Cover Love: My Favorite Book Covers of 2020

As I did last year, I’ve picked out some favorite book covers from the year’s new releases. In general, slap some flora and/or fauna on and I’m going to be drawn to a book. Sometimes these covers are colorful and busy; other times the layout is more stark.

Here are my favorite covers from books I’ve actually read:

Plus a few I’ve read whose covers aren’t quite like the others:

I prefer the U.S. cover (left) to the U.K. cover (right) in these four cases:

And here are covers that caught my eye even though I’ve not had a chance to read the books themselves (including USA-only releases and books my library doesn’t own):

A few even buck the flora + fauna trend, employing interesting lines, shapes or perspective instead.

If I had to narrow it down, I think these three would be my absolute favorite covers of 2020:

What cover trends have you noticed this year?

Which ones tend to grab your attention?

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    1. Sorry the link turned out like that!

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    2. Naomi M. was wondering about that, too! I wouldn’t have put those two together in my mind, yet it would make sense as they are stories about a (mostly gay) group of friends.

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  1. That All the Animals on Earth jacket is distinctly disconcerting! If you haven’t yet planned your Christmas reading, Nick Bradley’s The Cat and the City is right up your street.

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    1. It’s bizarre, isn’t it?! I requested it on Edelweiss almost entirely for the title and cover, but I can’t see myself getting to it any time soon.

      I have The Cat and the City on order from the library. It doesn’t look like it will arrive before the holidays, but I’ll try to read it early next year.

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      1. It looks as if they’re about to have a chat!

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  2. Loved seeing your favourite covers. Vesper Flights is probably my favourite, and a great book too.
    I loved the cover of Piranesi (Susanna Clarke) and also Philosophy for Polar Explorers which shows that simple and straightforward covers can be the best!

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    1. Vesper Flights is probably my NF book of the year … but stay tuned for my final rankings next week 🙂

      Piranesi does have a very striking cover. It probably just missed my cutoff here.

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  3. I’m really shallow. Covers matter to me as I make book choices. Of the ones you’ve shown, my three winners all feature birds: ‘An indifference of birds’, ‘Vesper flights’ and ‘The liar’s dictionary’. Funny how we can date a book by its cover too.

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    1. I absolutely agree: an appealing cover is essential! And I am such a sucker for a bird cover. (All three of those are worth reading if you haven’t already.)

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      1. One down and two to go ,,,

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  4. Both the Australian and UK covers of ‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott are stunning and fit well with your love of bird covers! Fabulous novel too, and one I can’t stop recommending.

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    1. I wasn’t so taken with Flames, so didn’t read his follow-up. But I agree the covers are gorgeous.

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  5. LOTS of floral covers this year I thought.

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    1. Definitely! It’s a trend I’ve been noticing for a few years now, and it clearly works because those covers always attract me 🙂

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  6. Interesting! On a superficial note, how did you opt to format your bottom image with SO many covers in it. It seems to load into a slide show but presents as a single image in the context of the post. I do enjoy comparing the covers when they’re lined up like this, the four from the U.S. industry and the four from the U.K. but I don’t usually trouble to look them up myself. Are you spending more time in publishers’ catalogues than I am, or do you have a particular interest in visuals? (I prefer the 1st and 3rd in the UK and share your preference on the 2nd and 4th.)

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    1. The main image? It’s a thumbnail gallery in 6 columns rather than a slideshow. I just do whatever free WordPress allows! And I’ve almost never looked at publisher catalogues, though I know I “should”. I find out about overwhelming numbers of books through all my various channels — periodicals, blogs, e-newsletters, NetGalley/Edelweiss, social media — that I’m almost scared to scour catalogues; I don’t need any more books on my radar! So all of these covers were from my virtual TBR assembled over the year.

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