The Best (Recent) Book Covers Including MINE!

  • Published on Mar 2, 2018
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    OK, this is exciting and scary. So, while I wait for the time at which we are all coordinated for this thing to go live let me tell you how this worked.
    First, the designer got the manuscript, then they read it, then they sent me three sample covers that I did not like. They were obviously rough mockups, but I didn't like the direction. There was good energy, but all of the fonts were hand-written and, honestly, I wanted it to look visibly distinct from a John Green book.
    So then I sent them a few things:
    1. Three images that I really liked that were not book covers. They all had bold colors, repeating patterns, and felt illustrated but now hand-drawn.
    2. A few of my favorite recent book covers.
    3. A few lines, less than 400 words about what I really hoped for that included this sentence: "Getting the mix between high energy and fun and deadly serious is something I thought a lot about when writing, and it's hard, but it may be an impossible thing to hope for in a cover design."
    Then a few weeks went by during which time I was assured that a lot of time and thought were going into sending a long a more finished product that took my thoughts into account. I feel very lucky that I got to have this much feedback.
    What I then got in my email was five designs...three of which were color variations on the final product. And I was like, "YES! THIS!" but then of course I had some thoughts. I asked for some other color treatments, and I also suggested adding the eyes to one of the Carls, which I think is a very cool touch. In the end, I went with one of the original color schemes but was glad I had seen the others anyway. And with a couple of very very minor finishing thoughts we had it.
    I have a lot more thoughts on covers and I could critique great design all day, but I only had four minutes. I feel bad that there are so many great covers out there (and on my bookshelf right now) that I didn't get to talk about, but there are only so many minutes in a vlogbrothers video and only so many hours in a day!
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Comments • 993

  • Wendy Neverland
    Wendy Neverland Month ago

    "I'll give you the sun" is one of my favourite books of all time

  • JohnnyWatches
    JohnnyWatches 4 months ago

    And now we know it's a fantastic book as well

  • Gabriella Gonzales
    Gabriella Gonzales 4 months ago

    โ€œOh my gosh look at baby Neil Gaiman.โ€

  • SaraJ86
    SaraJ86 6 months ago +1


  • ItsJustJenn77
    ItsJustJenn77 6 months ago

    I don't make many videos where I am the one talking to the camera (usually I'm the one behind it), but this is a video I think i'd like to take a whack at recreating with my own collection of books.

  • Caitlyn Kafka
    Caitlyn Kafka 7 months ago

    God you're right about It Devours. It's such a fantastic cover

  • Ryzer
    Ryzer 7 months ago

    i love contemporary covers lol

  • Rainbow Hyphen
    Rainbow Hyphen 8 months ago

    If it is possible to judge a book by its cover, then I must conclude that you wrote an AWESOME book (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, coming out September 25th, available for pre-order now)!

  • TealShadows
    TealShadows 8 months ago

    it reminds of how the cover of Chasing Vermeer feels. It's like cartoony, and you can tell it's meant to be accesible to young adults, but it still has an element of mystery that you know would pull you in as a reader.

  • Isabelle Goodrow
    Isabelle Goodrow 8 months ago

    I LOVE THE COVER!!!!!!

  • Charlie Bucket
    Charlie Bucket 9 months ago

    0:20 "ohmygosh look at baby neil gaiman, he's so cuute"

  • Warlord StarCraft
    Warlord StarCraft 9 months ago

    I don't particularly the cover of hanks book. But ik that it will b fantastic

  • Isha X
    Isha X 9 months ago

    Hi Hank! I''ve been checking in for the last couple of months and I have a question... Do you know who will narrate the audiobook version of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing? I really want to pre-order the audiobook version but not knowing the narrator is causing me to hold off on my order. Bad narrators have ruined amazing pieces of literature for me in the past so if/when you do know who will be given the amazing honour of narrating your book, can you please, please, please let the world know? ๐Ÿ˜Š. I really would love to read the paper copy (as the cover looks incredible) but I've found that audiobooks allow me to satisfy my love of literature whilst removing the limitations I faces as someone with severe ADHD (predominantly inattentive characteristics). When it comes to memorising and engaging with a text, my brain has always soaked up aural stimuli like a sponge. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement! I am so very excited and cannot wait to hear who the narrator for your audiobook version will be! -ix ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Zaid Asif
    Zaid Asif 9 months ago

    Oddly whenever I think of it, instead of thinking of the actual cover, I imagine a turtles all the way down style one. I donโ€™t what you think but thatโ€™s what I think.

