Thoughtful Thursday: Favorite book covers (from the past 5 years)

It seems like we’re always making fun of horrible book covers, so now let’s take some time to praise some great cover art. We’ll make this a regular feature.

To narrow down the results, for this contest, let’s choose covers that have been published within the last five years. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Full Fathom Five artist: Chris McGrath
The Lady of the Lake artists: Bartlomiej Gawel & Pawel Brudniak (design by Lauren Panepinto)


What are some of your recent favorites? Please name the artist if you know who it is.

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As always, we’ll choose one commenter to win a book from our stacks.

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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  1. Sandy Ferber /

    To start things off:

  2. April Vrugtman /

    This is a fun one. I’m super picky about book covers. Most of them are just meh for me and 3/4 of the rest are terrible in some way or another. But covers are so important. There have been books I avoided because of the terrible covers (that I later read due to urging from a friend) that were excellent and that I never would have read. There have been books I’ve looked into just because I liked the cover. Sometimes that doesn’t translate into a book I enjoy but most of the time it works out.

    Some of my favorites are those that aren’t photographs but painted/digital artwork created just for that book. I like these because in general they show either a scene from the book or the characters in action. Two good examples of this are:

    I don’t know the artist though, the Amazon description doesn’t include it (though it should!).

    I don’t know this artist either but it looks familiar.

    Others are more stylized like:

    This one is an example of gorgeous artwork that made me read the story but I ended up liking the cover better than the story:

    And one of my all time favorites because I’m partial to dragons is:

  3. Sethia /

    I really enjoy the Stormlight covers by Michael Whelan.

    Stormlight Archive covers Brandon Sanderson

    Or see prints at:

  4. Sandyg265 /

    I know it’s not actually out yet but I like the cover from Christopher Moore’s new book Noir.

  5. John Smith /

    It’s brand-new, but “Unearthed” has a great cover!

  6. Deadhouse Landing

    One of my recent favorites, though I unfortunately couldn’t find the artist

  7. Sethia /

    You guys did a great job of showing the covers for us! Thank you!

  8. Kathy /

    Pretty much all of Victo Ngai’s covers:

  9. Here’s my favorite:

    with an honorable mention to this upcoming sequel to The Armored Saint:

    • April Vrugtman /

      I love that Adrian Tchaikovsky cover and it made me pick up the book too.

  10. Thank you for sharing, Kristi!

  11. mary henaghen /

    I think Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire has an awesome cover……definitely need more badass women characters!

  12. Kathy, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  13. John Smith, luck’s running your way! If you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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