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Just as with pinpointing why a certain title is wonderful, it is difficult to say exactly what makes a book jacket great. I know that I am drawn to bright, graphic cover designs that feature art rather than people—although I love that jacket for Backseat Saints.

Our favorite book jackets of 2010 range from kooky to beautiful to clever:

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Exley by Brocke Clark
Five Days Apart by Chris Binchy
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
Lift by Kelly Corrigan
Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Running the Books by Avi Steinberg
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Street Shadows
by Jerald Walker
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
What to Cook & How to Cook It by Jane Hornby
You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam

What were your favorite book jackets of 2010?

Also on The Book Case: Browse our Best of 2010 coverage.

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