Got It Covered

Is there a less apt proverb than “don’t judge a book by its cover?” I love judging covers! And LibriCritic has rounded up some of this year’s best covers in both mainstream adult and young adult. Lots of great choices in both categories. A couple of others I would add (based solely on cover design):

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

It’s fun to play “judge the cover,” but design is also really important to a book. I didn’t dig The Hunger Games cover design at first and it languished on my shelf for a couple months before I picked it up (and was instantly hooked). More credit to cover designers, I say. It’s a hard job!

What are your favorite 2011 covers?

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