Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2020

 
 

It’s the end of another year, and that means it’s time to do all my bookish end of the year posts! Yay!

I don’t do a lot of posts about book covers anymore, but I do so love a pretty cover. Good artwork and/or good, cohesive design *chef’s kiss*

So anyway, here are all my favorite covers from the books I read in 2020!

*I did my best to find cover artists, but I just couldn’t find the info for some of the books. If you happen to know any of the ones I’m missing, let me know so I can give them credit!*


The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford – Cover by Julie Wright

The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford

This one is clearly right up my alley. It’s such pretty and cute art! Also I just love merman art lol.

[MY REVIEW]

The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles – Cover by Simoné & LC Chase

The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles

I just love this! Including the old-looking style. And I love the perfect smirk on the one character’s face. I love when covers perfectly match their books and the characters in them.

[MY REVIEW]

Dead Acre by Rhett C. Bruno & Jaime Castle

Dead Acre by Rhett C. Bruno & Jaime Castle

This one is cool-looking and definitely captures the weird west vibe!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg – Covers by Will Staehle

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergThe Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I’ve always loved these! They’ve got such a cute style, and I love black and white covers with a splash of color. I also like how they incorporate little details from the stories.

[MY REVIEW]

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – Cover by Dana Li & Miranda Meeks

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

This one is just so pretty!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – Cover by Mars Lauderbaugh

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This one is also just so pretty!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell – Cover by Micaela Alcaino

The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell

This is such a cute design!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

This isn’t my usual kind of cover, as you can probably tell from this post, but it’s got this interesting ethereal feel and is pretty to look at.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee – Cover by Jay Aheer

Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee

Another one that is just so pretty!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh MafiIgnite Me by Tahereh MafiRestore Me by Tahereh MafiDefy Me by Tahereh MafiImagine Me by Tahereh MafiDestroy Me by Tahereh MafiFracture Me by Tahereh MafiShadow Me by Tahereh MafiReveal Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’m pretty sure I included these in a post when I first read the the first three, but I had to include them again because look at them! They’re all gorgeous.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

This one is just so pleasant to look at and has such a cute style and design!

[MY REVIEW]

The Pisces by Melissa Broder – Cover by Rachel Willey & Tim O’Brien

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

I don’t really know why, but I just love this cover. It really catches my attention. I like the style of the art and how much it pops! And also kind of how weird it is.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

The Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon by Megan Derr – Cover by John Coulthart

The Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon by Megan Derr

This series always has nice covers! I love how strong the colors are.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

The Letter that Doomed Nosferatu by Steve Berman

The Letter that Doomed Nosferatu by Steve Berman

I just love the look of this one! It’s really well-designed. Everything works together really well.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Krampus Hates Christmas by Andi Van – Cover by AngstyG

It’s just so pretty! Another one that’s really designed really well with everything working so well together.

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

Gideon the Ninth / Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – Covers by Tommy Arnold

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn MuirHarrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

If I have to pick a favorite from this year, these are in my top picks. This artwork is just so badass and awesome and gorgeous!

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

The Merman Series by X. Aratare

Transformation by X. AratareAcceptance by X. AratareCaller by X. AratareUndersea by X. AratareLandfall by X. Aratare

And these are my other top picks! Absolutely beautiful artwork, absolutely beautiful men, and I’m also a sucker for merfolk :-P

[QUICK THOUGHTS]

In Case You Missed It:

Check out my other end of the year posts!
Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2020
Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2020 + Some Non-Bookish Things

 
 
 
 

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  1. Greg

    Awesome picks. I miss Cover Characteristics! Whatever happened to them? I guess they musta went on hiatus and never came back or whatever. Anyway I love the covers for The Merman and the Pirate, and the Shatter Me covers have always ben favorites of mine. Mercenaries has that otherwordly quality to it, like someone looking out on a new world…

    And yes merfolk make the best covers. :):)