We’ve been told since we were kids that we shouldn’t judge books by their covers. And maybe that’s true. But I’m the sort of book lover who drags my begrudging friends through a bookstore just so I can pick up my favorite book (that I already own) and shove the cover into their faces and say, “Isn’t this the best thing you’ve ever seen???” And then we stay there until they agree with me.
There’s no one single recipe for what makes a book cover great, but when you see it, you just know, this is going to be amazing. And also, I want to hold this in my hands forever.
Here are seven covers that will make you feel exactly that:
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
If you’re like me, you’ll read any book with a bird on the cover, just on principle. But even beyond that, the illustrated jacket of this book is just so gorgeous, and the lush colors and details make this a cover I could stare at all day long (and pretty much already do).
City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition by Cassandra Clare
True, there’s no longer a shirtless Jace on the cover, but the this revamped 10th Anniversary cover is fine. The runes and border design give the book an authentically Shadowhunter-y vibe that makes it feel like you could find it on a bookshelf at the Institute (except we all know it would never be on a shelf, because it’s the kind of book that never leaves your bedside table.)
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The first time I saw this cover, I didn’t even know what I was looking at (is it a snake? Is it a dead snake? Is it a crest of some kind?) – I just knew I had to read it. The bursts of light over the darker colors strike just the right tone, and you can easily lose track of time running your fingers over the embossed design.
Strange Truth by Maggie Thrash
I love this paperback cover because it tells me everything I want to know about this book. It rocks the Twin Peaks/Riverdale vibe, and the eerie green lettering just pops off the pinkish trees in the background. It’s just genius.
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Have I mentioned that I love bird covers? Compared to Diabolic, The Empress is darker and moodier, but in the fiercest way possible. I’m obsessed.
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
So maybe you’re catching on that I like dark, glow-y covers. That doesn’t change the fact that one in particular is its own art form, down to the gorgeous font choice. I’d like to get my hands on a copy just so I can tilt it back and forth in the light. Distracting? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely.
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
I love this book because it has everything I need to go “wow.” Romance? YES. Fire? YES. Intense font? YES! What’s not to love?
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
This cover is eerie and hauntingly beautiful. It makes me feel so many things when I look at! Ultimately, IT MAKES ME NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING! Also, that title treatment with the star in the title is just perfection.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
This cover is so glorious and has so many different focal points–the flames, the Scythes, the faces beneath the hoods. The vibrant colors also lend themselves to me absolutely needing to pick up and devour this book right now!