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Top 5 Favorite Book Covers of 2013*

Well, it’s December, which means an onslaught of Best of 2013 lists. I read a decent amount of books this past year, but I’m not going to write a list of my favorites. You can judge that by looking at My Book Shelf [2013] (where you can also find links to my reviews), but I do want to take the time to list my

Top 5 Favorite Book Covers of 2013*

*of books I’ve read

1. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (UK Edition)

I sent this to my cousin as a gift and apparently she started reading it right away. I think has everything to do with the cover, which I absolutely love. In particular, I love all of the minute details and the hand-drawn elements of it. The cover really gives the book a fairy-tale feel, which is completely appropriate considering this is a book about a museum full of magical items.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

As you all know, I loved this book, and I think the cover is really indicative of the content. My favorite part of the cover is how it uses fanart, instead of going with something generic and typical of a general young adult book.

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This cover looks even more amazing in person. On my copy the lock seems to pop off the page and the word “a novel” really seems etched into the lock. The grungy look is entirely reflective of the dark content of the book without being a clichéd thriller novel cover.

4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I loved the simplicity of this cover. Having the title partially tattooed onto the wrist hints at the books edginess without being too gory or revealing and is a technique I haven’t seen too often.

5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The entire reason I picked up this book was because of the cover (and because it was set in Oxford). I must’ve picked it up in the bookstore at least five times before finally deciding to buy it at the train station on a whim. I love the cover’s alchemical look overlaid over a picture of Oxford; it looks really magical and intriguing. Too bad the book couldn’t do the same.

And that’s it! Those are my favorite covers for books read during the 2013 calendar. What about you? Out of all the books you read this past year, which had the prettiest cover? Ugliest? Least or most reflective of content?


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