That old "book by its cover" adage is sometimes just hogwash. We love a cover that does double-duty: turning heads and adding something extra to the adventures within. Let's hear it for brilliant designers! We picked our 20 favorite book covers of the year.

astronautwivesTHE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB

By Lily Koppel Grand Central

Designed by Anne Twomey

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  belowBELOW

By Meg McKinlay

Candlewick

Designed by Matt Roeser

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 centeroftheworldTHE CENTER OF THE WORLD

By Thomas van Essen

Other Press

Designed by Kathleen DiGrado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cinnamonandgunpowderCINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER

By Eli Brown

FSG

Designed by Jennifer Carrow

Illustration by Mark Stutzman

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darkpathTHE DARK PATH

By David Schickler

Riverhead

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dinner THE DINNER

By Herman Koch

Hogarth

Designed by Christopher Brand

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doctorsleep   DOCTOR SLEEP

By Stephen King

Scribner

Designed by Tal Goretsky

Illustration by Sean Freeman

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finandladyFIN & LADY

By Cathleen Schine

FSG/Sarah Crichton Books

Designed by Charlotte Strick

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goldfinchTHE GOLDFINCH

By Donna Tartt

Little, Brown

Designed by Keith Hayes

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inthenightoftimeIN THE NIGHT OF TIME

By Antonio Muñoz Molina

HMH

Designed by Patrick Barry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

loveaffairsofnathanielpTHE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.

By Adelle Waldman

Holt

Designed by David Shoemaker

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lovedishonorLOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH

By David Rakoff

Knopf Designed by Chip Kidd

Illustration by Seth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

luminariesTHE LUMINARIES

By Eleanor Catton

Little, Brown

Designed by Jenny Grigg

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maidsversionTHE MAID'S VERSION

By Daniel Woodrell

Little, Brown

Designed by Ploy Siripant

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mysterygirl   MYSTERY GIRL

By David Gordon

New Harvest

Designed by Lynn Buckley

Illustration by Gil Elvgren

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riverofnoreturn THE RIVER OF NO RETURN

By Bee Ridgway

Dutton

Designed by Stephen Brayda

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sherisesSHE RISES

By Kate Worsley

Bloomsbury

Designed by Holly Macdonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

teleportationaccidentTHE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT

By Ned Beauman

Bloomsbury

Designed by Scot Bendall

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thesebrokenstarsTHESE BROKEN STARS

By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Disney Hyperion

Designed by Whitney Manger

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winger WINGER

By Andrew Smith

Simon & Schuster

Designed by Lucy Ruth Cummins

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