Cover Trend Alert: Birds of a Feather

I was adding fall releases to my TBR when I noticed something: three titles all featuring birds on the cover (Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt, and The Swallows by Lisa Lutz). So I went searching back through 2019 releases, and sure enough, there were more birds to be found. Ironically, a lot of these books, such as Mouthful of Birds, written by Samanta Schweblin and translated by Megan McDowell, allude to avian connections in their titles but leave the covers bird free. (And vice versa, as you’ll see below!) Here are just some of the birds of a feather flocking together in 2019. Have more bird books on the brain? Let us know about ’em at @ALA_Booklist.

Call Down the Hawk, by Maggie Stiefvater

Descendant of the Crane, by Joan He

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson

Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi

Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton

King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo

Mostly Dead Things, by Kristen Arnett

The Nightjar, by Deborah Hewitt

Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers

The Swallows, by Lisa Lutz

This Is How you Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren

The World That We Knew, by Alice Hoffman



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Melody’s love of words has taken her on a variety of adventures, beyond the adventures on the page, including librarian, bookseller, literary intern, dramaturg, and script reader. Reading hundreds of books a year, she's constantly seeking that next literary fix.

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