Top Ten Tuesday: Ten book covers that I would hang on my wall

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These covers aren't just pretty. They're ART.  

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Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho 

How many times can I gush about this cover?  At least one more.  Can't you imagine it, in its shiny real-life version, as like a huge poster or wall tapestry or something?!  The jpeg doesn't do it justice.  (Confused Americans: this is the UK cover.)    
How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon 

I haven't even read this yet, but I'm in love with the art.  It's a gorgeous seamless integration of typography and stark design elements that pops off the page and stabs you in the eyes with its contrasty awesomeness.  

Dead to Me - Mary McCoy 

I've featured this before because I can't get enough of it.  I'm such a fan of bold covers that do more than tack a font onto a photograph.  This cover screams old Hollywood and murder and all sorts of good things.  
Schizo - Nic Sheff 

If Andy Warhol was on some downers and made a book cover, it would be this.  It has the flavor of pop art with a dark, serial killer sort of aesthetic that would look amazing in poster size.  

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy - Katie Hattemer 

In case you're not sensing a trend, let me enlighten you: I love stark color contrasts, posterized images, silhouettes, and text art.  This one has it all, with a kind of 70s movie poster feel.  
The Walled City - Ryan Graudin 

Even though I only thought the book was okay, I freaking love this version of the cover.  It could be an alternate universe movie poster for Psycho.  Look at the shiny knife!  Look at the pretty text art!  Look at the judicious color palette!   
Belle Epoque - Elizabeth Ross 

This breaks the theme.  It's more art nouveau and delicate, but it's like the others in that it has pretty lines, a careful color palette, and a clever interweaving of the text into the composition.  Plus that picture is gorgeous, so evocative!  

Tin Star - Cecil Castellucci 

Cannot even express how pretty this cover is.  It has a dark, dreamy quality that sucks me in every time.  The font is almost alight.  It draws my eye in and then guides me to the play of stars and shadows that pulls me deeper.   
Mayhem - Sarah Pinborough 

A good minimalist piece should not be discounted.  The black and red silhouettes are gory and atmospheric, and the sort of careless, splotchy style gives it an evil careless whimsy.  

Complicit - Stephanie Kuehn 

Again, this cover is a work of art.  It's like a page out of someone's sketchbook, preserved carefully but for a few splotches of time.  And the match letter, the smoke, the burnt edges--all ties together so perfectly!  


  1. Great topic! I adore the cover of SORCERER AND THE CROWN. It's one of the best covers I've seen all year!

    1. Me too! It is officially the first book I've ordered from overseas because I HAD TO HAVE IT. Thanks!

  2. What beautiful covers! I particularly like the Sorcerer to the Crown and the Mayhem covers!

    Great list! :D My TTT

  3. OMG! Mayhem is so pretty. I am running to check it out in Goodreads right now!

    1. I'm glad I did this list, because I'd forgotten about it. It seems pretty interesting plot-wise too.

  4. These are nice book covers that would make good wall art!!

    Here's a list to my TTT post this week: