Happy Tuesday, all! I thought it’d be fun to showcase some of my favorite book covers that I’ve seen over the years! There are some really neat ones. I’m linking all the images from Goodreads, so you can go check out the synopses and things if you like. 🙂 Well, without further eloquence, here you are! My top 20 favorite book covers! These aren’t in a particular order, so don’t think number 1 is necessarily better in my mind than number 8. I just threw them all together, because I like them all!
1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This is the hardback cover and the paperback is similar. I ADORE this artist’s work. His name is John Jude Palencar.
2. The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
I loved this cover the second I saw it. I have loved all of Lindsay’s books that I’ve read and each one has a terrific cover art. LIVING proof that Indies can have AWESOME cover art. The colors and texture on this image make my heart happy.
3. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
This cover always intrigued me. The artist used a lot of texture and harsh lines, but I love how mysterious it looks. Made me want to read it the second I picked it up when I was a young girl.
4. Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier
Ahhh…Kinuko Y. Craft. Her work is AMAZING!!! She paints the most beautiful scenes imaginable. Seriously. Go check out all her stuff NOW.
5. Foxmask by Juliet Marillier
Another gorgeous cover by Ms. Craft. BRILLIANTLY beautiful.
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
GORGEOUS artwork on this one. Please do correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly positive this was an Alan Lee piece. His work is so haunting and beautiful…
7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I didn’t even “own” this version of the book until I was married to my husband (we combined our two sets of Narnia books), but I remember being younger and seeing it at other people’s houses or in stores. Tumnus is my FAV, so I loved seeing him showcased on this cover and I love the art style.
8. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Goodreads link to The Thief. WOW. This book is seriously amazing, but I always loved the harsh colors and ominous appearance of this story. Such a cool cover.
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Ahhh, the one that started it all. Mary Grandpre has SUCH gorgeous illustrations in the U.S. versions of this amazing series. Al the covers were beautiful, but I especially loved the first one.
10. Dragon Sword and Windchild by Noriko Ogiwara
Words cannot describe how awesome this book is. This cover art is different than the version I read as a kid, but this cover of the version I now own is INCREDIBLE. Such beautiful uses of colors and line. *Drool*
11. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
I’ve not finished this book yet (been on my To-Read list for a LOOOONG time), but I love the use of scripts and color in this cover image. I also like the peek image in the center of the panel. Also, spines don’t get much attention, but I love looking up on my shelf and seeing the spine of this book. It looks so pretty and “ancient”.
12. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The use of reds, rich purples, and orange in this cover creates such a warm look. These colors are so beautiful and yet seldom showcased on a book cover. You tend to see lots of blues and darker versions of these, but this artist really knew what they were doing when they combined these brighter hues. Not to mention, great book!
13. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
I really love the detail and texture in this cover art. The scripting and fonts are also really pretty.
14. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
When I was little, I thought this was the coolest cover ever! I loved the placement of the heroine’s arm on the book and the peek at the enchanted world beyond the tapestry…*swoon*…this book and I…we have history together. 🙂
15. Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
When I was a kid, I was fascinated by this cover. Still am, if I admit it. Sure the lettering is very “oldish”, but I love the near monochromatic blue that is employed here and the unicorn looks all awesome and stuff. It got my mind immediately entrenched in magical mystery and I wanted to read it that second! I wore this copy of the book slap out–to where pages were falling out, so I had to get a new version, but those covers are lovely, too.
16. Sabriel by Garth Nix
Oh my goodness, this cover takes me WAY back. First off, this book is so amazing, it’s near indescribable. On top of that, you’ve got this insanely awesome cover art that is rich with detail, strong color use, and that creepy hand in the background with those glowing eyes….SO COOL!
17. Thud! by Terry Pratchett
Uh, Discworld zaniness? Check. Giant game pieces? Check. Mystery already revealed in the cover? Check. ‘Nuff said.
18. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I’m a sucker for detail and I love how many complex lines there are in the midst of all the hearty, saturated colors. LOVE it.
19. The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh
The bright, clean look of this cover enchants me. It is breathtaking. I’ve not read this book yet, but it’s been on my to-read list for a while, so I’ll hopefully get to it soon!
20. Night Bells by L.M. Sherwin
Yeah, yeah, I’m probably a little biased, but considering I did my cover art on my own, I’m pretty darn proud of it and I think it looks nice. Sure, it’s not the best, but I do love the extreme darks and lights in this cover panel. It has a lot of positive//negative contrast to it.
There you have it! My top 20 favorite book covers! Remember, all books are linked to their original sources (all but one are linked to Goodreads) and they are all great books! You should go check them out! I’ve read most of these, only one or two remain on my to-read list. I’ll be back later this week with my favorite children’s picture books! Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by! Comment with your favorite books and covers! I’d love to hear. 🙂