    • Zaid Asif
      Zaid Asif 9 months ago

      Sidenote: when I say โ€œitโ€, I mean an absolutely remarkable thing.

    • Zaid Asif
      Zaid Asif 9 months ago

      Sidenote: when I say it, I mean an absolutely remarkable thing.

  • _ _
    _ _ 10 months ago

    So happy you wrote a book!

  • Mheret Tatek
    Mheret Tatek 10 months ago

    Oh.. and Hank... when you said that you might be biased on your's and John's book covers being some of the best in the last ten years...
    Don't worry, so are we. :)

  • Mheret Tatek
    Mheret Tatek 10 months ago

    The cover if Hanks' book looks like a piece of art that I would definitely hang on my wall.
    Or should I say
    *Hank* on my wall !
    ...I'll see myself out.

  • Andie Arroz
    Andie Arroz 10 months ago +1

    ...headless woman...

    Mind blown (Shane Dawson references)

  • Joshua Brenneman
    Joshua Brenneman 10 months ago

    Hank, nothing about your cover seemed mysterious or creepy... until I saw that only one of the humanoid figures has eyes. Iโ€™m not sure why but all of a sudden, realizing I was being watched, gave me the exact feeling Iโ€™m sure you were excited about.

  • Kelvin Gorgeous-son
    Kelvin Gorgeous-son 10 months ago

    Reminds me of the my life in the bush of ghosts cover a bit... but also this is a really cool talk! Every day graphic design is dope

  • Anders D Scott
    Anders D Scott 10 months ago

    Mentions cutest cat, does not show this cutest cat. The internet suffers. Mazel tov on A Book tho

  • Devin Weinzierl
    Devin Weinzierl 10 months ago

    I'm usually a huge fan of how enthusiastic Hank is with his hands when he talks but Oh. My God. Hold those books still so I can enjoy the covers too! Lol.

  • Margaret Post
    Margaret Post 11 months ago

    my favorite book covers are the old terry pratchett covers. I mean, if you look at any of the original covers, you know that they are in the same world, same series, as the art style is the same, and you can tell how... strange the world is going to be, just because of the weird style it uses.

  • IDrawHorseChamp
    IDrawHorseChamp 11 months ago

    Turtles all the Way Down has a great one, too.

  • Grace Kitchell
    Grace Kitchell 11 months ago

    Hey I would love to know, green brothers or company. Is it important that books have good or accurate covers? Again no opinion not looking for a dumpster fire, but this seems like an interesting conversation to be had.

  • Emma Roeske
    Emma Roeske 11 months ago

    Whoever did all the Albert Camus books in black and white is amazing. Love those covers.

  • Ariel Chen
    Ariel Chen 11 months ago

    Hank's book cover reminds me of SpongeBob๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Ellis Saunders
    Ellis Saunders 11 months ago

    So excited that An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is available for pre order now and comes out September 25th!

  • Tanyell Jackson
    Tanyell Jackson 11 months ago

    Okay I don't want to sound like those crazy know it all fan girls, plus I am 11 anyway, I would like to challenge the analogy in your book the Fault In Our Stars. Let me just say the movie was so much more different than the book and when Hazel Grace said you cant truly find happiness unless you felt pain. People do it every day and I credit you for that but you cant give true sympathy for a person unless you truly know what they have been through. Maybe that is what it means so I credit you for that too. I love your books and I would love a continuation of the book The Fault In Our Stars. Only if you are comfortable with writing another book.
    -With the utter most respect
    your fan

  • ffboda
    ffboda 11 months ago

    Those are great covers - and congrats for yours! It look amazing! - but hold my beer and let me show you all the covers made by Cosac Naify, one of the best book print companies in Brazil

  • Jessica Graves
    Jessica Graves 11 months ago

    The second to last one reminds me a lot of It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini!

