Cover Love: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

One very newly published book, three covers. How can that be? Because there is the US version, and the others are the still-to-be-published UK and Australia versions. They’re all great, in very different ways.

The Book of Speculation Covers

The stack of books in the US cover caught my eye, and made me want to read it, but that house on the cliff in the UK version is so eerie, and so right for the book. It would have also made me pick it up and see what it was about. And while I think the Australian version is really pretty, it wouldn’t have made me want to read the book.

Which cover do you like the best? Would one of them (or more) make you pick the book up and see if you liked the description?

(Curious to know what I thought about it? My review is here.)

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Cover Love: Book of a Thousand Days

Book of a Thousand Days

From left to right: US Hardback, US Paperback, UK Hardback, US Paperback

I’m partial to the US Hardback cover, as it was also the cover on the Kindle version I read. The UK versions are both really pretty, but it’s not that pretty of a book, so I wonder if those covers lead to readers feeling mislead as to the book.

Perhaps not, as there may be other cultural cues or expectations that I’m ignorant of regarding UK covers.

It’s hard to pick a true favorite – I like them all, and know it’s only my familiarity with the first one that draws me to it the most. It is nice when all the covers for a book are good, instead of feeling like I’m picking the best from a bunch of unappealing ones.

What’s most interesting to me is the subtle title change. In the US, the book is “Book of a Thousand Days,” while in the UK it’s “The Book of a Thousand Days.” Why does the UK version have the “the,” while the US version doesn’t?

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Cover Love: Belles on Their Toes

A look at some of the various covers the book Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey has had, and a link to my thoughts on the book:

Belles on Their Toes 1950 Hardcover
The 1950 hardcover version, and I love how it depicts one of the funniest scenes from the book.

Belles on Their Toes Collage

I like how these two relate to each other – the 1984 paperback on the left, and the 2003 paperback on the right. The way they took the image from the 1984 cover and make it look like a photograph that’s been tossed down on the 2003 cover makes me smile.

Belles on Their Toes 2013 Kindle
This is the cover for the version I read – the Kindle cover!

Belles on Their Toes 2001 French edition aka Six Filles a Marier

And this might be my favorite, not because of the cover image so much as the translated title! Unless I’ve forgotten all the French I ever learned, the was published as “Six Girls to Marry.” Which, while true, would make me think the book had a different focus than it really did.

Which cover is your favorite?

The “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

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Cover Love – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I was stunned to discover just how many different covers there are for Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Stunned! There are so many that I’m limiting this post just to English-language versions. Let’s just see some of the multitude:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Covers 1

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Covers 2

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Covers 3

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Covers 4

As far as picking a favorite? It’s so hard! I did narrow it down. To five choices:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Cover Favorites
Let’s see. #1 there is classic – the original cover from the first edition – and it’s got the lady snooping in the drawer and looking very suspicious. #2 I just like how it looks, but it doesn’t seem to relate to the story as well, so it shouldn’t be my favorite. #3 has the knife, and the letter, and the phone (or perhaps it’s not the phone, but either way it relates to the story). #4 is deceptively simple, with just the phone. I’m partial to it because that’s the cover on the Kindle version I read. #5 might be a bit gruesome, but I like the style so much.

I can’t decide which of these I like the most – as soon as I think it’s got to be this one or that, I end up second-guessing myself. Do you have a strong preference for one of them?

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Cover Love: Parnassus on Wheels

Last month I wrote about Christopher Morley’s novella Parnassus on Wheels, and shared about how much I enjoyed it.

I would definitely *not* have picked it up based on the cover – a very dull looking and unappealing thing – but then I came across a much prettier cover for the book. And that got me wondering what other covers this title had had over the years. The answer? A lot. Here’s just a sampling of what can happen when a book goes out of copyright and anyone can reprint it:
Parnassus on Wheels Covers 1

Parnassus on Wheels Covers 2

Parnassus on Wheels Covers 3

All those choices, and I’m not completely sure which is my favorite, although I did narrow it down to these three. And if you absolutely forced me to just pick one, it’d probably be the blue one on the far right.
Parnassus on Wheels Covers My Favorites

Which one is your favorite? And can anyone tell what is going on in the middle row’s far left cover? I can’t figure it out. Are they people?

