My Top 5 Best Book Covers 2013 are:
#5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (movie tie-in edition). Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2012.
I am not usually a fan of movie tie-in editions. However, in this cover taken from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) poster, we can see Bilbo taking a first step into an adventure that will change his life forever. I can feel that there was a huge price for Bilbo for leaving his comfort zone; his hobbit hole, but the adventure outside was so inviting that he couldn’t resist. That was what made him “the” hobbit, rather than just any ordinary hobbit.
#4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (retold by Clarissa Hutton). HarperCollins, 2011.
It was the cover that caught my eyes. I didn’t think for a second time before buying it. Later on, when I arrived home carrying this book, I would realize that it was an adaptation of the classic. In other words, the book was a retold version! Such was the power of a book cover. I love the cover for its vintage colors and appealing illustration. Cover design, along with illustrations in the book, was the work of Brett Helquist.
#3. Selama Kita Tersesat di Luar Angkasa (Kumpulan Cerita Absurd) by Maggie Tiojakin. Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2013.
This is a short story collection carrying a theme of absurdity. The short stories was mostly written in Indonesian language, plus some bonus stories in English. The unique cover of this book was designed by Staven Andersen. It wasn’t the first collaboration between Staven and Maggie, they also collaborated for the Indonesian translation of Just So Stories (it was in my Best Book Covers list last year). Staven did the cover design and illustrations, and Maggie did the translation.
#2. Lust for Life by Irving Stone. Serambi Ilmu Semesta, 2012.
Yellow was the dominant color of this book cover, it echoed the brightness that became the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings. And there was the portrait of the artist, inside it a mosaic of some of his signature paintings. I think that the cover design was creative, and it defines Van Gogh. He was his art, he was his paintings. Cover design by Altha Rivan.
#1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2005.
This was also one book that caught my attention instantly after I saw its cover. Bookish and mysterious, the cover triggered the curiosity in me. Even better, it turned out that the book was good inside out! Too bad I don’t know who designed the cover of this book. Does anybody know?
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