Book Traveling Thursday // Summer Reading

1. Book You Want to Read This Summer.jpgBook Traveling Thursdays is a weekly feature created by Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much that highlights book covers from around the world

This week’s theme highlights the summer solstice and celebrates summer reading. A book I am looking forward to reading this summer is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel!

This was a book club pick, back in January, but by the time I discovered it I knew I had no chance to reading it time, so I bought it after the meeting and put it on the shelf. Now it is time to take it down.

Now let’s talk covers!

Original Cover


This is the original American cover. I really like the cover here because there is something so charming about this picture of the campground and the night sky. It’s a very picturesque and inviting cover.

Favorite Covers

Amongst my favorite covers are the German, Hungarian, and Greek editions.

The German edition has a really nice gradient sky effect that looks oddly soothing. I really like the font that they chose too.

The Hungarian cover seems like the odd ball here, but I love the vintage propaganda poster feel. The contrast between the light blue and the bright orange is perfect against the black text.

I love the Greek edition because of its simplicity. Its solid background with illustrations of survival tools looks really intriguing and I could see myself picking this up in a regular bookstore, if I spoke Greek.

Least Favorite Covers

My least favorite covers are the Spanish, Romanian, and Serbian covers.

The Spanish cover is interesting but I get a Game of Thrones vibe when I look at it. I haven’t read this book yet so I can’t be sure of what it’s about but I am pretty sure Game of Thrones and Station Eleven are two very different books.

The Romanian version is interesting but when I first looked at it, I thought it looked like an alien embryo or something, not a tent. Couple that with the strange green ring and I half expect an invasion story. Again, haven’t read the book, my perspective may change once I do.

Serbian is on here because the tent looks like a merry-go-round, or an alien ship disengaging. The world behind it looks otherworldly and that doesn’t seem fitting for a story about a plague hitting the earth.

What are the books you are most looking forward to reading this summer? 

Published by Lauren Busser

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15 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursday // Summer Reading

    1. Thank you! I have heard great things. The book club at my local bookstore read it back in January but when I thought about it joining, I couldn’t get it read in time. (Two days and I was knee deep into another book. Wasn’t happening.)

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  1. I’ve never heard of this book, but I just read the summary and it sounds really interesting. The Spanish cover is very Game of Thrones-esque! But the Hungarian cover is gorgeous. Hope you enjoy the book! 🙂


  2. As a major cover fanatic, I love this feature! Station Eleven’s cover is so beautiful – I haven’t read it, but the cover (combined with all the glowing reviews) makes me want to. Like you, I’m a fan of the Greek cover and its illustrations. (Illustrated covers almost always catch my eye.) But I’m not a fan of your three least favorite covers, mostly for the reasons you mentioned – the Spanish one looks very high fantasy-esque, and I don’t understand what that crown is doing there.


  3. Everyones book for this weeks topic has been so different as far as I’ve seen however all of them I’ve never even heard of haha.

    I honestly really like the original cover I don’t know why?
    My favourtire has to be the German though. It just looks gorgeous 😊 💙


    1. I know!!! Right? Everyone’s book is so different and I have never heard of any of them. Station Eleven is supposed to be awesome and I love the original cover, but I absolutely love the ones I picked for my favorites too.


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