Best book covers of 2022
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December 19, 2022

The best book covers of 2022

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They’re bright, they’re colorful, and they’re doing the meaningful work of ensnaring a potential reader’s eye. These are the boldest and most original book covers of the year, as selected by BookPage’s designer.
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December 19, 2022

The best book covers of 2022

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They’re bright, they’re colorful, and they’re doing the meaningful work of ensnaring a potential reader’s eye. These are the boldest and most original book covers of the year, as selected by BookPage’s designer.
December 19, 2022

The best book covers of 2022

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They’re bright, they’re colorful, and they’re doing the meaningful work of ensnaring a potential reader’s eye. These are the boldest and most original book covers of the year, as selected by BookPage’s designer.
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Readers have likely noticed that super-bright colors continue to dominate book cover design in 2022, but while evaluating all the covers she’s seen this year, BookPage’s Brand & Production Designer Meagan Vanderhill was looking for more than eye-catching colors. Good book jacket design is certainly about grabbing a reader’s attention, she explains, but it’s also about what awaits the reader who chooses to look closer.

“Draw me in, and then give me a brain puzzle,” she says. “It’s like a mystery. You’re looking at [a cover], and you’re seeing why a designer chose to do it that way.”

She narrowed down the year’s best covers to 11 show-stoppers by focusing on both elements: the bright pop that catches your attention, and then the details that await. We see juicy, vibrant colors on the covers of Bliss Montage, Body Language, The Book of Goose and Boys, Beasts & Men; layers upon layers on Ghost Town, This Is What It Sounds Like and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow; and even sweet nostalgia on Animal Joy and Search. Special attention must be paid to the very brainy cover of Bread Head and the iconic simplicity of Rabbit Hutch, the latter of which benefits from the fact that “it doesn’t have other elements that distract. It is a very confident cover: We don’t need that much; this book is so good, we know you’re going to love it.


Animal Joy by Nuar Alsadir

Cover design by Frances Baca; cover image courtesy of the author

Animal Joy book cover

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma

Cover design by Rodrigo Corral

Bliss Montage cover

Body Language, edited by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile

Cover design by Nicole Caputo; illustration by Sirin Thada

Body Language book cover

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

Cover design by Na Kim

The Book of Goose

Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller

Illustration by Jennifer O’Toole; design by Elizabeth Story

Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller jacket

Bread Head by Greg Wade

Cover design by Paul Nielsen, Faceout Studio; photo by E.E. Berger

Book jacket image for Bread Head by Greg Wade

Ghost Town by Kevin Chen, translated by Darryl Sterk

Cover design and illustration by Ginevra Rapisardi; art direction by Emanuele Ragnisco

Book jacket image for Ghost Town by Kevin Chen

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

Cover design by Linda Huang

The Rabbit Hutch book jacket

Search by Michele Huneven

Cover design and hand lettering by Gray318; painting by Astrid Preston

Search book cover

This Is What It Sounds Like by Ogi Ogas & Susan Rogers

Cover design by Steve Attardo (W.W. Norton); illustration by Mike Perry

This Is What It Sounds Like cover

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Cover design by John Gall

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow book cover

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Animal Joy

Animal Joy

By Nuar Alsadir
Graywolf
ISBN 9781644450932
Bliss Montage

Bliss Montage

By Ling Ma
FSG
ISBN 9780374293512
Body Language

Body Language

By Matt Ortile & Nicole Chung
Catapult
ISBN 9781646221318
The Book of Goose

The Book of Goose

By Yiyun Li
FSG
ISBN 9780374606343
Boys, Beasts & Men

Boys, Beasts & Men

By Sam J. Miller
Tachyon
ISBN 9781616963729
Bread Head

Bread Head

Norton
ISBN 9780393866742
Ghost Town

Ghost Town

By Kevin Chen
Europa
ISBN 9781609457983
The Rabbit Hutch

The Rabbit Hutch

By Tess Gunty
Knopf
ISBN 9780593534663
Search

Search

By Michelle Huneven
Penguin Press
ISBN 9780593300053
This Is What It Sounds Like

This Is What It Sounds Like

By Ogi Ogas & Susan Rogers
Norton
ISBN 9780393541250
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

By Gabrielle Zevin
Knopf
ISBN 9780593321201

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