Our Favorite Book Covers

Sometimes judging a book by its cover leads you to a story you never would have picked up otherwise.

Here are some book covers that stick out among the crowd to our staff!

Our Favorite Covers

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“There’s almost too many to even begin thinking, but I feel that this edition of Fahrenheit 451 perfectly encapsulates both the message and soul of the book.”

– Max Sulken, patron services assistant, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

“I found this book in the YA section, and the cover immediately caught my attention. The artwork is so beautiful, similar to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, except the artist is a modern artist (Kinuko Y. Craft). I read the book, and I felt that the cover represented the story and the characters. There is so much happening in this picture!”

– Lisa Kuhn, patron services assistant, Newport Branch


“I love this cover because there is so much going on in it and as you read the novel some of the details begin to make sense and tie back into the story. I feel this is a cover that truly represents what is in the book it is protecting.”

– Sam Rouse, adult/teen services programmer, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan

“I love the whole Ranger’s Apprentice series, but this is my favorite cover. I love pretty much anything to do with Samurai/feudal Japan.”

– Rodney Harris, patrons services assistant, Newport Branch

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

East of Eden is my favorite of Steinbeck’s books. I began reading it the day that my twin daughters were born. I finished it over my paternity leave. I gave it away to someone else after I finished it but bought it again later…both because it was so good and because I loved this cover.”

– JC Morgan, library director

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

“I was drawn to this cover. When I hear the name Dorothy, weird or not, the first person who pops in my mind is Dorothy Gale, from Kansas. The cover is a railroad station with a lady waiting for a train. I had to find out where she was going and why. Very good book.”

– Toni Reinke, library page, Newport Branch

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“This is a 1977 reprint of a 1947 Grosset and Dunlap edition of Little Women, one of my all-time favorite novels.  I love the choice of a deep spring green on the jacket cover surrounding the illustration.  A bright lamp illuminates Marmee at the piano as the four March sisters sing to her accompaniment.  I was also drawn to the large, loopy lettering which has a wonderful nostalgic quality.”

– Joyce Emery, children’s services programmer, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars is a new duology in Bardugo’s Grishaverse, following a character from her Shadow & Bone trilogy, Nikolai Lantsov. The hardback version of this book actually has a sort of 3D feel with the art, as each detail is not just flat on its surface but raised and able to be felt. Not only is it beautiful, but it also encapsulates Nikolai’s character and struggles well, as well as his strengths!”

– Danielle Turner, adult/teen services programmer, Cold Spring Branch

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The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

“Shades of blue-grey interrupted by bursts of red make for a cover that aches. The woman’s photograph collaged with sketched-out elements and a foil insignia will likely make you wonder who she is and why she seems to be fading into an inky abyss.”

– Mackenzie Manley, public relations coordinator

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