My apologies for invoking one of the oldest cliches in the book, but: they say you can’t judge a book by its cover. We all know, however, that it’s a lot easier to do so, which is why so much money goes into the design of cover art. While we’ve already provided our lists of the best books of the year, let’s celebrate the best cover designs, as well. After all, these covers played a major part in what we chose to pick up this year.
Winger, Andrew Smith
One glimpse at the poor roughed-up young man on Smith’s novel tells you everything you need to know about Winger: it’s going to be an unapologetic take on teenage life. Luckily for us, Winger was also pretty damn funny and inventive.