Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of August 2019

Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of August 2019

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You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can admire a beautiful cover design anyway. At least, that’s how the Bookish editors feel about it. Here, we’ve rounded up August 2019’s best book covers and selected three favorites in each genre. We suggest adorning your shelves with these beauties in addition to, of course, reading them!


Inland by Téa Obreht

Design by Jaya Miceli, art by Tamara Ruiz

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

Design by Tyler Comrie


Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Design by Random House

Silver, Sword, and Stone by Marie Arana 

Design by Anna Morrison/Orion Books

Mysteries & Thrillers

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh

Design by Anna Kochman, photos by Joel Meyerowitz and Baldomero Fernandez

This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

Design by Dan Mogford


A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

Design by Patricia Barrow, illustration by Fredericka Ribes, direction by Amy Halperin

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Design by Diahann Sturge

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Design by Dominic Forbes, illustration by JUNGSHAN

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain

Design by Christine Foltzer, art by Eric Nyquist

Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas

Design by Laywan Kwan

Young Adult

Color Me In by Natasha Díaz

Design by Regina Flath

Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon

Design by Krisitie Radwilowicz, art by Tomasz Mro

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

Design by Marcie Lawrence, art by Erin Robinson

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Design by Mary Luna, illustration by Allan Davey

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Design by Alison Impey

Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

Design by Michelle Taormina, art by Jacob Eisinger

Middle Grade

Cape by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

Art by Kelsey Eng

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Art by Matt Saunders

Picture Books

Once Upon a Goat by Dan Richards; illustrated by Eric Barclay

Design by Nicole Gastonguay

The Seekers by Hari and Deepti

Art by Hari and Deepti

How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder

Art by Thyra Heder


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