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The Best Book Covers of 2019 (So Far)

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We judged books by their covers for this gallery of 2019’s best designs (so far), and the results are stunning. From Jor Ros’ striking illustration for Patron Saints of Nothing to Grace Han’s creative take on Bangkok Wakes to Rain, these 19 designs deliver our favorite book covers of the year. Click through the images to browse our picks celebrating the designers and illustrators we love.

If you want to view even more book covers, you can check out our galleries of the best book covers of 2018 and the best book covers of June 2019. We also recommend visiting both Spine Magazine’s and The Casual Optimist’s websites, as they introduced us to many of our favorite designs.

1 of 19 Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Design by Grace Han

2 of 19 Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Design by Regina Flath; illustration by Aykut Aydogdu

3 of 19 On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott

Design by Baily Crawford

4 of 19 The Current by Tim Johnston

Design by Pete Garceau

5 of 19 The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown

Design by Jessie Gang; illustration by Elliana Esquivel

6 of 19 Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Design by Will Staehle

7 of 19 Tap Out by Edgar Kunz

Design by Mark R. Robinson; photograph by Paul Anthony

8 of 19 Internment by Samira Ahmed

Design by Karina Granda; illustration by Dana Ledl

9 of 19 The River by Peter Heller

Design by Kelly Blair

10 of 19 My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Design by Paul Coomey; illustration by hatecopy

11 of 19 The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Design by Michelle Cunningham; illustration by Christina Allen

12 of 19 The Municipalists by Seth Fried

Design by Matt Taylor

13 of 19 Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman

Design by Oliver Munday

14 of 19 Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Design by Dana Li; illustration by Jor Ros

15 of 19 The Rationing by Charles Wheelan

Design by Jason Ramirez; art by Sergei Korolko

16 of 19 Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Design by Samira Iravani; illustration by Adams Carvalho

17 of 19 The Affairs of the Falcons by Melissa Rivero

Design by Allison Saltzman; lettering by Boyoun Kim

18 of 19 Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Design and lettering by Jenna Stempel-Lobell; illustration by Anoosha Syed

19 of 19 All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

Design by Alex Allden

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