Book Traveling Thursdays // A Beautiful Cover

3. Eye Candy CoverBook 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 is all about eye candy! I chose a book of my TBR pile that I want to read, in part, because of it’s abstract cover; that’s The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.

Original Cover


The original cover is hands down my favorite cover. This beautiful cover reminds me of a Rothko painting. It has a beautiful rhythm and color palette that draws me to the words, which made me want to pick up the book in the first place.

Favorite Covers:

There aren’t many cover variations for this book, but there are a few that I really like. I love the original one because the stripes and linear lines draw a lot of attention to the title, but the Dutch, U.K, and French editions also provide an interesting take on the cover.

Let’s start with the Dutch edition. The Dutch edition has three friends in silhouette and I think that for the premise of this book, it’s a good representation. I am not sure I would pick it up from a display but the photo is nice and welcoming and I love the candid nature of the scene.

The U.K. Edition is one I went back and forth about. I was unsure of the horizontal orientation of the text but I decided that I did really like it. I think that the title of this book is one that begs to have something just a little off about it and the U.K. edition accomplishes that without making me scratch my head.

The French edition brings with it the expectation of summer romance. This photo in quintessential to me of a romantic comedy scene where the character are lounging on a picnic blanket. I have yet to pick the book up but sine summer is a big theme I think this cover fits my expectations well.

Least Favorite Covers:

Let’s describe my least favorite covers with four words:”What Were They Thinking!” There quite a few I didn’t like that were variations of the original, with a color blocked square that disrupted the rhythm and flow of the nice multi-coloured color scheme of the original, but the worst are the Romanian, “English,” and Italian versions.

The Romanian version is at an awkward angle! What exactly is going on? While I think the underwater concept is nice could they have gone for something I think they could have gone for a better photo.

The middle photo here is marked as an English hardcover edition. I don’t know if this is a UK or a US edition, but the black cover and the short staccato lines don’t really do anything for me.

Last is the Italian cover, which brings back memories of the cover of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. While I love the spirit of the photo, what I can’t get behind is the yellow cast of the photo and the tree line.

And that does it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays. What book did you buy because of its beautiful cover?

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

9 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // A Beautiful Cover

  1. How good is this book BTW? I have it on my bookshelf for ever now. I have the UK edition with vertical text, which I quite like.


    1. It’s honestly on my summer reading list. I picked it up a few months ago in the middle of an influx of e-arcs that I am still working through. I will post a review once I get it read. I am hoping that I can finish my current read (I’m halfway through) and the book club selection (not a long book) and then give this a read.


      1. It’s going to be interesting. I am looking for a good literary read and after a few fluffy readings (my current audiobook is also fluffy but VERY entertaining) I am hoping this will have a bit more of an artist take on things.

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  2. This book is really good! It was left in the building I ran after an orientation session, and I’m so glad it was because it was one of my favorite reads last year!


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