Of course, when we choose a book we don’t choose a book by its cover. But despite this, we can all have a little OCD about our bookshelves, and sometimes you just got to add the right color on there.
For all you avid readers who need a little sophisticated color on your bookshelf, these are the best books with a black cover. From highly-acclaimed novels, non-fiction, romance, young adult, fantasy and sci-fi, and a few children’s books for kids too!
You’ll be sure to find a book that’s not just aesthetically pleasing, but enjoyable to read, too!
So, when you’re ready, let’s take a look!
Acclaimed Books with A Black Cover
Let’s begin our list with the best highly acclaimed books with black covers. These are some of the world’s best sellers and award-winning authors.
1. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Another award winning young adult book is the well-known Twilight Saga. It’s an intense love story that you can really sink your teeth into (pun intended).
The quick driving makes this the perfect summer read, and perfect if you are craving something like After.
When Bella moves into a new town, Edward Cullen immediately catches her eye. He is handsome and mysterious. Yet, somehow, this mysterious bad boy seems to be drawn to Bella. But is that draw because he loves her, or because he thirsts for her blood? Edward is a vampire.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is an award-winning, New York Times Bestselling novel and a timeless modern classic. Even if you’re not from Canada, you’ve probably heard of it.
Set in a dystopian future where environmental disasters cause declining birthrates, a civil war breaks out. The rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime, enslaves the few remaining fertile women, bound to produce children for one of the Gilead’s commanders – also known as the handmaids.
Offred is one of these handmaids, and this is the story of her life, deprived of seeing her husband and children, living only on memories to get her through each day. This is a dark and suspenseful tale with an eerie twist.
3. Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James
This award-winning book is popular for a reason. E. L. James’s first novel is a suspenseful, sexy love story that will keep you constantly on edge. It is the story of Christen Grey and Ana, a dark tale of romance.
When the beautiful Anna meets the dark, intimidating Christen Grey she is intrigued and interested. She is a student coming to interview him, for Mr. Grey is a successful entrepreneur.
They are both drawn to each other, and when Grey finally admits his feelings, sparks become a flame. An intense and erotic relationship begins between them, but one that is strictly on Christen Grey’s terms.
A funny, sexy quick read, this book brings you all the twisted love that you enjoyed in After. It also brings you its two sequels, great new characters, and at the center of it all, a passionate billionare love story.
4. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is possibly one of the most well-known dystopian series set in a dystopian society, where society is divided by class.
The wealthiest districts are the lowest number, such as District 1, and the poorest district, is the final district of District 12. Each district serves The Capitol, the wealthiest of all districts.
To ensure each district knows its place, each year one boy and one girl from each district must compete in The Hunger Games – a battle to the death with one sole victor, who earns a lifetime of food and riches for their family.
This three-novel series follows Katniss Everdeen, a teenager from District 12, from her first battle in the Hunger Games in book one to a much bigger battle in books 2 and 3.
If you haven’t read the books, and only watched the films, make sure you read the books as there is a ton more information in them.
5. Looking for Alaska – John Green
Miles “Pudge” Halter has an obsession with famous last words. His entire life has been somewhat monotonous, so he transfers to a boarding school in search of a “Great Perhaps.”
Once there, Miles meets Alaska Young, and his life becomes anything but boring. Alaska is unpredictable, wild, and self-destructive. The two become extremely close friends, along with Chip “Colonel” Martin, and enjoy many wonderful experiences at Culver Creek Boarding School.
However, when tragedy strikes, Miles is forced to confront mortality, teaching him the value of living and loving wholeheartedly. This is a sweet best friends romance novel you won’t be able to put down.
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Non-Fiction Books with A Black Cover
If non-fiction is more your vibe, don’t worry. These are the best non-fiction books with black covers.
6. A Book About Absolutely Nothing – I.M. Nobody
This book is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a book of absolutely nothing. All the pages are blank.
It’s either seen as a novelty or a piece of art. If you’re looking for a coffee table book or a random gift for a friend as a joke present, this would certainly be a funny purchase.
And what’s great is that because it’s blank, you can use it as a notebook and fill it with your own personal thoughts and secrets. And if anyone was to find it, well, it does say it’s a book of nothing.
7. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
Can’t Hurt Me is the biographical journey of David Goggins, who went from an obese, depressed couch potato to a record-breaking athlete and personal trainer.
He talks about our limitations and excuses for not getting into shape and looking after our bodies, as well as how to overcome them.
The former Air Force serviceman and Navy SEAL didn’t have an easy life. In Can’t Hurt Me, he talks about his childhood, growing up in poverty, and suffering from abuse. This resulted in him becoming overweight and depressed in his 20s, but this didn’t stop him from turning his life around.
Now, he is an ultra-endurance athlete who holds the world record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours.
