Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of February 2019

Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of February 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 February 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!


Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Design by Jenny Carrow

That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung
Design by Jonathan Bush


Figuring by Maria Popova
Design by Peter Mendelsund

The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari
Design by Anna Kochman

Rock Needs River by Vanessa McGrady
Photo by Vanessa McGrady, design by Emily Mahon

Mystery & Thriller

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Random House

The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
Design by Elena Giavaldi

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
Image by Angela King Jones/Arcangel, NataLT/Shutterstock, design by Elsie Lyons


The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
Art and design by Vikki Chu

Crashing into Her by Mia Sosa
Avon Impulse

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Design by Patricia Barrow / Avon

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Design by Helen Crawford-White, embroidery illustration by Chloe Giordano

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Illustration by Pablo Gerardo Camacho

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Design by David Mann, illustration by Ivan Belikov

Young Adult

What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
Design by Rich Deas, art by Matthieu Bourel

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Art and design by Adams Carvalho and Samira Iravani

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell, art by Anjola Coker

Young Adult Sci-fi & Fantasy

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Design by Molly Fehr, art by Cristina Pagnoncelli

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
Design by Nana Goffi, art by Velvet Spectrum

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Design by Colin Mercer

Middle Grade

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
Design by Christopher Stengel, art by David Curtis

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Art by Jennifer Bricking

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Art by Leo Nickolls

Picture Books

Good Night, Wind by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Maelle Doliveux
Illustration by Maelle Doliveux

Let ‘er Buck! by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by Gordon C. James
Illustration by Gordon C. James, Art director Danielle Carnito

The Bluest of Blues by Fiona Robinson
Illustration by Fiona Robinson, flower and seaweed cyanotypes by Anna Atkin


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