Best book covers of 2011

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:33 a.m. ET

You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,” right? But who can resist some of these eye-catching beauties that just won’t let you pass them by? They have covers that shout to be picked up. And even better than a truly enrapturing cover is an enchanting book! Get the best of both with these Cover War winners of 2011.

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

Jio's debut novel clearly had all the ingredients for a fabulous book. A heroine who once had it all, a mystery, mesmerizing scenes and a well-written plot. And who can resist the cover that shows the mysterious 1943 red velvet diary? It's the diary that could finally help Emily make some sense of her own life that once seemed so perfect.

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