  • Timothy Fath
    Timothy Fath 11 months ago
    People DO judge a book by its cover.

  • Thoughtful player
    Thoughtful player 11 months ago

    John Green, I love your book "Will and Will"!!!

  • Giulia Noir
    Giulia Noir 11 months ago


  • eltimbalino
    eltimbalino 11 months ago

    Judge a book by its cover? Who has time for that these days? As we skim past the shelves, rushing towards our next commitment, we scan and pick a book by its spine. Maybe we'll get a glance at its cover as the staff flip it and scan the barcode. Then we're off out of the store, and rushing forward into our life again.
    I like the design and am sure it will standout well on the shelves. Using enough visual language to indicate its genre and style, but keeping it fresh and new at the same time. Well balanced.

  • IceNixie0102
    IceNixie0102 11 months ago

    OH MY GOD HE SAID THE TITLE OF THE BOOK. Hank doesn't do that. Only John does that for him. What??

  • Neeru
    Neeru 11 months ago

    What interests me is that one guy whose eyes are open in Hank's cover.

  • Brittany Pines
    Brittany Pines 11 months ago


  • Helen Smith
    Helen Smith 11 months ago +1

    Ooh I love it and the fact only one of those outlines has eyes!!

  • BooksandQuestions
    BooksandQuestions 11 months ago

    HAND LETTERED BOOK COVERS! It's such a thing. Yours is great. :)

  • Ankit Shil
    Ankit Shil 11 months ago

    I love your books guys but it is a shame that I live in a small city in India with a very less readership (you can count them on fingers) thus we don't any big book or magazine shops and the books shops keep books of chetan bhagat (I will rather never read a book than read his). But I succeeded in buying TFioS in a local annual book fair they only had one copy and ever since I'm a big fan of yours John. Hank I'm waiting to read your book as well

  • NotQuiteNormal42
    NotQuiteNormal42 11 months ago

    2:30 I'dliketothankJohnRoderickandtheLongWintersfortheuseofourthemesong(It'sa)DepartureoffoftheiralbumPuttingtheDaystoBed

  • Jackie Durio
    Jackie Durio 11 months ago

    I really like this video with all the enthusiasm and the zoomed in face and YAY THE BOOK COVER I'M SO HAPPY FOR HANK

  • Andy Rosene
    Andy Rosene 11 months ago

    I recognized the Name of the Wind immediately.

  • Lucent Gamers
    Lucent Gamers 11 months ago

    Are you missing a by?

  • roxyqueen2
    roxyqueen2 11 months ago

    oooh, I like it. It's very ambiguous.

  • eve
    eve 11 months ago


  • nab 6215
    nab 6215 11 months ago

    Congratulations on the cool cover!

  • darthvaderchic
    darthvaderchic 11 months ago

    It reminds me of Goosebumps!

  • Miguel Soriano
    Miguel Soriano 11 months ago

    This is me when I talk about books that I like but nowone cares

  • rosie4queen
    rosie4queen 11 months ago

    Book cover! Also now Iโ€™m dying for more photos or videos of Cameo :) you canโ€™t say your cat is the cutest in the world (guaranteed adorable but I have my own to be biased about) and then not give us the kitty goods!!!

  • Musicellaneous
    Musicellaneous 11 months ago

    Impressive video!! Very cool! :)

  • Adrian
    Adrian 11 months ago

    "I really like how small the title of the book is on the Twilight cover" *SHOWS AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING WITH AN ABSOLUTELY, REMARKABLY HUGE TITLE ON THE COVER*
    Well...despite the irony here, I actually do like the cover! A lot.

