Cover Wars: The Mountain Story

Part of the reason I like doing Cover Wars is because it may bring forgotten gems back to your attention. Like The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens (review). Great book of summer that you just might want to pick up. Oh, but so many covers to choose from!

Which one these scratched your itch?

Cover Wars: Circling the Sun

As you may recall from my review of Circling the Sun, I adored it! But honestly, I don’t know if these two covers do the book justice.

What do you think? Is there a clear winner here? I know I would be more tempted to pick up one of them, but that doesn’t mean I like it.

Cover Wars: Villa America

I have strong opinions on this one guys. STRONG.

One is everything that is great and the other is snooze-worthy. But this is a democracy – so your thoughts please!

Cover Wars: Hausfrau

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

I thought the cover I’d seen for Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (review) was pretty iconic. Bold and unique. Flowery, but in a really inviting way. But here is a sample of the covers that could have been courtesy of RandomHouse. Continue reading

Cover Wars: An Untamed State

You  had to know this was coming. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (review) has just been released in the UK, with a cover that is very different from the American one. I’m in no position to judge it objectively. The American cover has become burned on my brain. But what do you think?

Cover Wars: Geek Sublime

This week’s Cover Wars is an interesting case: One book, two titles, three subtitles. Oh yes, you heard me correctly.

Cover 1 is the first one I saw. Cute Cover. Ho-hum subtitle. It seems to be the cover most widely adopted by foreign language versions as well.

Cover 2 is from North America. Ho-hum cover, but awesome subtitle. The Beauty of Code and the Code of Beauty. 

And I didn’t even know of Cover 3’s existence until writing this post. It’s the Indian version.

So what say you? You’re preferences please.

Cover Wars: Instructions For A Heatwave

I think it’s safe to say I never would have read Instructions For a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell (review) if it weren’t for moving to Edinburgh. Previously I had never heard of her, but here she is immensely popular. And the UK cover to her book is just so much better. Or at least I think so. What do you think?

Cover Wars: No Country

As you know I recently read, and reviewed No Country by Kaylan Ray. One of the many things that struck me about the novel was the different covers chosen by American and British publishers. Let’s take a look, shall we?

I love the cover of the North American edition. The colors and mosaic pattern draw me in immediately. It is a book I want to pick up.

The Indian and British edition, however, suits the story a little better to me. It communicates that No Country is a historical tale. The birds also give it a seafaring feel. While I don’t like the cover as much, I think it does a much better job at representing the story.

What do you think? Have you read No Country? Which cover appeals to you? And have you seen any other covers for No Country?


Cover Wars: Golden Boy


When Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (review) came out I was floored by it. It is simply brilliant. It is now available in paperback in most markets, so it seems like a good time to revisit some of its many covers. Continue reading