December 17, 2013

The Relentless Reader's Favorite Book Covers of 2013

It's never easy picking favorites, but it was a joy to look back at the gorgeous cover art from this year. Here are 8 of my favorite stunners:



Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

The Translator by Nina Schuyler

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti


The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara

I'd love to know what some of your favorite covers were this year. Let me know in the comments!

37 comments:

  1. I really love The Translator and Whistling Past the Graveyard. Thanks for sharing your favourites!

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  2. ohhh Cascade, what a pretty cover!
    I really liked the cover for John Brandon's A Million Heaven (the McSweeney's Rectangulars version, it's all black with shiny metallic accents)

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    1. I read that one early in the year and it's stuck with me. I think it's so darn pretty :D

      Hooray for metallic covers! Jonny Valentine is blinding in person, lol.

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  3. I love the cover of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. I wish I had read it too.

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    1. Oh, it's such a neat book! I hope you'll get around to it :)

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  4. I think my favorite covers this year were the Juliet Dark trilogy covers. It's hard to say thought without being able to line all the books I read up and judge at once though. You've picked some good ones there!

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    1. I'm going to have to go look those up :D I looked at all of them at once on Goodreads, it worked out pretty slick!

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    2. I did go look them up, they are gorgeous!!

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  5. I love your choices! I recently picked up Cartwheel and that cover is just strikingly gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I wish I owned that one. I read it on my Kindle but you can't drool over the cover that way, lol

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  6. Whistling Past the Graveyard and Cascade are just stunning. Love love love. Love them all, but those two stick out for me.

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    1. Those two might be my top 2 faves out of the 8 ;)

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  7. I *almost* picked up The Translator and couldn’t remember if I heard good or bad things about it, but I guess I’ll go back and get it now that I am reminded :)

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  8. Beautiful! I liked the covers for Herman Koch's "The Dinner" (hardcover), samsies on "Jonny Valentine," and Mohsin Hamid's "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" (hardcover). :)

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    1. I'm going to have to see if the cover of The Dinner is the one I'm thinking of? Wow, if that book wasn't a crazy ride!

      I'm betting you mean the lobster cover? That one is wicked cool!

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  9. These are good! I really love Golden Boy.

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    1. Thanks :D I love that one...so colorful and simple.

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  10. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne was such a great cover. Like Kristin I would of mentioned The Dinner (the lobster cover) and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (hardcover). I would also mention Tampa (the UK/Australian button cover) and The Machine by James Smythe

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    1. Oh! I just looked up that lobster cover, very cool!! The button cover of Tampa is amazing too! I definitely would have picked those but I read the versions with the other covers, lol.

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  11. You picked some GOOD ones. I totally love the covers for Cartwheel and Golden Boy!

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  12. Great choices, Jennifer. I LOVE the covers of Cascade and Whistling Past the Graveyard.

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    1. Thanks Melissa!! :D Lovely aren't they?

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  13. Great picks! I especially love Cartwheel and Golden Boy.

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    1. Those seem to be big hits! Sooo pretty :D

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  14. Love these! The Translator and Cascade are my 2 faves :-)

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I think it would be the coolest job in the world to design covers...maybe that's what I'll be when I grow up, lol.

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  15. Those books look great! Great choices. I would say my favorite book covers for this year is S (I haven't bought it yet though), Doctor Sleep (I'm done reading this), The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Tequila Mockingbird :)

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    1. I can absolutely picture all three of those covers and they are gorgeous :D

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  16. Cascade and Cartwheel are both completely lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Cartwheel and Cascade are definitely my favourites - however all of your picks are eye catching!
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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  18. I can tell you like unusual covers! These are great and I love they they're so unique. Many covers just look like all the other covers to me. The ones you picked really stand out :)

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  19. I like The translator very much; and also The telling room, since the concept is different but it makes you get hooked to the cover too :)
    I've never made a list of favourite covers :))

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  20. Enjoyed your post. I think the most curious one is Cascade.

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