This is a biography of how to be tough, both mentally and physically, as well as how to challenge your inner thoughts and adopt a positive mindset.
8. The Mountain Is You – Brianna Wiest
If you’re someone who feels they self-sabotage, then this is a book for you. It reveals no only why and when we do it, but how to stop it.
Brianna West describes how conflicting needs can create self-sabotaging behaviors. In order to overcome this negative reaction, we need to learn to accept change and learn from our most damaging habits.
This book is about building your emotional intelligence and better your understanding of your brain and body, and drawing on past experiences in order to act on improving yourself.
The mountain is a metaphor for the challenges we face, especially if they seem impossible to overcome. To climb a mountain it takes mental as well as physical strength to overcome it.
This is a book about mastering your own mountains.
9. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful Again – Lysa TerKeurst
Another prominent self-help book that needs a place on your bookshelf if Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.
This #1 New York Times Bestseller is all about letting go of the pain other people have done to you. We have all at some point in our lives experienced unresolved pain, and if you’re struggling to let go of this, then this book may help.
Lysa TerKeurst has also been on this journey and found surprising ways to let go of resentment. If you’re resistant to forgiving people who don’t make the effort to make things right, then you’ll find enlightenment in this book.
This is not just a self-book based on experience but on 1,000 hours of theological study. It offers empathy and therapeutic insight.
10. Salt: A World History – Mark Kurlansky
Have you ever wondered where a common household item such as salt came from? How did we decide that adding salt to a meal makes it taste better? What is it made of? Where does it come from?
These are all questions answered in Mark Kurlansky’s non-fiction book, Salt.
It turns out, Salt is the only rock we eat and has shaped civilization from the very beginning. In fact, it was once so valuable to the human race, that it was used as currency.
This is not a simple book of facts. Mark Kurlansky writes in such a way that it is captivating as well as knowledgeable. As you follow the journey of Salt, you are greeted by colorful characters and enjoyable stories.
Salt is an entertaining and enjoyable read.
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Young Adult Books with A Black Cover
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11. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is a National Bestselling novel about two starcrossed magicians who are enslaved to the circus.
When the circus arrives, there is no announcement, no warning, it will simply turn up one night and be gone by dawn. Under the canvas dome, the audience is captivated by the unique and breathtaking performance of Le Cirque des Rêves.
But behind the scenes two magicians are enstared in a fierce duel. Celia and Marco have been trained for this battle by their magical instructors since childhood, but neither one of them knew the duel would leave only one of them standing.
Celia and Marco fall headfirst in love, which only leads to disaster. Soon it is not just their lives at stake, but the lives of everyone else in the circus.
12. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is story of compassion and coming of age, set in a quiet Southern town on the brink of a moral crisis.
This timeless story is told from the perspective of a young girl, Scout, who is growing up in Jim Crow South.
The storyline follows her father, Atticus Finch, a white doctor in the community, who is bravely defending a falsely accused black man in a court full of prejudice and racism.
What makes this book so important, is that it was written at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. It’s one of the first novels to challenge prejudice, and human behavior and explores themes of racism, innocence, and justice.
13. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
If you liked Darkest Minds, the perfect book to start afterward would have to be The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Believe us when we say this one’s EPIC!
Picture Earth, our planet, entirely overtaken by aliens in an apocalypse. But not your depths of interstellar space, ET lookalike aliens. Human aliens. Ones that look like, well, humans. I know, I shuddered too!
Over the course of multiple ‘waves’, each one effectively destroys the building blocks of the world as we know it.
The book starts amid the fifth wave, where we meet Cassie, who’s just lost her brother. Alone in the new world, fighting for her survival, she meets Evan and they promise to stick together in the hunt for Cassie’s brother.
A gripping story that keeps you hooked from the very beginning, author Rick Yancey’s done a stellar job. It’s no wonder this book won the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2014.
14. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl was an international sensation when it came out and it’s easy to see why. This dramatic and fast-paced thriller story has you on tender hooks throughout.
It follows the disappearance of Amy Dunne, who mysteriously vanished on her fifth wedding anniversary. Only, husband Nick, is dangerously on the edge.
The story follows Nick as he is contronted by the police and media pressure to speak about what happened to Amy, who everyone clearly believes he murdered her.
Only Nick doesn’t help himself with his evasive and odd behaviour, and obvious resentment towards his wife. But is he really a killer? and what happened to Amy?
15. Stolen – Lucy Christopher
Stolen is the intriguing debut novel by Luxy Christopher, which follows a kidnapping in Southeast Asia.
The novel is partyly written as a letter from a victim, Gemma, to her abductor. Ghen she was 16 on layover at Bangkok Airport, on her way to Vietnam for a vacation with her parents, she steps away for a second to get a coffee.
When a German, Ty, pays for Gemma’s drink, he drugs it and before she knows it she was taken away.
