Top Ten of 2016: Best Covers of 2016

It’s that time of year again! Thanks to Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader & Bridget @ Dark Faerie Tales for hosting the TOP TEN OF 2016!

So today’s topic is Top Ten Best Book Covers of 2016; How do you resist a pretty covers? (You don’t!) So here are my favourite covers of books released in 2016 that I’ve actually read and at the very bottom will be honourable mentions for ones I haven’t read but still love the covers for (: So in order of when I happened to read them:


(01) A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: I’m so happy that this sequel still matches perfectly with A Darker Shade of Magic. The detail, the colours and Lila!

(02) The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman: I’m usually not a huge fan of black covers, but the combination of the font and the lace and the light works out so well!


(03) Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn: I really love the colour and the simplicity of it. And the subtly of magic.


(04) Lana and the Laird by Sabrina York: What can I say? I like pretty dresses and Highlanders.


(05) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: It’s just such a cute, fun, summery cover! I love the brightness and the dogs and the ice cream (:


(06) The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson: I’m such a sucker for this colour.

(07) Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale: Despite the fact that the character didn’t work out for me, the cover is just so pretty. Apparently I’m easily persuaded by pretty blue dresses.

(08) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: The detail. It’s perfect.


(09) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: I love the colour and the stars, and underneath the dusk jacket is such a pretty teal colour book!

(10) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: I just love the smoke and the colours!

Honourable Mentions; 


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Author: Cyn

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29 Replies to “Top Ten of 2016: Best Covers of 2016”

  1. Very beautiful choices! I especially love “The Beauty of Darkness”. Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Christine!
      The whole Remnant Chronicles is so pretty!

  2. Unexpected Everything and Wink Poppy Midnight made my list too. I really like Down with the Shine and Rebel of the Sands as well. Great picks!

    1. Thanks Grace! I just love Wink Poppy Midnight so much, haha.

  3. I really like your list! I bow to Nevernight!

    1. The UK version is just to die for, right!!?

  4. Oh man! I loved the original cover of The Dark Days Club! I’m a little disappointed that Penguin went through with the cover change. It’s such a trend with them these days, right? Rebel of the Sands, The Dark Days Club, Zodiac, The Forbidden Wish. *sigh* That’s okay. A lot of the new covers are really great, but I wouldn’t say that about the new covers of The Dark Days Club/The Dark Days Pact. Oh well! Great list, Cyn! =)

    Check out my Top Ten post!

    1. Gah, I know what you mean! I’m so sad they changed the second book. And same with Rebel of the Sands! The original cover is so gorgeous, why change it to people on the cover /sigh. I really like this The Forbidden Wish cover, but I was head over heels for the original. I’m undecided about The Dark Days Pact, I don’t hate or love it.
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  5. Amazing picks. I love the wink, poppy midnight cover its so beautiful. Also there is something about the unexpected everything cover I love even though I never really like people on covers.

    1. I think all the puppies and summery feel totally won me over, haha.
      Thanks, Megan!

  6. Rebel of the Sands is stunning. I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it without knowing anything about it! Really all of these picks are gorgeous!

    1. The colours are so gorgeous, I just love it! It’s definitely worth reading 😉
      Thanks, Katherine!

  7. So many amazing book covers released this year and you listed some of my faves too! Love Down with The Shine, The Hating Game, I See You by Clare Mackintosh and so many more. Lovely list and I love your blog!

    1. Thanks, Talina! Happy to see we have such good taste 😉

  8. I love Down With the Shine- such an amazing cover. The Midnight Star is awesome too! The Dark Days Club is nice with the forest scene, and The Unexpected Everything and The Beauty of Darkness are both great too. Awesome post!

    1. Thanks Greg! Down with the Shine is definitely one of my favourites, I love the simplicity and the colours 🙂

  9. These are such great choices! I didn’t make a formal list, just one in my own head, but Down With the Shine, AGOS, The Midnight Star, Wink Poppy Midnight, and Rebel of the Sands, they would all be on my list. The Beauty of Darkness would be a runner-up. And I must say, I LOVED the original Forbidden Wish cover, so while I DO like this one… I liked the other one so much better that this one disappoints me haha. Love these choices, we have similar cover tastes 😀

    1. YEES, I know what you mean! The original The Forbidden Wish was sooooo beautiful! I really like this one, too but man, what I’d do get my hands on that original!
      Great minds think a like/ have similar taste? haha 😉

  10. BRAVO!!! You basically covered all the books I waffled on! I wanted to include Schwab’s book but I went with the one I actually read (yes, I know 🙁 ). I almost put Down with the Shine but decided no b/c I thought it was too simple but I actually LOVE the colors!!! I like Rebel of the Sands b/c I never looked at it closely before but the details in the middle make it so much more!

    *Another round of applause*

    1. There’s just so many pretty covers to choose from! It was so hard picking just 10, haha. I really like the details in Rebel of the Sands, and the colours are so pretty!
      Thanks, Kristin!!

  11. York and Rodale always have such beautiful covers. They’re so darn eye catching.

    1. Agree, I love all their covers!

  12. The Forbidden Wish and Crooked Kingdom made my list, too! 🙂

    1. Yay! They’re just so pretty!

  13. I love so many of these! CK, of course! I really adore The Unexpected Everything’s cover. I don’t like the new paperback version as much. =/ Down With the Shine is also a fabulous cover. Great picks!

    1. I think I like the hardcover version of The Unexpected Everything more too, the ice cream truck just makes it! I just love the colours of Down with the Shine 🙂
      Thanks, Lori!

  14. The Beauty of Darkness almost made my list too! Love all of these!!

    1. It is so very pretty 😉

  15. These are all great covers. i think my favorite of these is Down with the Shine! I actually own that book, but haven’t read it yet. Will have to try and get to it in 2017. And the Unexpected Everything is so summery and cute with all the dogs.

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