The Casual Optimist website is a great resource for anyone interested in book cover design (and books generally) and it regularly features the best of book design; by country, by month and, of course, best of the year.
It has just listed its 50 favourite covers from 2014 and I shall feature my own 17 favourites from that list here.
They are, in order, as follows:
Area X by Jeff VanderMeer; design by Rodrigo Corral (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / November 2014).The Book of Heaven by Patricia Storace; design by Linda Huang (Pantheon / February 2014).
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; art direction and design Rafi Romaya; illustration Yehrin Tong (Canongate / October 2014).
California by Edan Lepucki; design Julianna Lee (Little Brown & Co. / July 2014).
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine; design by Luke Bird (Faber & Faber / May 2014).
The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim; design by Jason Ramirez (Penguin / February 2014).
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison; design by Tom Darracott(Granta / June 2014).
Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar; design by Paul Sahre (New Directions / March 2014).
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride; design by Donna Payne (Faber & Faber / April 2014).
Happy are the Happy by Yesmina Reza; design by Suzanne Dean (Harvill Secker / July 2014).
The Intervals of Cinema by Jacques Rancière; design by Jessica Svendsen (Verso / October 2014).
The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon; design by Linda Huang (Pantheon / August 2014).
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop; design by Katie Tooke (Picador / April 2014).
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; design by Jamie Keenan (W. W. Norton / February 2014).
Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts; design by Isabelle De Cat (Penguin / October 2014).
Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball; design by Peter Mendelsund(Pantheon / January 2014).
Vanishing by Gerard Woodward; design by Jamie Keenan (Picador UK / March 2014).
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle; design by Timothy Goodman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / September 2014).
You can see the full list )of 50) across at The Casual Optimist