I feel like this is my most anticipated post every year. I mean, I don’t know what you all anticipate, but *I* anticipate it. Book covers are my jam. Little mini works of art! So I love looking back through what I’ve read and finding the most gorgeous ones.
I don’t know if book covers have been getting prettier, or if I’ve just been more drawn to pretty ones since I started blogging, but wow, I read a lot of books with gorgeous covers this year! Aaaaaannnnnddddd here they are!
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Is it obvious that I have a type? 😳😜
I’ll show the covers a bit bigger so that you all to be able to see them more clearly and so I can talk about them and include some series. These are in no particular order (except my top 3 favorites at the end).
*If you’re interested in any of these books, the pictures above link to Amazon US (affiliate links, so that you can help support this blog at no additional cost to you!), but the ones below do not.*
These are the covers I own, and I was admittedly never a big fan. But while rereading them this year, I took the time to really look at them, to pay attention to the artwork, the details, etc., and they grew on me. They all have nice artwork that really includes a lot of detail from the stories, and maybe there is a bit of a nostalgia factor. Also, it’s hard to tell on a computer screen, but in real life, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the most absolutely gorgeous shade of blue I’ve ever seen.
I love the dark, glowing look of these, and the second one really brings to life the creepy beings from the book.
I’ve always loved these. They’re fantastic, and they capture the intensity of the story and fit the books perfectly.
These are also just awesome covers with artwork that’s kind of rough in style, but in a great way! And if you look closely, you can see a person in the gun (alluding to the way the gun is kind of sentient).
These three also have a rough kinda style, and I love it! Beautiful Beast is just gorgeous with its whirlwind of flowers and pink/red colors. (The cover for that one has changed, but this is the one it had when I read it.) Time’s Children looks so fantastical. American Hippo keeps it simple, but it works really well with that text.
This one is technically not a cover, it’s kind of the “cover” for Ch. 1 of the comic, but I couldn’t resist slipping it in because not only is the art amazing, I love the whole feel of it with the pose and the facial expressions and the dynamic between the characters.
You gotta love supernatural creatures, and the art on both of these is absolutely gorgeous!
These are some of the only covers here that don’t have people on them. They’re just as gorgeous though! Cadaver & Queen and Djinn City are also quite minimalistic, but I love them.
These two have such realistic artwork that it’s incredible. (At least I think Trail of Lightning is an illustration?)
The Midnight Gardener is so pretty and kind of magical with beautiful colors. The Root has amazing artwork.
My Top 3
Interestingly enough, not only did I read these three in 2018, they were also released in 2018. And aren’t they gorgeous??? I know I’ve been using that word a lot, but just look at these. Temper has those blue and brown colors, the fractured moon, the intense character, the unique font. Pack has such a cool design with the little town forming a silhouette of a wolf, even using the moon as the wolf’s eye (which is perfect because the book is about werewolves in a small town). And if I had to choose one absolute favorite cover this year, it’d be The Reign of the Departed, illustrated by Micah Epstein (who also illustrated The Last Sun). This was a book that I just had to read when I saw the cover. Sometimes I just completely fall in love with a cover, and this is one of those times. The black, teal, and brown color combo. The amazing, detailed artwork. The unique layout. The interesting wooden man. The whole mysterious vibe. I love it!
Check Out the Rest of My 2018 Top Ten Posts!
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018 – Runners Up
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018
Top Ten Characters from Books I Read (and Games I Played) in 2018
Top Ten Books I Read in 2018 (+ Some Non-Bookish Things)