The 8 Most Instagrammable Book Covers Of June

by  | June 14

Summer Fridays are finally here, which means it’s time to start loading your tote bags with all the books you can carry. There are plenty of fabulous new releases to choose from, and many of them are looking mighty Instagrammable. (You know exactly what I mean—they’re fave-bait.) Tuck any or all of these eight titles into your oh-so-cool Joan Didion tote, raise your iced coffee high, and artfully arrange to your heart’s content because there’s substance to these stylish books.

(Related: The Six Books We’ve Already Pre-ordered for 2016)

1. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Riverhead)

Lucky finds/delightful reads c/o @housingworksbks

A post shared by alyssa persons (@other__alyssa) on

This book has been showing up everywhere for months, despite being officially released just two weeks ago. The cover art is delightfully bright and playful, so it’s no surprise that the artist, Leah Goren, has also designed items like my favorite Anthropologie cat mug (no, seriously). The content’s just right for the season, too: the Washington Post proclaimed of Modern Lovers, “Summer in the city has never felt so good.”

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

2. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly (Touchstone)

This adorable book has created quite a fan following—check out #SundaysOnThePhoneToMonday on Instagram. Readers have taken to showing off the book with flowers, candles, lattes, #socksunday, and even custom nail art. As a story that pays loving tribute to the art that inspired it (ahem, The Beatles), it’s fitting that so many readers have in turn shared their photographs with the author. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the cover is equal parts quirky and sweet, just like Christine Reilly‘s enchanting prose.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

3. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (Knopf)

Must read #sweetbitter

A post shared by Keystone Service (@keystoneservice) on

When an author sells her debut for a cool six figures, it’s hard not to be intrigued. But when it’s finally published to loud fanfare from the likes of Vogue and a striking cover to boot—well, it’s irresistible. Here’s one to read just to be in on the conversation. Hot tip: for extra ‘grammability, pair Sweetbitter with the latest issue of the Paris Review; they’re fans.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

4. The Girls by Emma Cline (Random House)

With its provocative hook and that striking cover art, Emma Cline‘s debut is another hotly anticipated book of the summer. For those of us who have already read (and reread) The Virgin Suicides, what better to complement our Esalen-inspired summer garb than an atmospheric novel set in 1969? Hippie vibes aside, the New York Times wrote that The Girls is “told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry.” Swoon.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

5. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Atria)

BookBaristas, AKA the Queen of Bookstagram, has shared photos of One True Loves at least 7 times and had a quote from the book TATTOOED ON HER BODY. Enough said.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

6. Square Wave by Mark De Silva (Two Dollar Radio)

If you haven’t read anything from Two Dollar Radio yet, hop to it. This Ohio-based publisher’s cover design is continually on point, as is their list. In addition to putting together this handy flowchart, they’ve also helpfully instructed that Square Wave is “Don Delillo + Robert Bolaño + Fargo” (SOLD). The beautiful cover is just a bonus. French flaps, yo.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Simon Teen)

I love reading YA in the summer because so many of the books are actually set within the season. It’s the perfect setting for drama to unfold and resolve in just three months—or, for the reader, over the course of an afternoon spent binge-reading. The Unexpected Everything is an extremely satisfying case in point, and the cover just screams “summer break” to me. Ice cream truck + group of adorable dogs + cute summery outfit = I’d definitely hold this book in front of a pool for a picture with zero shame.

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound

8. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press)

May book 🙂 #oursharedshelf #MaggieNelson #TheArgonauts

A post shared by @ oursharedshelf on

The Argonauts may well have been the to-read book of 2015, and that was BEFORE Emma Watson graced us with this beautiful book selfie and selected it as the May read for her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf. Basically, if you haven’t read it yet, you have no excuse to put it off any longer. Read it, love it, ‘gram it; just as much for the attention-grabbing design as for the breathtaking, genre-bending writing (and maybe just a little bit for the indie cred).

Buy the book: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Indiebound


(Featured photo: Instagram/nerdytalksbookblog)