Her kidnapper takes her to the desolate Australian Outback, where Gemma fights for survival and comes to terms with her living nightmare.
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Romance Books with A Black Cover
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16. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel about a good girl in love with a bad boy.
Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and wears cardigans. She believes she has put enough space between her and her past, but when she arrives at college, her path is challenged after a one-night stand.
Travis Maddox is the epitome of bad boys. He’s clean-cut and covered in tattoos. Exactly the type of man your mum said to stay away from.
He spends his nights’ gambling in a floating fight ring, and by day he is a college campus charmer.
Abby seemed resistant to his appeal, so he tricks her into his life with a simple bet. The rules are, that if he loses, he must go sex-free for a month. If Abby loses, she must move in with Travis.
Either way, Travis has no idea what he has got himself into…
This is a sizzling college romance book you need to add to your reading list!
17. Verity – Colleen Hoover
From the New York Times Bestseller, Colleen Hoover, is the international sensation, Verity.
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer going through a financial breakdown. Jeremy Crawford, known for her best-selling author wife, Verity Crawford, offered the job to Lowen.
Soon circumstances changed, and Lowen got the job of her lifetime. She was hired to complete the remaining book of Verity Crawford.
Lowen has chosen to write the book because Verity is injured and cannot put in the time to finish it. Lowen was invited to visit the Crawford home. She goes through years of Verity’s notes and outlines to collect sufficient information for the book.
While she was reading the letters, she discovered the half-written autobiography of Verity that she never intended anyone to read. Verity has mentioned unforeseen incidents that altered her family forever. No matter how much Jeremy loves his wife Verity, the horrifying truth is challenging to face.
Lowen keeps the secret concealed from Jeremy because she fears it will devastate his family life. Jeremy will find it challenging to keep loving his wife once he knows the truth.
18. From Blood and Ash – Sarah J. Maas
Poppy’s life isn’t her own. Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy is a Maiden, responsible for the entire kingdom’s fate. Instead of waiting for her Ascension, she would rather stand with the guards, battling against the evil that stole her family. But the decision was never hers.
When Hawke, a golden-eyed guard who is sworn to secure her Ascension, walks into her life, destiny and duty become entwined with passion and need. He incites her rage, causes her to doubt her beliefs, and tempts her with the forbidden—after all, the life of a Maiden is a life of solitary.
A fallen nation, abandoned by the gods and dreaded by mortals, is rising once again, determined to reclaim what they feel is theirs through bloodshed and revenge.
As the shadow of the cursed approaches, the boundary between what is unlawful and what is right grows increasingly hazy.
Poppy is on the point of losing not just her heart but possibly her life, as every blood-soaked thread holding her world together begins to unravel.
19. Birthday Girl – Penelope Douglas
Birthday Girl is an erotic age gap novel with Fifty Shades of Gray vibes – it will certainly get your heart rate racing!
It follows the story of two young teenage lovers, Jordan and Cole who are trying to make positive changes as a couple.
Forced to leave their home, their only choice was to move in with Cole’s slightly estranged father, Pike. Only, Jordan and Pike can’t seem to help but notice one another.
Jordan is nineteen and Pike is thirty-eight, not to mention her boyfriend’s dad.
Everything about this is taboo. But the attraction is intense, and soon, they just can’t stay away…
20. Crave – Tracey Wolff
When Grace entered the academy, her entire world changed. Nothing about that school or the other kids in it seemed right. Being the only mortal there, she isn’t sure which of the warring factions she belongs to if she belongs at all.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with lethal secrets who hasn’t felt anything in a century. But Jaxon put a wall for a purpose. Now someone wants to rouse a sleeping monster, and Grace may have been sent to the academy on purpose—as bait.
If you liked the supernatural romance in From Blood and Ash, then this needs to be next on your list!
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Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books with A Black Cover
Looking for a story from another world? Then you’ll love these fantasy and sci-fi novels with black covers!
21. The Lord of The Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein
Of course, The Lord of The Rings trilogy needs no introduction.
This epic masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkein follows Frodo Baggins and his fellowship as they journey to Mordor to destroy the ring of power, and evil ring that in the hands of Lord Sauron can destroy Middle Earth.
If you’re looking for a copy of the trilogy in black, you can find the complete works in this hardback copy. It also comes with some illustrations including a map of Middle Earth. This is more of a collector’s piece than anything else.
22. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is best known for his novel, American Gods, but Caraline is a novel worth adding to your library at home.
It follows a girl, Coraline who discovered a door in her new home, shortly after moving in. When Coraline steps through the door, she find a house just like this one but much better.
She meets another mother and father and they desperately want her to stay and be their little girl. So much so, that Coraline is unable to leave.
Coraline has to fight to save herself and return to her life through the other door. This is a slightly spooky read, but intended for audiences from 8 to 12.
