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16 Of The Best Book Covers From 2016

It’s December and Christmas is around the corner (SO EXCITING, I can’t wait to throw presents at people), with New Year on the horizon after that.

And that made me think about how many great books have come out during 2016 and all the gorgeous covers we’ve been bequeathed. Seriously, there have been some beauties.

I know I should insert some comment here about not judging a book by its cover, but nah. We all do it. We all try hard not to, but sometimes the pull of a lovely cover is just too much. And that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a bookshelf full of splendid covers – I know I do.

So let’s celebrate the fact that we’ve been gifted some wonderfully artsy, colourful and clever covers this year. Here are 16 of my favourite covers of 2016. (These are in no particular order!)

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


The very first time I saw this book my reaction was ‘wow, that’s a stunner!’ The blue tones are incredibly pleasing on the eye and the elegant, eerie image of a woman makes it a rather poignant cover.

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


love how bold this cover is! The designs of the three crowns are so intricate and being set against the black background really makes the pop.

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


I think black and white always work well together on book covers and this is no exception. The crow is just epic and every time I look at this cover I lament the fact that I don’t (yet) own a copy. But SOON.

4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi


In contrast to the bold black and white of Nevernight, the bright colours of Furthermore are what drew me in. I love colour, so this cover is a dream to look at for me!

5. Runemarks by Joanne Harris (new cover re-release)


Although Runemarks wasn’t released in 2016, it was re-released with a new cover, and boy is it a stunner. The artistry that’s gone into this design is thoughtful and really captures the essence of the book in a way that the previous covers didn’t quite do.

6. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


Oh man, the typeset of this title is just everything. I’m a sucker for swirly fonts so this has me frothing at the mouth.

7. A Million Worlds With You


SO. MUCH. VIVID. COLOUR. IT’S GORGEOUS. I adore this colour palette, and the way it expresses the different worlds is just outstanding. I need this book on my shelf. Like now.

8. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


The way the circle is made to look like stars on this cover and the lines made to look like constellations is exquisite. The colour transition also does wonders to portray a sunrise (could be a sunset but to me it looks more like a sunrise) and I’m a fan of gradients like this.

9. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab


Of course, I couldn’t make this list without including my fantasy queen V. E Schwab. Both the UK and US editions of her Shades of Magic series have gorgeous covers  and when this one came out earlier this year I couldn’t stop gazing at it. The design is so clever because it gives a suggestion of what will happen in the novel (Schwab has previously explained that the coloured disks represent the different Londons in her story) and the colour scheme matches the first book beautifully.

10. The Vegetarian by Han Kang


Both covers for this novel are beautiful, but I especially love this one because the outline of the woman looks so striking against the bright background.

11. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee


I think we all know by now that I love Asia and am a sucker for Asian-inspired art and literature. So, naturally, this one had me at first glance.

12. The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho


I only saw this cover for the first time today, but I just had to include it. The aesthetic captured my attention straight away and, having read the synopsis, I immediately want to buy it.

13. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


So many birds. So pretty. That is all.

14. The Graces by Laure Eve


The gold of this cover just gets me every time. It’s the kind of book you’d notice from the other side of the room in a library – it just stands out.

15. The Guineveres by Sarah Domet


Oh this cover speaks to me on so many levels. The colours. The hair. OK, so it’s basically only two levels, but I love it nonetheless. The simplicity is what really makes it work.

16. Freedom Is Space For The Soul by Glen Hirshberg


I have no words for this cover. I have run out of words while crying over the other 15 books. Just look at it. Mesmerising.

Other dreamy covers that almost made the list:

(The bottom right cover without a title is Burned Away, a short story which can be read here.)

Let me know some of your favourite covers of 2016 (links to any Goodreads pages would be amazing!) and if any of these are on your list!


16 thoughts on “16 Of The Best Book Covers From 2016

  1. I agree with A Gathering of Shadows being on this list! I’d also add the reprinted Vintage edition of The Night Circus (which my friend is getting me for Christmas and I’m SO EXCITED about)!

  2. Great post Kate, and a great way to celebrate 2016 as well! I love the covers for all of the Firebird series but I think A Million Worlds With You is my favourite, I love to space part of that one!
    Also I’m glad to see the Shades of Magic series as well. It’s my favourite fantasy and both the UK and US versions have amazing covers too! 😀

    1. Aww thanks Beth! I’m going to do one about my favourite books of this year (and not just covers!) but I thought I’d save that for later in the month. 🙂 Yeah, I’ve seen the other two Firebird covers and this one is definitely my favourite! Yes, totally agree that the UK and US covers are equally as good, I have the UK ones, but I’m hoping to collect the US ones too!

      1. I’m planning on doing an overview of my favourite books of 2016 but likewise that won’t be until the end of this month. I think if I was going to do one on the covers it would be miles long! 😀
        I’m hoping to collect the US ones, I’ve actually already ordered them and they should be arriving in March! Very excited, a fair bit of money but for my favourite series well worth it! 😀

          1. Crooked Kingdom is definitely going to be on mine (I read Six of Crows last year so that one won’t be).
            I just got them from the US version of Amazon. It costs quite a bit in shipping but it’s my favourite series so it’s worth it for those books in those covers in hardcover as well! 😀

          2. CK is currently BLOWING MY MIND RIGHT INTO THE STRATOSPHERE. Aww nice, I think I’ll either try and get the US copies after the series ends (*cries for a thousand years*) or maybe see if I can sweet talk anyone I know going to the US to get them for me 🙂

          3. You’ve probably still got a lot of mind blowing chapters to get through. I don’t even know where you are in the book but where ever you are I can guarantee there are still some epic reveals to come! 🙂
            Not long until the series ends now is it? But hopefully you’ll manage to get your hands on the US editions somehow! 🙂

  3. I love the UK cover of A Gathering of Shadows way more than the plan US one. Same goes for Three Dark Crowns with the AUS version (have you seen that one with the single crown and the roses? Gorge!) Oh, and Iron Cast is def on the list. But I like a couple on here I haven’t seen before and I’m going to check out.
    Also, Heartless is cover porn and so is Hotel Ruby (was that 2016? I might be getting confused)
    Oh, and The Girl Who Drank The Moon. I got it just for the cover, lol!
    I’m going to need to make a list now! 😂🤣😂

    1. I just want to collect ALL the Shades of Magic covers, they’re all stunning! And yes! I’ve seen that version of Three Dark Crowns (we have it in the UK too) but I actually prefer the one with the three individual crowns! I’ve just looked up the cover for The Girl who Drank the Moon and it’s amazing! 😀

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