Cover Wars: Astonish Me

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead (review) was one of the most anticipated books of the spring. American and British publishers handled the cover design in very different ways. Stuart Bache, the designer of the British cover, explains how he came up with the cover for the UK.


So, which do you prefer? The North American cover that brings to mind the ribbons fastened up a ballet dancer’s leg? Or the more fractured and stark look of the UK cover?

Cover Wars – Crazy Rich Asians


I’m really excited about this week’s Cover Wars. First, I loved Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (review)¬†and it will soon be available in paperback in North America; and second, there are lots of versions of this cover floating around out there. So without further ado, the covers! Continue reading

Cover Wars – The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

If you’ve been following me at all over the last little while, then you know that I loved The Marrying of Chani Kaufman. I was in a bit of a reading slump and this is the book that got me out of it.

Cover Wars The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

I also have a very strong opinion about which cover I prefer. It seems that the North American covers have gone for very much the same look – black and white, traditional wedding photos. While the UK cover is brightly colored and alludes to Judaism through the menorah-like tree.

So which do you prefer? The heavily veiled bride on the American cover on the left? The colorful British interpretation in the middle? Or the black and white on the Canadian cover on the right? (My apologies for the blurred Canadian cover image.)

Cover Wars – Listen to the Squawking Chicken

In Canada Elaine Lui, aka Lainey Gossip, is big news. So when she recently came out with a memoir of her mother, Listen to the Squawking Chicken (my review), it was big news too. Lui is not a complete unknown south of the border either and her book was released in the United States this week.


The two covers are very different. Canada went with a more spring time look in white. And the chick is rather cute too. The American version has gone for basic black. And to me it is at least a little surprising that neither went with an overtly chick-lit feel (yes, that is a pun).

So, what do you think? Who wore it better?

Cover Wars – Frog Music

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue seems to be all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic. I haven’t read it yet, but as always I do have an opinion on the cover art. The United States has come up with something very different than the UK, but which do you like better?


If you are interested in hearing more about Frog Music, here are some reviews of it at:

Gilmore Guide to Books

The Relentless Reader

River City Reading

Words For Worms



Cover Wars: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

cw-the-lowlandThis week’s book was recently voted out of The Tournament of Books. I’m not saying that is because of the cover, but we can speculate. As you may recall from my review of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, I was not a huge fan of the book. I found it slow and plodding. Do you think that had something to do with the North American cover? Continue reading

Cover Wars: The Changeable Spots of Leopards


The Changeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma was one of the most unique novels I read in 2013, but for some reason it didn’t seem to attract the kind of attention I thought it deserved. Jennifer at The Relentless Reader mentioned the same thing yesterday. Continue reading