Cover Love: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2023


It’s that time of year again! The time when I share all my favorite covers from the books I read!

Covers aren’t everything, obviously, but I do love a good one. So here are some good amazing ones! I’m not going to talk about every single individual cover, but I’ll drop some thoughts I have here and there.

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*I’m sorry, I really wanted to credit all the cover artists, as I have in the past, but I’ve been struggling with finding energy/motivation and barely even managed to put this post together. If you’re interested in any of these artist’s/designer’s work, you can often find them in the first few pages of the sample on Amazon, sometimes the print sample rather than kindle, where copyright info is! Though unfortunately some publishers don’t include that.*

Project Nought by Chelsey FurediThe Hundredth Voice by Caitlin LikeConfetti Realms by Nadia Shammas & KarnessaLet Me Out by Emmett Nahil & George WilliamsNether Realms edited by Tab Kimptom

Grouping all the graphic novels together because they always look a bit different from other cover to me? Maybe it’s in my head. But I loved the art in all these, so it’s no surprise I love their covers too since they’re done by the artists! (Well, one is an anthology, so I didn’t love ALL the art, but the cover is still good!)

Gwen & Art Are Not in Love by Lex CroucherIf I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie CouchThe Mourning Dove and His Snow Sparrow by Eve Healy

I grouped these together because they’re all pink, and I just thought it would be pretty 😄 Honestly pink is an underused color, it’s so nice. And these also just have lovely art styles and soft vibes.

Cutting Your Teeth by Caylan MacraeHymn of Memory by S. JeanOf Knights and Books and Falling in Love by Rita A. Rubin

Indie books with gorgeous covers, FTW! (Though these aren’t the only indie books on the list.) The first one is a little more scary, but these all also have soft vibes overall, which is fitting for the stories. Even the first, which has some darker stuff, has some softness too. Also, I know the Hymn of Memory cover was art done by the author!

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole NovoaWitch King by Martha Wells

These are the sort of badass, mysterious covers, and they definitely caught my attention and made me want to know more.

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David FerraroBy Any Other Name by Erin CotterHeir to Thorn and Flame by Ben Alderson

These have similar vibes and art styles to me, but obviously it’s one that I like. These are all gorgeous and have a bit of mystery or magic or edge to them while also conveying the romance.

Saffron Alley by A.J. DemasMighty Quill by Emmaline StrangeTeach the Torches to Burn by Caleb Roehrig

I call these “people about to kiss (or already kissing).” Very creative, I know. Also not the only books on this list that could be in the group. But that’s because it’s a tried and true idea that works so well! I love seeing characters about to kiss, especially when the art is beautiful.

Fiorenzo by Sebastian NothwellPluralities by Avi SilverThe Modern Mythos Anomaly by Juniper Lake Fitzgerald

Ok I sorta ran out of similar covers to group together, but they’re still beautiful!

Saint Juniper's Folly by Alex CrespoOf the Wild by E. Wambheim

These two have a similar sort of layered 3D style and colors that really pop.

The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon JimenezWorld Running Down by Al HessSpell Bound by F.T. Lukens

Last but most certainly not least, my ultimate favorites! The color and design on The Spear Cuts Through Water is just so eye-catching and bold and interesting. World Running Down has not only lovely art that stands out from what I usually see, it also has fantastic use of composition and big text and contrasting colors. (And it was an oil painting by the author himself!) And Spell Bound, also great use of color, nice font choice, beautiful art, and I love actually getting to see the characters as (hopefully) the author imagined.

Check out my other end of the year posts!

Gamer Musings: Top Ten Games I Played in 2023
Cover Love: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2023
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read and Games I Played in 2023
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2023 + Some Non-Bookish Things


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  1. Kristina

    So pretty! My favorite has to be the confetti realm – I agree! I love pastel colors, like blushy pink & a deeper purple especially on covers!

  2. Roberta R.

    I love Let Me Out, Mighty Quill (so clever!) and Nether Realms – though I had to look longer at the last one before I took it all in (namely, the severed arm that I mistook for an appendix of sorts at first LOL).

  3. Sam @ Spines in a Line

    Wow there are so many stunning ones here! I think my favourites are the 3D style ones and of course The Spear Cuts Through Water. Also love how well Cutting Your Teeth and Let Me Out give you a good sense of the creepiness

  4. Karen

    Pluralities is a pretty cool cover. I have Teach the Torches to Burn and it’s so pretty in real life.

    Happy New Year (a little early because I’m struggling to visit/comment so better early than not at all lol)

  5. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Great choices! I love the cover for World Running Down for the same reasons- the author definitely is able to showcase what the thinks the characters look like! And, it fits the tone of the book so well. I also love the Spear Cuts Through Water, it is lovely! I also adore Saint Juniper’s Folly! Like how did they manage to use those colors and not have it look Christmasy? Idk, it is genius! You have also reminded me that I must read Project Nought ASAP!

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      Thanks! It’s awesome when an author can make their own cover and really make it exactly what they want. And oh you’re right, I didn’t even think about how it’s Christmas colors and yet they used them so well!

  6. Caroline

    Thought you’d like to know that the cover for World Running Down is actually an oil painting by the author, specifically for the cover!