Last year, I opted out of doing my yearly YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) that aims to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year) because of the lack of interest and time.
I finally put together my very own favorite covers of 2017. I broke it down to just a few categories (instead of using the Awards’ many categories). These are the 2017 covers that caught my eye.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? When I look at them, I go, “god, that’s gorgeous.” They’re memorable to me in their own ways, and they’re creative.
- The Careful Undressing of Love: The colors are very striking. I keep thinking these are real lemons, but they aren’t. I love the way the shapes aren’t flat on the surface. There is dimensions to them.
- We Are Okay: My favorite illustrated cover, hands down! The art is so detailed. The colors are subtle.
- In Other Lands: Simple. Nothing distracts from these mermaids. (And nothing should.) I love that the only pop of color is the sky blue.
- Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index: I love how the photo is out of focus everywhere except the model.
- Foolish Hearts: Texture, texture, texture. I love the threads, the canvas, and the paint. It’s so random, but it works. It’s like a contemporary art piece I can stare at all day.
- Madness: It’s so dark and chaotic. Love that the girl is deterioting into paper cranes. It’s intense.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? Okay, 2017 wasn’t a great year for typography—at least for me—hence why there’s only two covers I liked and not a bunch.
- Wicked Like A Wildfire: Tbh, I may like this cover because of how the illustration works beautifully with the title font.
- Duels & Deceptions: Look at it all matching! I like the curls and the meaty middles.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? They’re so clever. I’m always impressed by how designers mix different art styles to get these gorgeous covers.
- Words in Deep Blue: Typography is gorgeous. The use of the the books in the cover is fucking A++++ because it really shows that this book is about—well—books.
- The Book Jumper: Paper figurines! Love that the title looks like it’s been cut out of paper, and the figurines are made from the work.
- The Bone Witch: Not much of a mixed media cover, BUT I love the lines over the photograph.
- Moxie: This is actually the UK cover of Moxie, and I love how it looks like it’s part of a zine.
- Eliza and Her Monsters: I love the art cradled in the hands of a real life person who has paint all over their hands. It really does tell you a bit about what to expect from this book.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: I love the faded cover photo and the illustrations. It looks like somebody drew all over it with their pen.
- Everything Must Go: I love the picture cut-outs.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? I am a sucker for illustrated covers, and these are goddamn gorgeous.
- Want: I love how futuristic it looks.
- Here We Are Now: I do love me covers with a bunch of illustrated people.
- Two Roads from Here: I love that you can look at this cover at different sides.
- Geekerella: Very straightforward. Cinderella and her Vegan food truck.
- They Both Die At The End: Shadows are lovely. I love the incorporation of the skull in the sky and the grimp reaper with the scythe as the two boys’ shadow.
- Godsgrave: Very chilling image with the mask and the bloody swords.
- It’s Not Like A Secret: Two girls illustrated.
- The Crying Rocks: Stunning image of a girl with waves and birds incorporated in her hair, the cliffs on her body, the trees and land below.
- The Education of Margot Sanchez: Love that it’s simply an illustration.
- Ronit & Jamil: The coloring and illustration is so soft. It’s also romantic.
- Autoboyography: I’m a sucker for a starry night.
- The Go-Between: Cute patterns with the stars and the palm trees. I love that the GO of the title looks like sunglasses.
- Everything All At Once: Love the watercolor(?) blues and the pop of orange.
- The Gallery of Unfinished Girls: Bright pink flamingo patterns!
- An Enchantment of Ravens: This. is. so. frickin’. stunning. THE DETAILS! Ahhhhh.
- The Library of Fates: It looks like a goddess.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? I’m blown away by the colors and how reflective they are.
- A Crown of Wishes: Beautiful green starry night sky and a purple dress against the wind.
- Seven Days of You: I love how the colors look in the rain.
- Jane, Unlimited: I love the silvers and the purples of this holographic cover.
- The Heartbeats of Wing Jones: I love the colors in the water puddle. So prettttty.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? I don’t know, they ~speak to me.
- Ones and Zeroes: Very futuristic even though it’s not.
- Dreamland Burning: I love the archival photo of the guy and the modern photo of the girl.
- Release: Upside down, that’s a way to be.
- Gem & Dixie: I love that the picture is taken of the models pointed down toward the ground.
- When Dimple Met Rishi: An Indian-American girl and her go-to drink. Very cute.
WHY ARE THESE MY FAVORITES? No embellishments. They speak for themselves.
- The Hate U Give: A power image of a black girl.
- Things I Should Have Known: This could fit in the typography section, but I loved the cross out bit.
- Grendel’s Guide to Love and War: Love that it’s just a giant head with a girl mowing/cutting the head’s hair.
- Love Letters of Abelard and Lily: It’s simply red hards scribbled over with black ink.