  • naitcst
    naitcst 11 months ago

    If this book got adopted into film, do you think joss whedon would ever direct that film.

  • The Temp Knowledge
    The Temp Knowledge 11 months ago

    Another great book! *Another book on my reading list! Can't wait to create an animated book review about it!* Keep up the great work brothers!

  • Benjamin Rhodes
    Benjamin Rhodes 11 months ago

    Hank's excitement for his book is the most precious thing. I love the way he talks about April like a friend he's introducing us too. I can't wait to see where this takes the vlog brothers!

  • Nick Paul
    Nick Paul 11 months ago

    Russia also hacked the rnc as well as set up anti trump rallies.

  • Beccasawrus
    Beccasawrus 11 months ago

    The font reminds me of the Spongebob font xD

  • Michael Goff
    Michael Goff 11 months ago

    Hank! Have you seen the hardcover version of Walkaway by Cory Doctorow? So good! The books swell as well ๐Ÿ˜

  • undertowsoul
    undertowsoul 11 months ago +1


  • SB SB
    SB SB 11 months ago

    ""STEAL THIS BOOK"""Abbie Hoffman Best title -Cover ever

  • kherichi
    kherichi 11 months ago

    Wow I've never seen a review like this! I'll remember this if ever I publish something maybe!

  • Jayme
    Jayme 11 months ago

    Just preordered! I'm so excited!

  • xenos hive
    xenos hive 11 months ago

    Where's the man on a sword on a horse?!

  • Lauren Christel-Marie
    Lauren Christel-Marie 11 months ago +1

    It Devours!!! I preordered a signed copy of it and absolutely love it. Iโ€™m so happy you mentioned it, because itโ€™s amazing

  • TheLizzerd
    TheLizzerd 11 months ago

    The cover of hankโ€™s book features my favorite colors

  • globaljabouble
    globaljabouble 11 months ago

    I love the little eyes on one of the dark figures. I wanna know what those eyes are looking at.

  • Neth Dugan
    Neth Dugan 11 months ago

    Kinda reminds me of old horror movies like the blob or something. Which isn't doing anything for me. But it may grow on me, TIFIOS's cover also grew on me after a while.

  • ็‹ฯ€
    ็‹ฯ€ 11 months ago

    I'm sorry Hank, but I actually have the cutest cat in the world.

  • Juliette Josse
    Juliette Josse 11 months ago

    Why does Hank's book cover reminds me of Scooby Doo ? ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • blue
    blue 11 months ago

    you included my favorites!! simon vs and adsom!!! such good books and such cool covers

  • Aldor The Great
    Aldor The Great 11 months ago

    My favourite cover is will grayson will grayson (the version where you can feel the different tapes (although ivlike the shiny one too))

  • Mikazha
    Mikazha 11 months ago

    I love the colour! Great shades of blue and green! And I realise I have similar tastes in book covers as you, Hank. Bright, sort of simple (but if you think about it or look closer there are hidden elements/clues). This, in turn, explains why I'm not a fan of many fantasy, sci-fi and crime covers, they're usually to full of detail and in muted colours.

  • Ashraqat Omar
    Ashraqat Omar 11 months ago

    im buyin all of these books since hank has them๐Ÿ˜น

  • Dee Ratterree
    Dee Ratterree 11 months ago

    Chip Kidd

  • Eleri Theta
    Eleri Theta 11 months ago

    And that one figure on your cover with the slightly open eyes drawing the reader in even more to the mystery ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • M B
    M B 11 months ago

    I don't even know the content of Hanks book but i'll read it.

  • MMM Green tail
    MMM Green tail 11 months ago

    I love the first Fablehaven book cover. The original one with Muriel and the fairies.

