Thanks to everyone who contributed their favorite covers. Here are the results:
The Night Life of Trees, published by Tara Books, India
Sarah writes: "Oh my, there are a lot of covers and they are all gorgeous. Pick one that you like. This book is a work of art--you should get your hands on a copy." No kidding; while searching for the cover picture, I also saw some of the internal art: beautiful.
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt, US cover
"I LOVE the covers for Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia books; this cover for The Queen of Attolia is literally what made me want to read the series."
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
"I've always loved this cover for The Hobbit"
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
"And I love this cover for Tombs of Atuan; the layout and the illustration and the colors are just gorgeous to me."
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
Keren writes, "I love the UK covers for Sarah Dessen's books - petty and clever." Here's Just Listen and That Summer
"And similarly the covers for Fiona Dunbar's Silk Sisters trilogy are very beautiful indeed." Here's Pink Chameleon
Julia writes, "I love covers that have lots to look at" and mentions:
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Julia also says The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett makes her feel like a kid again. Not sure I picked the cover you were thinking of, Julia, but this one made me smile!
I hope you don't mind me sorting these by those who suggested them, but so many of your comments had me nodding and smiling--I couldn't not include them.
Likewise, I couldn't not include MY favorites...
Graceling by Kristin Cashore, UK cover
Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma (full wrap around cover)
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
This is the first edition, and I apologize the image is so small; I couldn't find any other images. I first read this as a teenager, a book borrowed from a friend's dad. The cover had a cut out, revealing the main character on the inside page. I was endlessly fascinated by the cover and stared at it repeatedly as I read. Clearly, since I still remember it.
It was such a treat to see all the covers. Thank you everyone!