As the saying goes, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But sometimes we can’t resist. A beautiful cover draws you in and whets your appetite for the story ahead. Eye-catching artwork, graphics, and typography set the stage for what’s to come.
Reading a good book is great, but reading a good book with a stunning cover is even better. If you’re looking to brighten up your collection, check out these 16 gorgeous book covers. They’ll brighten up your bookshelf or coffee table in a snap.
Matt Sumell’s main character Alby isn’t the nicest, but the book he lives inside sure is.
A beautiful cover for a beautiful story.
The artwork for In Case of Emergency really gets our heart pumping.
All of Ben Marcus’s book covers are stunning, but The Flame Alphabet is a true standout.
Fans of Jenny Lawson will recognize her intricate doodles right away.
Such simple typography, yet so effective.
If it feels like The Underground Railroad is everywhere right now, that’s because it is. It won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. Needless to say, it belongs on your bookshelf.
Thanks to Jandy Nelson’s melt-in-your-mouth metaphors, I’ll Give You the Sun is beautiful inside and out.
BRB, googling “Fates and Furies wallpaper” to see if we can get this print for our bedrooms.
Chad Harbach’s novel about college baseball players has a fitting collegiate, almost nostalgia-inducing cover.
Jade Chang’s cover for The Wangs vs. The World is only outshined by her story of a Chinese immigrant trying to provide for his family in America.
This collection of short stories is dark and eerie, and its cover is just as twisted. We love it.
We’re suckers for all things personalized, like the pencils on The Craftsman. We’ll take a dozen of the gold pencils, please!
The cover of The Sun is Also a Star is everything the book is: beautiful, romantic, and carefully crafted.
At first glance, Unbecoming looks like a shiny gold gem. But on second look, you’ll start to see a woman’s facial features come into focus. It’s a work of art.
We wish we could frame Stuart Dybek’s book cover, but we’ll settle for giving it prime real estate on our bookshelves.