2016 Book Covers We Loved

By Vyki Hendy and Eric Wilder

As 2016 draws to an end, we at Spine would like to take a look back at some of the more remarkable book covers that we have seen over the last year. There was a great deal of amazing work out there. Though we could probably go on forever about this year's designs, we limited our selection to twenty five. 

This list is comprised of book covers from an assortment of genre, and publisher type. It is in no particular order. We would like to thank designers Erin Fitzsimmons and Stuart Bache for their input in creating this list. We recommend you check out their work, as well as previous interviews of them on this site. Also, tip-of-the-hat to Anne Jordan who named this list.

As with any cover design we feature in our publications, we encourage you to head to your local library and/or bookstore to view the work in its full splendor. Thank you!


Save Me, Kurt Cobain – Design: M80 Design

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Siren Suicides – Deign: Anna Milioutina

Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories – Design: Rafi Romaya, Illustration: Yehrin Tong

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A Fierce and Subtle Poison – Design: Alison Colpoys

The Ludicrous Laws of Old London – Design: Emma Rogers

The Wonder – Design: Jo Thomson

The Story of Reason in Islam – Design: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein

I Contain Multitudes Design: Sara Wood

Timekeepers – Design: Pete Adlington 

The Wangs vs. the World – Design: Kimberly Glyder 

Multiple Choice – Design: Jonathan Pelham 

To the Left of Time – Design: Jackie Shepherd 

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space – Design: Janet Hansen 

The Mothers – Design: Rachel Willey

 Hag-Seed – Design: Matthew Broughton, Illustration: Vladimir Zimakov

Enter Title Here – Design: Maria Elias

We'll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French – Design: Justine Anweiler

The Good Liar – Design: Richard Bravery

Asking for It – Design: Kate Gaughran

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City– Design: Jake Nicolella

Girls on Fire – Design: Jack Smyth

Queen of Hearts – Design by Jenna Stempel, Illustration: Ruben Ireland

Girl in Pieces – Design: Jen Heuer

Hood – Design: Alice Marwick

Time Travel – Design: Peter Mendelsund