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
I 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!