Perhaps you can't judge a book by its cover, but don't you just love a great book jacket? One that seems to pop off the shelf? It can make all the difference when browsing through a bookstore, for a book to catch your eye and to have that special touchability. And lucky for us, this was a phenomenal year in jacket design.

We've picked our 25 favorite covers from 2011 (click images for a larger view):


And the full list in alphabetical order:

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A Jane Austen Education
by William Deresiewicz
by Tina Fey
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
by Sara Gran
Emily, Alone
by Stewart O'Nan
Fiction Ruined My Family
by Jeanne Darst
Moonwalking with Einstein
by Joshua Foer
Mr. Fox
by Helen Oyeyemi
My New American Life
by Francine Prose
Pigeon English
by Stephen Kelman
Seven Seasons in Siena
by Robert Rodi
by Karen Russell
The Borrower
by Rebecca Makkai
The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson
The Leftovers
by Tom Perrotta
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
The Storm at the Door
by Stefan Merrill Block
The Summer of the Bear
by Bella Pollen
The Uncoupling
by Meg Wolitzer
The Year We Left Home
by Jean Thompson
This Burns My Heart
by Samuel Park
Vaclav & Lena
by Haley Tannen
We, the Drowned
by Carsten Jensen
West of Here
by Jonathan Evison

For more of our Best of 2011, check out our Top 50 Books of 2011 and our Readers' Choice: 30 Best Books of 2011.
Also, click here to see the best book jackets of 2010.
Or simply browse all of The Book Case's Best of 2011 coverage.

What were your favorite book jackets of 2011?

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