Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of July 2019

Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of July 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 July 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!


The Expectations by Alexander Tilney

Design by Allison Warner

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Design by Oliver Munday, photograph by Neil Libbert/Bridgeman Images

Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith

Design by Grace Han


Escalante’s Dream by David Roberts

Design by Kelly Winton

Burn the Place by Iliana Regan

Design by Morgan Krehbiel, illustrations by iStock/THEPALMER

The Way Through the Woods by Litt Woon Long

Design by Random House

Mystery & Thriller

The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson

Design by Julianna Lee

The Need by Helen Phillips

Design by Matthew Monahan

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

Design by Jaya Miceli


The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Design and art by Vikki Chu

Along for the Ride by Mimi Grace

Design by Leni Kauffman

One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

Design by Guido Caroti, art by Paul Stinson, photograph by Michael Frost

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Design By Elizabeth A.D. Eno, art by Daniel Pelavin

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington

Design by Lauren Panepinto

The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang

Design by Christine Foltzer, art by Yuko Shimizu

Young Adult

The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone

Design by Jessie S. Gang

We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler

Design by Kristin Boyle

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Design by Natalie Sousa

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Design by Rich Deas

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Design by Alison Impey, art by Tran Nguyen

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Design by Regina Flath, art by Aykut Aydogdu

Middle Grade

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu

Design by Carol Ly, art Junyi Wu

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Design by Aimee Fleck, art by Jamea Richmond-Edwards

Picture Books

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO by Tamara Pizzoli, illustrated by Federico Fabiani

Art by Federico Fabiani

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, illustrated by Scott Campbell

Design by Sonia Chaghatzbanian

Small World by Ishta Mercurio, illustrated by Jen Corace

Design by Chad W. Beckerman


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