Favorite Fiction Book Covers for July 2016

favorite book covers, july 2016

The cover of a book can help distill the spirit of the story it illustrates and be an inspiration for the writing. As I start to write a new series of stories I can’t help to also start thinking about the cover art for the books.


The Selection Criteria

I went through hundreds of books published the last 30 days. Lots of ladies in sexy poses and headless hunks, let me tell you. I focused on fiction only (genre fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, etc). My personal preference is for clear, direct and minimal covers.

Above it all, this is the criteria of an effective cover:

  • Must have readable type and be scannable.
  • Must work as a small thumbnail.
  • Must build trust about the quality of the work
  • Must clearly communicate the genre and style of the book (eg. horror, sci-fi, comedy, ya, etc).

In other words, an effective cover must entice a potential reader to take action (eg: grab it up from the shelf or click preview on an online store).

Here it is the selection of most effective book covers for this month of July 2016. Did I forget any notable book cover? Let me know in the comments section below.


July Favorite List

a-world-without-you 1. A World Without You
Author: Beth Revis
Cover art: Unknown

Dancing with the tiger 2. Dancing with the Tiger
Author: Lili Wright
Cover art: Aitch

dr-knox 3. Dr. Knox
Author: Peter Spiegelman
Cover design: Oliver Munday

how-to-set-a-fire-and-why 4. How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel
Author: Jesse Ball
Jacket design: Kelly Blair

miss-jane 5. Miss Jane
Author: Brad Watson
Book design: Chris Welch Design

shiny-broken-pieces 6. Shiny Broken Pieces
Author: Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
Cover Art: Sean Freeman

the-muse 7. The Muse by Jessie Burton
Author: Jessie Burton
Cover design: Unknown

the-wolf-road 8. The Wolf Road
Author: Beth Lewis
Frontispiece image: Aleksander Bolbot/Shutterstock
Cover design: Jake Nicolella
Cover photograph: (trees) Gallinago_media/Shutterstock

this-savage-song 9. This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Jacket design: Jenna Stempel

towers-falling 10. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Cover art: Unknown

I tried to credit all the artist when possible. Cover art owned by their respective copyright holders. Can think of any other book cover I should have included? Let me know.

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