The Best Book Covers of 2017

by Jessica Doyle

Don't judge a book by its cover. For bibliophiles like myself, that's easier said than done. By definition, a bibliophile is "a lover of books, especially for qualities of format". For some, the obsession could be with binding or typeset. For others, the spine or endpapers. My personal weakness is a well-designed cover. I love a hardcover that pops on the shelf - and yes, I certainly buy books for their cover alone. In addition to rounding up the best reads of the year, we've rounded up our favorite covers from 2017 (there's even some cross-over). Take a look and judge all you wish - leave a comment and tell us what you love most about physical books!

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Refuge by Dina Nayeri

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

Lotus by Lijia Zhang

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

New People by Danzy Senna

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Fever Dreams by Samanta Schweblin

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Exit West by Moshin Hamida

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong


What do you love most about physical books?