This week’s Top Ten on The Broke and the Bookish blog is “Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read.”
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
With Baz Luhrmann’s recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I’m reminded of the novel’s gorgeous and unforgettable cover art created by Francis Cugat.
2. A Greater Monster by David David Katzman
While I still don’t know what to make of this book, the bizarre psychedelic cover appropriately matches the protagonist’s trippy, drug-induced journey through a hallucinatory Chicago.
3. Seasons by Blexbolex
French illustrator Blexbolex masterfully uses screen printing to create endlessly provocative works that fall somewhere between being picture books for children and art portfolios that adults can deeply appreciate. The cover of Seasons is indicative of his captivating style.
4. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
This eerie young adult mystery has one of the most intriguing covers I’ve ever seen.
5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Ana Juan’s illustrations and cover art for Valente’s Fairland books perfectly captures the tone of this superbly written fantasy series that can be enjoyed by middle school children, teens, and adults.
6. The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso
The cover of this disquieting, nightmarish book was created from a very small portion of Hieronymus Bosch’s renowned triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and appropriately matches the novel’s disturbing content.
7. The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
Dave McKean–who created CD covers for Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Tori Amos–also created the cover for all collected editions of Gaiman’s horror graphic novel series, The Sandman.
8. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
This strange cover art matches Murakami’s odd and surreal story.
9. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
For some reason I’ve always loved The Catcher in the Rye‘s iconic cover.
10. Looking for Alaska by John Green
The cover for John Green’s Looking for Alaska featuring a snuffed out candle is beautifully simple and evocative.
What are your favorite book covers?