Every year this is the toughest job – choosing which covers I really love above all the rest. I’m no artist but I have written a lot about book covers because to me they are the most important part of the promotional package for a book. The visual draws the eyes first, before you read the blurb. Of course the author is another extremely important part of this package and I buy many books based solely on an author’s name, but there’s no doubt that the cover can make or break a book and I’ve been put off many times by an ugly or inappropriate cover. Remember some of the covers in our Ugly Book Cover contest? ‘Nuff said.
I like unusual covers, but simplicity is also one of my criteria. Covers that tell a story appeal to me the most so you won’t see a lot of headless torsos here. 🙂 This post only covers those books reviewed on the site so I’m sure I have missed a lot of great covers. Looking forward to your picks of the covers that appealed to you in 2011.
In no particular order here are my picks for Top Covers of 2011: