The Best Book Covers of 2017

The Best Book Covers of 2017

People say you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but here at Bookish we’re not just readers—we’re cover-judging-rebels. As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to pay homage to the incredible designs that stood out on bookstore shelves like works of art. Are you a rebel too? Let us know what your favorite book covers of 2017 were!

Click each cover to get a closer look at the design.

Picture Books

Middle Grade

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Knopf Books for Young Readers

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Viking Books for Young Readers

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

Philomel Books

Young Adult

Release by Patrick Ness

Design by Erin Fitzsimmons, photograph by Andrew Yuzko

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Design by Danielle Mazzella di Bosco

Freya by Matthew Laurence

Square Fish Books


Science Fiction & Fantasy

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Design by Lauren Panepinto, image by Arcangel Images

Mystery & Thriller

The Dry by Jane Harper

Flatiron Books

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Gallery/Scout Press


Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Design by Rachel Willey

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgård

Penguin Press

Blind Spot by Teju Cole

Random House

Incendiary by Michael Cannell

Minotaur Books/ St. Martin’s Press


How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

Tim Duggan Books

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Design by Karen Horton


  1. I like the covers of “BRAT: Kids of Warriors” by Michael Joseph Lyons and or “A Dragon of a Different Color” by Rachel Aaron. Tempted to get the post of “A Dragon of a Different Color.”

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