Pop! Goes The Reader’s 35 Favourite Book Covers Of 2018

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

Book cover design can play an important role in a book’s success or failure. While certainly not the only contributing factor, for the casual reader perusing the shelves of their local library or bookstore, a book’s cover offers one of the earliest introductions to the story contained within its pages and can help differentiate it from the thousands of other titles surrounding it. Book cover design is one of my passions, and given that I spend much of the year celebrating it in its many shapes, forms and iterations in my weekly feature, Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I thought it might be fun to compose a list of what I thought were some of the most effective, eye-catching and beautiful examples of book cover design for in 2018.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to provide credit for the cover designers, illustrators, artists and photographers responsible for the work below whenever possible, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited individual responsible for any of these book covers below or if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

The covers below are listed in no particular order.

01. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Cover design by Rodrigo Corral

02. Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks
Cover design by Heather Daugherty, Cover art by Helen Crawford-White

03. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
Cover design by Maeve Norton

04. Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner
Cover art by Kyle Hilton

05. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Cover design by David Curtis

06. The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Cover design by Rachel Willey, Cover photograph by Tim O’Brien

07. The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Cover design by Elizabeth Turner Stokes, Cover art by Paul Oakley

08. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Cover design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell, Cover art by T. S. Abe and Billelis

09. All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout The Ages by Saundra Mitchell (Editor)

10. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons

11. Rule by Ellen Goodlett
Cover design by Marcie Lawrence, Cover art by I Love Dust

12. Reflection by Elizabeth Lim

13. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Cover design by Michelle Taormina, Cover art by Vault 49

14. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Cover design by David Curtis

15. The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
Cover art by Billelis

16. I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Cover design by Dana Li

17. The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis
Cover design by Michelle Cunningham, Cover photograph by Christine Blackburne

18. The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Cover design by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Cover photograph by Greg Vore

19. Pulp by Robin Talley
Cover design by Kathleen Oudit, Cover art by Chris Arran

20. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

21. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
Cover design by Michelle McMillian

22. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Cover art by Zeke Peña

23. The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood (Editor)

24. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Cover design by Corina Lupp, Cover photograph by Michael Frost

25. Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy
Cover art by Steve Gardner

26. Attack Of The 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker
Cover design by Krista Vossen, Cover art by Francesco Francavilla

27. Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
Cover design by Neil Swaab, Cover art by Kate Forrester

28. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Cover design by Dave Kopka, Cover art by Shehzil Malik

29. Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Cover design by Maeve Norton, Cover art by Maike Plenzke

30. Me, Frida and The Secret of The Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
Cover design by Nina Goffi, Cover art by Rafael López

31. The Extraordinary Colors of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

32. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
Cover design by Elizabeth Parisi, Cover art by Vivienne To

33. Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney
Cover design by Jennifer Griffiths, Cover art by Christy Lundy

34. Lucky Little Things by Janice Erlbaum
Cover design by Aimee Fleck, Cover art by Lisk Feng

35. Smoke and Mirrors by K.D. Halbrook
Cover design by Chloë Foglia, Cover art by Karl James Mountford

Now it’s YOUR turn! What were some of your favourite book covers in 2018? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.