The 30 Best Book Covers of 2017

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The 30 Best Book Covers of 2017

We ignored the cardinal rule of literature—“don’t judge a book by its cover”—to assemble this collection of 2017’s best book covers. The reality is that a striking design can influence whether we’ll pick up a title or leave it untouched on a shelf, so talented designers craft images that will catch our eye as well as communicate a book’s content.

With this in mind, we selected 30 gorgeous covers* that weave creativity and practicality into memorable designs. These are by no means the only exceptional covers released this year, but they are some of our favorites.

If you want to view even more stunning book covers, we recommend visiting both Spine Magazine’s and The Casual Optimist’s websites. They introduced us to most of our favorites this year, and you can get lost for hours viewing literary eye candy at each site.

*Rather than rank the covers, we listed them in an aesthetically pleasing order.

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Cover design by Tyler Comrie and Rodrigo Corral

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai

Cover design by Paul Sahre

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Cover design by Regina Flath

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Cover design by Teagan White

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

Cover design by M.S. Corley

Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka, translated by Michael Hoffman

Cover design by John Gall

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

Cover design by Peter Mendelsund

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Cover design by Rachel Willey

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller

Cover design by Elena Giavaldi and photo by Lee Price

Lotus by Lijia Zhang

Cover design by Adly Elewa