Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-Seven: Literary Fiction (Part 4)

“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.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

While the exact definition and understanding of what constitutes ‘Literary Fiction’ might continue to elude me, one thing is for certain: This genre has some of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen. I’m so happy and proud to highlight even a small sampling of them on the blog today. Some of my favourite covers this week include A Reunion Of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell, We Are Water by Wally Lamb, Leaving The Sea by Ben Marcus, Rise by Karen Campbell, All That Followed by Gabriel Urza, In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and Us by David Nicholls.

Hold The Dark by William Giraldi ● Beware Of Pity by Stefan Zweig ● When The Night Comes by Favel Parrett

A Reunion Of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell ● God Is An Astronaut by Alyson Foster ● We Are Water by Wally Lamb

Leaving The Sea by Ben Marcus ● The Enchanted Wanderer by Nikolai Leskov ● Rise by Karen Campbell

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper ● Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer ● Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

All That Followed by Gabriel Urza ● This Should Be Written In The Present Tense by Helle Helle ● In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino ● Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor ● Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed

Us by David Nicholls ● The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday ● Life Drawing by Robin Black

In Case We Die by Danny Bland ● Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches ● Abroad by Katie Crouch

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite literary fiction covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

One response to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-Seven: Literary Fiction (Part 4)”

  1. There are so many gorgeous covers here! I especially love the third in the top row 🙂
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