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Judging Books by their Covers: Lunar Chronicles series

I love love love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles fantasy series. So much so that I was just about devastated to discover that the final book in the quartet has been pushed back so now it won’t be out until NOVEMBER 2015. Here I was thinking it was going to be early in 2015: nope. Not even close.

Until Winter finally releases, I’m going to admire the wonder that is this series, especially their covers. They’ve been fantastic so far, and what I love is that all the various options from around the world? They’re all good to great too – so much fun to have lots of options for great covers.

Let’s start with Cinder, the introduction to the series, from left to right is the US Version, Spanish, and German covers. I love the familiar US version, with the red shoe and the “bone” visible in the leg. I love the Spanish cover, when the “C” looks like a crescent moon, and the pretty dress, and the leg. I like the German version, how the repeating graphic is the shoe.

Cinder HardcoverCinder Spanish editionCinder German edition

From left to right, the Portuguese, Czech, and Russian covers: The Polish cover uses the same image as the Spanish one above.
Cinder Portuguese editionCinder Czech editionCinder Russian edition

Finally, the Thai and Taiwanese covers.
Cinder Thai editionCinder Taiwan edition

Moving on to Scarlet, the second book in the series –

The US, Spanish, and German covers. The Spanish version continues with that “C” that’s so clever, and the German one uses the wolf as the repeating element. So fun! And I love the little bit of red hair visible in the US version, under that great red cloak.
Scarlet HardcoverScarlet Spanish editionScarlet German edition

Next, the Portuguese, Czech, and Polish covers. These are all so pretty.

Scarlet Portugese editionScarlet Czech editionScarlet Polish edition

And the covers for Cress – the US, German, and Czech editions. I love the US version, but the Czech one is fantastic too, how it shows her hair and her location. I wondered what the German version would use for their repeating element, and should have guessed they’d pick the hair too.

Cress Hardcover editionCress German editionCress_obalka.indd

And one final cover, the Bulgarian edition of Cress. This one doesn’t seem that accurate, unless I’ve forgotten some scene where she gets flowers braided into her hair, but it sure is pretty. 🙂
Cover_CRESS.indd

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Judging Books by their Covers: Wings of Fire

Last week I reviewed Charles Todd’s second book in the Ian Rutledge series, Wings of FireWings of Fire (Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by Charles Todd. I was not impressed by the cover, and went searching to see if there had been better ones published for it.

Here’s the copy of the Kindle edition that I read:

Wings of Fire

Then there’s this American edition:

Wings of Fire American Edition

Or perhaps the audio version:

Wings of Fire Audio Edition

The British (and, I assume, the original) edition:

Wings of Fire British Edition

And two German editions. They’re both hardcovers, so I’m not sure why the difference – they’ve got different publishers, but my German is all but nonexistant to figure out which one is which.

Wings of Fire German Edition

Wings of Fire German Edition 2

Honestly? I’m not crazy about any of them – there are aspects of some of them that I like, but no one cover where I like all of it. I like the silhouettes of the soldiers on the British edition, and although I don’t like the lady at the top, it’s probably my favorite overall.

Which one do you like best?

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Judging Books by their Covers: The Thief

Judging Books by their Covers: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Click on the image to enlarge it. From left to right: Indonesian version, paperback version, revised paperback version, hardcover version, British version

In my post reviewing The Thief I mentioned how much I hated the cover for the version I own – the paperback cover that’s shown second from the left in the collage above. The reprints all look like the middle one, and that cover style carries over to the later books in the series.

From left to right, my thoughts on the various covers:

Cover #1 I like, but doesn’t really relate to the book content that well. Sure, Gen goes on a quest of sorts, but he never appears like that exactly, and the body language is all wrong.

Cover #2 I’ve said how much I hate it. It does kind of connect to the content at least. I think my copy looks even worse than the picture makes it seem – it’s really dark, and those strange … clouds? on the bottom right end up being totally head-scratching.

Cover #3 Seems like a very trendy sort of cover, but I still like it. The image relates to the story without giving much away. Also, I’m biased because I like the other series covers so much and they’re in this style.

Cover #4 Relates to the content, and has that creepy shadow looming over it, which I like for the subtle mood it imparts.

Cover #5 Relates really well – the best of all of the options I think. It just would never inspire me to read the book!

I’ll admit that I love cover #3, but 4 and 5 both have some positives. I like #1 but the disconnect from the actual story in the book bugs me.

Which one is your favorite?

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