At the end of each year I drastically weed my to-be-read piles and lists and then I heap books upon them like fresh mulch. As the year-end book lists drip from every surface of every book blog, the heap grows and swells. And my bookish heart pushes up through the mess, a happy green sprout.
I love year-end book lists. I vaguely recall finding their sheer bulk (slightly) (gasp) boring before we opened Book Punks, but now: I AM AFLAME.
On December 30th, awesome cover art will be the topic of #AMonthofFaves. I CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG. I’m already annoyed that I have to wait until 2016 to post my best-books-of-the-year list because what if I read the best book ever in the next three weeks? (Actually, that would be pretty cool; I hope that happens.) Instead I’m listing my favorite book covers today and hoping the #AMonthofFaves folks (Estella’s Revenge, girlxoxo, and Traveling with T) will still let me play when the topic comes around.
The best covers of the year were chosen from the books I read in 2015. They weren’t necessarily published in 2015, though turns out that three of them were. Criteria: I like the art so much that I would frame it and hang it on my wall. While I, for example, really like the Crush covers on my China Miévilles, I wouldn’t necessarily hang them on my wall. This list doubles as my Hugo nominations for best professional artist. Here we go…
FIVE: Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (Solaris, 2013), art by Joey Hi-Fi
FOUR: Way Down Dark by J.P Smythe (Hodder, 2015), cover by Aaron Munday
THREE: Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum (Solaris, 2015), cover by Jeffrey Alan Love
TWO: The Last Broadcast: An Urban Exploration Adventure by Andre Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark (Archaia, 2015)
ONE: City of the Iron Fish by Simon Ings (HarperCollins, 1994), cover by Jeffrey Alan Love
Jeffrey Alan Love is actually one of my favorite contemporary artists of all time. I hope he wins a Hugo. I hope one day I have his work hanging on my wall for real. Swoon.
What were your favorite covers this year? What do you think of these?