover's design begins to make more sense as I work my way through the book. Great post!

  3. Jon K says:

    I thought the same thing about Saul Bass when I saw that one too. Very Man With The Golden Arm-ish.

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