Top Five Covers of 2021

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. You can check out last week’s post here!

Last week we covered the Top Five Books on My 2021 Wishlist, and it was so hard to narrow it down to only five books. But luckily, this week we have the Top Five Covers of 2021 and, inspired by Kira @kjeanette‘s early post last week, I’m using this to sneak five more books onto my wish list. I still followed the rules for this topic, I just really want these books too!

With all that said, on to this weeks Top 5 Tuesday!


Top Five Covers of 2021

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

This book was released in February in this year, and the cover has stuck with me ever since. The contrasting colours immediately draw you in to the gorgeous art work and landscapes hidden within the silhouettes. Everything about it practically sings of a beautiful love story spanning entire galaxies, and I am so excited to see how the story lives up to this gorgeous cover. 

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

Another early 2021 release, the cover for Fireheart Tiger is so gorgeous to me, just from how dynamic everything looks. It’s filled with fluid lines and action and tension all across the cover. We have a princess in flowing robes, half-engulphed by flames, and painted in such beautiful, soft pastel tones that it instantly makes me want to learn more about this story and this character. I’m already hooked!

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

This one is slightly different from the others, as I’ve already started reading this one after much, much too long and this cover was what really made me want to read it. I absolutely love how simple and effective this is. The contrast with the dark prison bars and the light flower is so instantly eye catching that I first spotted it from clear across the other side of the store. Add the beautiful symbolism and very cool lettering and I was intrigued the moment I saw it. And the Dutch version of the cover looks just as cool.

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner

For a more stylized pick, I have to go with The Ruthles Lady’s Guide to Wizardry. I know this style of cover is pretty much everywhere now, but I love it. It’s so cool to look at and admire all the little details and images hidden within the lines. And the colours are absolutely incredible – I would never have thought this combination would work so well. But it does, and I love it!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

I picked up this book during October – on my quest for spooky reads – and absolutely feel in love with this beautiful cover. Everything from the swirling colours of the mist to the way it wraps around the house and the main character (who is equally gorgeous) just draws me in and invites me to find out what happens. It’s so subtly sinister, and yet also so pretty to look at. Maybe it’s just my love of purple and smoky outlines, but I love the look of this cover and I wish there were more like it on my shelves.

Special Mention: The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies

One last addition for this list, because I used this book in the last post but I absolutely had to include it here. This cover for The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies is absolutely breathtaking, and everything a fantasy book cover should be, in my opinion.

The lighting and the the poses of the characters are so intense and dynamic they immediately draws you eye straight to them. The fantastic artwork makes it clear that this story is going to be wicked and intense from the very start, and all but commands you to pick it up immediately. Add to that the fantastic title font and placement, including the rest of the text, and you have a cover that will stay in your mind long after you first glimpse it. 


Did you love any of these covers? Tell me about some of your favourites too in the comments below!

Thanks for reading everyone!

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