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16 of the most gorgeous book covers on our shelves

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.

1. Making Nice by Matt Sumell

Henry Holt and Co.

Matt Sumell’s main character Alby isn’t the nicest, but the book he lives inside sure is.

2. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Riverhead Books

A beautiful cover for a beautiful story.

3. In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno


The artwork for In Case of Emergency really gets our heart pumping.

4. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus


All of Ben Marcus’s book covers are stunning, but The Flame Alphabet is a true standout.

5. You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson

Flatiron Books

Fans of Jenny Lawson will recognize her intricate doodles right away.

6. The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meagan Daum

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Such simple typography, yet so effective.

7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Doubleday Books

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.

8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Dial Books

Thanks to Jandy Nelson’s melt-in-your-mouth metaphors, I’ll Give You the Sun is beautiful inside and out.

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