  • Sirake
    Sirake 11 months ago

    I'm so super excited to buy this book in 2 years when it's out and I can find it somewhere that doesn't conflict with my budget. Yay living paycheck to paycheck :')

  • Ricki -Lee
    Ricki -Lee 11 months ago

    Usually I get annoyed at people plugging stuff, but when it comes to you I just feel like a proud mum. John really made you understand the why plugging is important and you did it in your own very cool way! P.S youโ€™re my favourite, sorry John

  • the24hourbookstore
    the24hourbookstore 11 months ago

    really cool video! I love thinking about design and cover art and loved being surprised by your choices

  • R J
    R J 11 months ago

    Hey.... why does only one of them have eyes ( right bottom of book cover). It has to be intentional... Hank pls tell us about it.
    Believe it or not this exactly is my favorite color combination!

  • Klemeninio Browni
    Klemeninio Browni 11 months ago

    Trying so hard to be funny but looking like an idiot. Well done Hank, that is why I do not like you soyboys

  • LoveHarryStyles Forever
    LoveHarryStyles Forever 11 months ago

    Whoa... love the book cover. Its super eye catchy.. ooh can't wait to read it ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Swarnika Gangrade
    Swarnika Gangrade 11 months ago

    I really love the covers of Scarlet, Cinder, Cress and Winter (books 1-4 of the Lunar Chronicles) also, the cover of Ransom Riggs' Hollow City.

  • Wolfferoni
    Wolfferoni 11 months ago

    Yeah that's a bold colour choice if I ever saw one. I don't find it too pleasing on the eyes but at the same time, it stands out so much that I'll never miss it and if I see blue and yellowish-green together I'll always remember this.

  • LR Phillips
    LR Phillips 11 months ago

    OMG I'm reading A darker shade of magic rn(it's really good) and when you were talking about fantasy I picked it up to check for the serif font lol. and you are correct about the thoughtfulness. what a kinky dink:)

  • LaWonsie
    LaWonsie 11 months ago

    First off -- I really like the cover and I'm so excited to read the book! I'm sure it's going to be great! :)
    Second -- I agree with you Hank. No matter the truth that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, I can't help but let the cover influence books I buy. I like having good looking editions of books. I like to roam around the Fantasy section trying to figure out what book looks interesting. That's how I found Pat Rothfuss' and Scott Lynch's books. Both of which I love. A lot! However if they had (to quote from an earlier video of yours) "a half naked guy on a horse with a sword" on the cover I would have probably not picked them up because they wouldn't have captured my attentino as well.

  • Emilie
    Emilie 11 months ago

    did anyone else feel like the light blue part vaguely resembled lamas? i'm sure they're not meant to but thats what I got from them.

  • Somebody
    Somebody 11 months ago

    Wow. I don't like it at all. :( Why are the title and author name the same font, size, color and aren't even separated in any way???

  • Daphne Ammerman
    Daphne Ammerman 11 months ago


  • Tabby Chow
    Tabby Chow 11 months ago

    I'm so glad that you love A Darker Shade of Magic' s cover too. V.E Schwab has been blessed my the cover Gods

  • anchimel
    anchimel 11 months ago

    I'm glad a darker shade of magic made your list. It's definitely one of my favorite covers (and books) from the past several years.

  • Sarah Lynch
    Sarah Lynch 11 months ago

    YAAASS! It Devours!

  • James Madden
    James Madden 11 months ago

    Nice cover, but I won't get it until your tour comes near Stockton. Yes, I got the Turtle book for John. Glad to me you guys, can't wait to see you again...hehe

  • Nano 02
    Nano 02 11 months ago

    One of my favorite book covers include the ones in the whole Lunar Chronicle series. Especially Cinder, with the red high heels and a robotic feet underneth the skin of the feet, it's amazing!! Also, I love your book cover! It totally stands out on its own. DFTBA~

  • Kalyn Hill
    Kalyn Hill 11 months ago

    I love those anasi boys

  • Game of Tomes
    Game of Tomes 11 months ago

    I love how only one of the robots has eyes!! ๐Ÿ‘€

  • JYT
    JYT 11 months ago

    "Wait where can you get it?
    When does it come out?
    Is it available for preorder now?"
    Great work hank you answered all these questions like john told you to