I'm not really one of those people who looks at a book cover and goes "Oh my God, that's stunning! I want to stare at it forever". Covers are an important part of selling the reader on a book, but they're not a massive selling point for me. Hell, some of my favourite books have truly hideous covers (any of the US editions of Terry Pratchett, for example), or indescribably boring covers (I've read a lot of classics from the blank-cover-name-on-the-spine-only section of publishing). So while I notice covers, they don't tend to stick with me.
That said, there are a few covers that I'd love to have framed.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling (15th anniversary edition)
JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. It's glorious. (And fine, technically it's only the cover for *Sorcerer's* Stone, but I REFUSE.)
2. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Look, there's a reason why Tolkien's maps and artwork are still used so frequently for the covers of his work: they're incredible and give an amazing sense of the world he created before you even open the book. And yes, I would frame the full cover wrap rather than just the front cover.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8): No Future for You - Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty
Okay, so it's kind of cheating because it's a comic book. But whatever, this cover is all kinds of awesome.
4. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
I love this cover so much. Even before you get to the illustration, the lettering is gorgeous.
5. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
Also kind of cheating, because the covers for Penguin Classics are always actual pieces of art. But the painting that they chose for this cover is just so fitting for the story that I can't not include it on my list. (Crap image quality, but the actual painting is Tree Shadows in the Park Wall, Roundhay, Leeds (1872) by John Atkinson Grimshaw)
6. Sabriel - Garth Nix (2014 Allen & Unwin edition, due 1 September)
Unsurprisingly, given that it was a fantasy book published in the mid-90s, the original cover for Sabriel was pretty freaking awful, and it kind of breaks my heart that it's the cover still used on a lot of e-book versions, because ugh. The covers that the trilogy got in 2003 were a hell of a lot better, but this cover? This cover is SPECTACULAR.
7. These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Glorious. One of the few covers that's made me stop and just stare at it for a while because it's so pretty.
8. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
So simple but so stunning.
9. Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor
I love this cover so much more than the US editions and their faces in feathery masks. It doesn't say a whole lot about the story, but it sure is pretty!
10. The Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris
This was published in the US as The Girl With No Shadow, for some bizarre reason, and the cover for it there is pretty gross. This cover, on the other hand? I love this cover so much. It's absolutely perfect for the story.
What covers would you frame?