Still riding the struggle bus, but naturally I queued up one of my favorite weekly blog posts, Book Traveling Thursday. Each topic for the weekly meme is created by the ever-lovely Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.
This week’s topic is: Choose a book that surprised you.
Original + US Cover(s)
The first one is the original French cover, and the others are the First and Second English editions, respectively. The Elegance of the Hedgehog surprised me a lot when I read it in French class, and exceeded all of the expectations I had for it. It’s also got 122 different editions, so it was really hard to pick my favorites! I have to say that the 2nd English edition is definitely my favorite out of all of them, but I left it with this group so that I could showcase the other amazing covers I loved.
The Finnish, Chinese, and German covers all captivated me in their own unique way, and the variety of the art styles still manages to speak volumes about the novel without distracting from the main themes of the book in any way. I liked the Finnish cover the best because of the calming and complimentary colors, the Chinese cover for having an actual hedgehog on the red chair as well as the books stacked next to it, and the German one for the minimalist, shadow-art reminiscent style.
Least Favorite Cover(s):
I don’t know what I’m looking at with the Lithuanian cover, but I know I don’t like it. It’s just uncomfortable to look at. The Romanian and Slovenian covers aren’t as unsightly to the eye, and yet…it’s not much better. If someone told me both countries’ publishers asked their children to design the covers, I’d be impressed. I have an unfortunate feeling that this is not the case.
The Turkish, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian covers (respectively) have truly stellar artwork and a riveting graphic art style that would’ve guaranteed an immediate spot on my bookshelf. I couldn’t not include these on my list!
What do you think about these covers? Link your own BTT in the comments below!