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dracula is a very famous story, but if you’re searching for a copy of the book with a black cover, then you’ll want to get the Wordsworth Classics copy.
The story of Dracula follows a young lawyer who is sent to Dracula’s estate in Transilvania to prepare property ownership documents.
Only Dracula is a vampire, and leaving may not be so easy.
The story is written through journal entries, letters, and telegrams, which makes for an enticing and realistic read.
24. Curse of The Wolf King – Tessonja Odette
Gemma Bellefleur wants to leave her past behind and forget the day she was humiliated and her heart broken.
But when she was trying to overcome her pain, Gemma was captured by a trickster fae king who threatened to hold her with him for ransom. The news spread in the town, and Gemma becomes a sensation again.
A plague cursed the human-hating King Elliot. He was willing to do anything to save himself from this curse.
Gemma can use the situation for her freedom and make a deal with the King. All she has to do is to protect the King from death. Can Gemma sacrifice her life to save the King?
25. Vampire Diaries – L. J. Smith
If you’re a fan of vampire books, then you’ll love The Vampire Diaries series. This New York Times bestselling series is hailed as one of the greatest vampire stories of all time, and was even turned into a CW TV show.
It follows Elena Gilbert, a high school student who is top of her class. She’s used to getting everything, from what to who she wants. She has her eyes set on one boy, handsome Stefan, but he doesn’t appear interested.
As Elena struggles to understand why Stefan doesn’t want her, we learn that Stefan is a vampire, and when his dark and dangerous vampire brother comes to town, anyone around him is in danger.
But for Elena, she just can’t stay away.
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Children’s Books with A Black Cover
Finally, here’s something for the little ones. Here are the best children’s books with black covers!
26. The House of The Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
The House of The Scorpion was the winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, as well as winner of the Newbery Honor Book and Printz Honor Book award.
It follows Matteo Alacrán who was not born, but harvested. His DNA came from the lord of Opium, El Patrón and he was fertilized in a petri dish and placed in the womb of a cow.
Opium is a strip of poppy fields that grow across the border between the United States and what was once Mexico.
He is now a boy called Matt, who most consider a monster, except for his father, El Patrón.
As he struggles to understand his place in the world, he is threated by people who want him gone – an abonination, grown in science and not born. His only way to survice, is to escape.
But even once escaped, her is finds that freedom is not so easy, especially when you’re different in more ways than one.
27. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the true story of Junior, a cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
When he leaves his troubled school on the Reservation to attend an all-white, high school in a nearby town, he finds he is the only Indian in the school.
This is the hilarious and beautifully written tale of the author’s own experience growing up as an outsider in both race and culture. Complete with drawing by Ellen Forney, this is an enlightening portrayal of adolescence, through the eyes of a Native American boy who just wants to live the life he wants.
This is a great story for older children who want to understand more about race and different cultures.
28. A Snake Falls to Earth – Darcie Little Badger
Darcie Little Badger’s A Snake Falls to Earth is a vivd and symbolic folktake of a young girl who’s trying to understand her family’s rich history.
Nina is a teenager from Texas, who is trying to understand why her family has such long lifespans. At the same time, in another universe, a snake person named Oli is trying to figure out why his toad neighbor is dying.
When Nina and Oli’s paths cross when they are caught in a Gulf Coast hurricane, their friendship is confronted by danger.
This is a sensitive story about ecology, cultural loss and climate change, told in a way that children may understand it.
29. Eyes That Speak To The Stars – Joanna Ho and Dung Ho
From New York Times bestsellers Joanna and Dung Ho, the Eyes That Speak to the Stars is a beautiful story about a young boy who learns about his own race and heritage in a kind and validating way.
It follows a boy who is upset by a drawing of him created by a friend from school. He realises that his eyes are different, and his father tells him that they rise to the skies, speak to the stars and shine like sunline. His father says that his eyes are visionary, and he begins to find power and strength from within.
It is a story about how children can find strength and comfort in who they are.
30. Hotel Magnifique – Emily J. Taylor
The Hotel Magnifique is no ordinary hotel. It’s a magical world of enchanting rooms and golden ceilings, and champagne filled fountains.
Every night, the hotel changes location. It only stays in one place once every decade. When seventeen-year-old Jade visits the Magnifique when it arrives in her hometown, she devises a plan to secure jobs there for herself and her sister, in hopes they can leave their ordinary life.
When the sisters are swept away to the life of the Hotel Magnifique, they embark on an adventure like no other. Only after a while, Jani starts to discover more sinister parts beneath the hotels grand facade.
She starts to ask questions; who runs this hotel? And what was the true price paid by the ones who live there?
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Final Word on Books With A Black Cover
So there you have it, 30 of our favourite books with a black cover! We hope that you found something on this list that is not only enjoyable to read, but looks elegant on your book shelf.
Did we miss anything from our list? Let us know in the comments!
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