Top Ten Books and Covers of 2019

Posted December 25, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 18 Comments

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I’ve fudged the title of this post a bit by adding that crucial ‘and’ into the title.  I’ll explain about that in a moment. Let’s hear it for the gorgeous covers that have that special pop.  They snag our attention and get us excited about the book’s contents, set the mood, and help tell us what it’s about which are the kind I love best.  I’m nutty enough about my books to love when a series goes long with the same cover art team so they are uniformal and easily recognized, but also so I can see the covers like a montage of art.  Am I making sense there?

With that in mind, I’ve not only chosen books with gorgeous covers, but equally gorgeous insides that were reflected in their covers.  And, most are just the latest representative of their series of covers which I love.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams

I’m not sure what this style of cover art is called that has exploded this year, but I love the whimsy of a guy’s jean-clad butt with a romance paperback stuffed in the pocket and his courting bouquet of daisies in hand.

Ride the High Lonesome by Rosanne Bittner

Ride the High Lonesome by Rosanne Bittner

The silhouetted couple riding into the sunset evoked all my romantic western fancies.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

What a masterpiece of silhouetted man and boy before the sunrise and lent a feeling hope to the scene!

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

There would never not be a Daniel Dos Santos cover on a list of favorite covers.  I fret for the day when the next Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega book are given a cover reveal so I can gaze upon it and inspect each detail that tells me a little more about the story.

Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh

The vibrant jewel tones given to each book in this series and the sensual romantic scenes swathed in the softer color shades pull me in.  I love the greens, the mountain scene, silhouetted couple and the bittersweet tone of this one.

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Would you look at that, another Daniel Dos Santos!

Take It Off The Menu by Christina Hovland

Take It Off the Menu by Christina Hovland

In truth, I love this whole series of bare-chested men surrounded by bright pastels and objects from their professions.  Simply fun!

Bitter Truth by CJ Carmichael

Atmospheric tunnel of trees and fog with a silhouette in the distance just grabs my imagination.

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

I don’t know why, but the teal and peachy orange with the lounging woman sunbather takes my fancy so much that I had to own a hard copy so I could pet it.

Forever My Home by Sharon Sala

I feel cozy and nostalgic just gazing upon the artist rendering of the lake and home in this one just as I have all the small town scenes in this series of covers.


What about you?  What covers won your adoration this year?  Do Tell!

My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event.  You can visit her site and see the schedule here:


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

So many great covers. So glad that the insides were just as good for you. I’ve only read a few of these. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, I do love a pretty cover, but only stay in love if it covers a lovely story. 🙂

Merry Christmas, Melanie!

2 years ago

I love the Bromance cover too. It was fun and eluded to the actually book her read in the story. All the Cuba colors are lovely. I like that old-time feel and the coloring they used

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Definite some great cover art, Sam!

2 years ago

You have some great picks here. That Storm Cursed cover is so pretty! I haven’t read that series, but always like seeing the covers with all those little details. Same goes with the covers for that zombie series by Diana Rowland. And the Forever My hero one is beautiful too and captures that small town nostalgic feel well.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

You would probably enjoy both those series and its fun to see how the covers fit into the stories because they always do.

Oh yes, the small town feel is so strong in the Sharon Sala covers. Love them!

Anne - Books of My Heart

Great choices Sophia! I love all the covers on those CJ Carmichael books and I want to read them. I have the Bromance Book Club and I’m collecting all those Diana Rowland ones on audio. Storm Cursed is on my list too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Thanks, Anne! Oh yes, the Bitter Root series is good stuff. In fact, a new one is releasing soon and I can’t wait. The Diana Rowland series is sensational on audio- good choice!

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Nice pick on covers. I’ve got Briggs on my list. Her covers are always AMAZING.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh Cool! We’re twinsies. Not surprising and you are so right, Angela. 🙂

2 years ago

Great picks although I’ve only read Bromance. and Whit Trash Zombies. Covers are way more important than they should be to me I think. Bad cover and I won’t buy it. I can’t help it. My favorite covers are Dannika Darks. She meticulously plans and designs each cover and her readers have to look at every detail-especially her Cross Breed covers although her Mageri series covers are fantastic as well. I’m also so over bare chest male covers. Way over done in my opinion. I still read some because favorite authors still do it at times. I’m enjoying your end… Read more »

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I’ve never been one who could be detached between cover and book content so I know what you mean about struggling to pick up a book when I don’t like the cover. Usually, I just don’t even notice the book and pass it for others that do catch my eye.
Yes, those Dannika Dark’s show lots of thought has gone into them. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

These are some great covers you have here!!! Wolf Rain and Storm Cursed are my favorites.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, Renee! Those are both beautiful stories and covers.

Jen T
2 years ago

I like the addition of the word “and” to your list. I think I sort of did that in my own head – I don’t know if I could add a book to my list just because of the cover, and didn’t like the book!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

I feel the same way. I love covers, but I can’t see them as a fav on my list only for the cover. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Love all of them! Good picks!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Thanks Carole! 🙂