The Intern's Handbook
At first glance, this cover looks like a classic skull and bones. But upon further examination, you realize its made entirely up of office supplies! Why does an intern's handbook have a skull & bones? What's so deadly about his/her job? The cover is simple, yet so intriguing.
Malcolm Gladwell has a slew of bestselling books, but this cover is my favorite. One little ball is in the center of the cover, but why is there a cluster off to the side? Shouldn't it be reversed, where the outlier is near the cover edge? Why is the outlier ball in the middle? So many questions, so few answers (until you crack open the book of course).
The Brief History of the Dead
This cover is CREEPY. The hands holding open the coat, but there's no body and the coat is on a hanger. Makes me want to put the book in the freezer, but read it at the same time.
Gone Girl is one of the few novels where I simultaneously hated the main characters and loved the plot. I also loved the cover. A few strands of hair running off the cover's edge, combined with the title, makes it subtlely intriguing.
The Night Gardener
The only children's book to make this reading list. Normally I don't find kids lit covers as interesting since they tend to be more obvious and less clever, but The Night Gardener is an exception. At first glance, you think it's a real owl, but then you notice its legs are a tree stump. Is it alive? Is someone trimming the tree into an owl shape? Both?
The Vegetarian is well-known for winning the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. It's equally well-known for its compelling cover. Seemingly, a simple silhouette of a woman looking up. And then you take a closer look and see the roots and plants growing out of her. It's unsettling and uncomfortable, particularly against the harsh red-pink background.