Swoon Over 18 Of This Year’s Most Beautiful Book Covers

Judge away.

It's a designer's job to make sure that a book can be fairly judged by its cover. A scholarly book about gender fluidity might have two geometric shapes merging into one on its jacket; a dense plot about marital entanglements might be illustrated by a thick bouquet of roses and wildflowers. Our favorite covers this year -- aside from those that were just plain pretty -- were those that best communicated the books' contents.

The cover for Matteo Pericoli's collection of drawings illustrating writers' window views had a translucent, window-like jacket wrapped around a sketch of the Hagia Sophia. The cover for Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed covers a man's eyes and mouth with florescent spray paint, resulting in an alluring yet disturbing image.

For the prettiest, most clever, and most communicative book covers of the year, see below.

Windows on the World by Matteo Pericoli

Penguin Press

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Random House

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Random House

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson


Satin Island by Tom McCarthy


So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson


Is Shame Necessary? by Jennifer Jacquet


Sphinx by Anne Garréta

Deep Vellum

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

Blue Rider Press

Imperium by Christian Kracht

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector

New Directions

Broadcast Hysteria by A. Brad Schwartz


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews


Hold Still by Sally Mann

W.W. Norton

The Art of the Publisher by Roberto Calasso


Discontent and its Civilizations by Mohsin Hamid


The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

Penguin Press

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