Cover Love: My Favorite Book Covers of 2019

I’ve picked 26 favorite book covers from 2019, most of which are on books I haven’t yet managed to read – either they’re U.S.-only releases, or my library doesn’t own a copy. In the past I have sometimes found that the most eye-catching covers and the most striking titles end up belonging to disappointing books, but at least a few have bucked that trend.

Here are my favorite covers from books I have actually read or am currently reading:

And here are the rest:

What have we learned from this exercise? That I’m a total sucker for flora and fauna on book covers, especially birds. (Bizarrely, rabbits/hares make four appearances, too.)

What cover trends have you noticed this year?

Which tend to grab your attention?

32 responses

  1. Great post, Rebecca. That The New Me jacket is very eye-catching although I thought the book was overrated. My own 2019 favourites were Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s very pink The Liar, Vesna Main’s Good Day? and Chloe Turner’s Witches Sail in Eggshells.

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    1. I’ve only seen a handful of Goodreads reviews for The New Me. It’s certainly not a priority. (I just love the fly, how it looks like it must be a mistake.) I do like that still life on Witches Sail.

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  2. I think I was the only one who didn’t like the jacket for The Confession – such a shame after the beautiful jackets for her previous two novels. I thought it was too crowded and the rabbit was weird! I agree with pretty much all your other favourites though – I tend to prefer US covers so I’m not surprised that many of them are US only.

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    1. One of the internal illustrations from the Tom Cox book is very similar to the cover of The Confession: a rabbit outline filled in with flowers, etc.

      I do hope some of these books will make their way to the UK. Otherwise my only hope of reading them (since I’ve missed my chance on NetGalley if I ever had one) is to buy a secondhand copy. Like I said, though, I often find that the most eye-catching covers end up housing really disappointing books, or maybe it’s just that I’ve put too great a weight of expectation on them.

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    2. P.S. The U.S. cover of Stubborn Archivist would also be among my favourites, but it’s not the edition I read so would seem like cheating 🙂 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40796015-stubborn-archivist

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    3. I forgot Starling Days, another birdy cover I loved.

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      1. Ooh yes, a pretty cover for a not-great book.

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    4. I liked it a little more than you did 😉 But yeah…

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  3. I rather like that fox, and I love the woodcut style of the Tom Cox. What a great idea for a post.

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    1. I feel like there have been a lot of fox books in the last few years.

      Cox’s mother does all the woodcuts for his books. They’re rather lovely.

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    2. I stand corrected: his mum does all the interior engravings, but the cover is by Clare Melinsky.

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  4. If we’re going to judge all of those books by their covers – and why not? – for me the winner is Johannes Anyuru. A lovely cover, and intriguing too.

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    1. I agree — I would make a rare exception and read a speculative / time travel novel based on the synopsis (and that cover).

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  5. As always – a great post. While I’ve not read any of the books, I enjoyed the Nature themed covers.

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    1. Thank you! It’s true, they are almost all nature-y this year, even if it’s just a floral background.

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  6. What lovely covers and yes, indeed, lots of nature on there!

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    1. Flowers, especially, have been huge in cover design this year and last. They knew just how to hook me in, it seems 😉

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  7. Love the cover of Little Weirds and also the soft pastels of Willa & Hesper.

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    1. If you’ve watched Parks and Recreation, a fun piece of trivia I learned is that the author of Little Weirds, Jenny Slate, played Mona Lisa.

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  8. I’m a fan of trees and whales on covers. Turtles and octopuses also come to mind.
    How To Come Alive Again catches my eye.

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    1. Marine life gets your vote! I don’t often encounter it on book covers, but I know you’ve had some Atlantic Canada books feature it recently.

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      1. I love the cover of The Difference by Marina Endicott!

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    2. Oooh! I’ve only ever read her book The Little Shadows.

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      1. I have liked all of her books. Little Shadows is the only one I haven’t read! And I’ve only read half of The Difference – just waiting for it to come back to me again from the library so I can finish!

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    3. I read Little Shadows with a book club years ago and I’m afraid none of us liked it! But I don’t know anything about her other work, so maybe this was just a one-off.

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      1. Good to a Fault and Close to Hugh are both contemporary. Maybe you’d like them more? The first one I read was Good to a Fault.

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    4. Here’s a tree cover I love (I’m currently reading this one): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44284647-the-dearly-beloved.

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      1. That’s a nice one! It reminds me of the cover of An American Marriage.

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    5. Good point. Very similar.

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  9. Book covers, lovely post thnx to share

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