Perhaps you can’t judge a book by its cover, but don’t you just love a great book jacket? One that seems to pop off the shelf? It can make all the difference when browsing through a bookstore, for a book to catch your eye and to have that special touchability. And lucky for us, this was a phenomenal year in jacket design.
We’ve picked our 25 favorite covers from 2011 (click images for a larger view):
And the full list in alphabetical order:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
My New American Life by Francine Prose
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Seven Seasons in Siena by Robert Rodi
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block
The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tannen
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
West of Here by Jonathan Evison
For more of our Best of 2011, check out our Top 50 Books of 2011 and our Readers’ Choice: 30 Best Books of 2011.
Also, click here to see the best book jackets of 2010.
Or simply browse all of The Book Case’s Best of 2011 coverage.
What were your favorite book jackets of 2011?