Kathryn Lindsay
Updated Jul 01, 2016 @ 9:45 am
beautiful book covers
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The old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is definitely true in life. Appearances, surface traits, all that stuff is not a good measure of what a person or situation really is like. But ironically, when it comes to books, I’ve found that really good book covers promise really good reading and it they’re even more important in the digital age. These covers are so pretty, you want them in your hands (even if it’s just for a really good Instagram).

While there are so many beautiful books out there, here are 10 of our favorites that are as great to read as they are to look at:

1. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

Credit: Riverhead Books

Summery and light, this book is perfect for those lazy vacation days.

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2. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan

Credit: Scribner

So good. So heartbreaking.

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3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

Credit: Little, Brown and Company

The story is just as surprising and quirky as those sunglasses.

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4. Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi

Credit: Viking

You will get lost in this book, but never want to leave.

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5. NW, by Zadie Smith

Credit: Penguin

Trust Zadie Smith to write something so gritty yet so aesthetically appealing.

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6. Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia

Credit: Greenwillow Books

Have you seen anything more dreamy?

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7. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, by Alexandra Kleeman

Credit: Harper

So simple yet totally enthralling.

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8. Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Credit: Harper Perennial

Is it normal to be in love with a font?

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9. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

Credit: Miramax

We can totally relate in ways we can’t quite put into words — this applies to the cover and the story.

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10. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Credit: Vintage

Feminism is FUNKY and FUN, just like this cover.

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