Best Book Covers of 2011

Well...maybe not the best. Certainly my favorites, but probably not the best. Aesthetically, I know I'm drawn to certain colors more than others. And I know I favor certain styles over others. So I'm predisposed to be in disagreement when Publishers Weekly says that Helen DeWitt's Lightning Rods is one of the best covers of 2011 when it looks an awful lot like the new printing of Franz Kafka's The Trial by Schocken Books, and both of them look like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Even Johnny's terrified. 

So again, these are MY favorites. Some will probably coincide with the fancy pants critics, others will not. And actually only five of these are in my personal collection(*)...which means I have books to buy...

The Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian Fleming
Cover redesigned by Penguin UK.
(Penguin UK redesigned the entire 007 collection in this fashion. I've got one more in this list, but you can see all of them here.) 

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
This version of the cover by Random House Canada.

Amy Einhorn/Putnam

On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by Ian Fleming
Cover redesigned by Penguin UK

The Woman Who Heard Color, by Kelly Jones*
Berkley Trade

Blueprints for Building Better Girls, by Elissa Schappell
Simon & Schuster

How the Dead Live, by Derek Raymond
Cover redesigned by Melville House.

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, by Benjamin Hale

Three Stages of Amazement, by Carol Edgarian*

Reagan Arthur Books

The Beginners, by Rebecca Wolff*
Riverhead Hardcover

The Waves, by Virginia Woolf
Cover redesigned by Penguin UK.
(This is another one where Penguin UK released a redesigned series. I have another one of this set on this list, but you can see all of them here.)


Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books

Farrar, Straus & Giroux


Random House

Cover redesigned by Penguin UK


Post a Comment

Any and all feedback is welcome - thanks for taking the time!

Popular Posts