Anyone who has spent time on this blog knows that I am an absolute sucker for a gorgeous cover. I’ll always pick up a beautifully designed book, and the cover will sway me to purchase a book about 80% of the time.
I’ve picked my top ten book covers from 2017. It was a tough decision, and my original list was way longer than ten. These are the books that made me immediately hit that ‘request’ button on NetGalley or made me stop for a second look in the bookshop.
Godblind by Anna Stephens
I haven’t read this one yet, but who could resist this cover? It’s on my list of books to read in July and I can’t wait.
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
I ended up DNFing this book (you can see my review and reasons why here), but I absolutely adore the covers for this series. Ninefox Gambit was definitely a cover buy for me, and I loved it.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I’ve had trouble with the covers of Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (the US ones are pretty awful), causing me to never pick up any of her books. Strange the Dreamer changed all of that. Bonus points for being a book that needs to be read in hardback – the format only enhances the book’s beauty.
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
I loved everything about this book, including its gorgeous purple and black cover. It so perfectly captures the look and feel of the book’s plot and setting.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval was one of the most overhyped books of the year (sorry!), but I can absolutely see why. The black, white, and gold are absolutely stunning! Bonus points for the four embossed covers hiding under the jacket.
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
I am totally biased because I love the US covers of Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives series. In addition to these books being just fantastic works of fantasy, the beautiful Michael Whelan covers are absolutely stunning.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is a rare example of the US and UK covers being so different, but still equally beautiful. I bought the hardback on a whim because I liked the cover so much, and it turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
This cover stopped me dead in my tracks. I usually don’t like covers that are just a photograph, but this one manages to capture the haunting feeling of the book so perfectly.
A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris
I absolutely loved Harris’s The Gospel of Loki (another stunning cover, by the way), and got incredibly excited to see this up on NetGalley. With the simplicity of the black and gold coupled with a great design, I was immediately pulled in.
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
I’m really excited to read this one! The gorgeous colors made me pause and read the synopsis, which sounds fantastic. It is reminiscent of the old Foundation covers and anything even tangentially Asimov-related is sure to capture my interest.
What do you think of these? What are your favorite book covers of 2017? Are you completely shallow like me and will only buy good-looking books? Let me know!