Book Traveling Thursdays // Favorite Non-Fiction Book

9. Favorite Nonfiction Book.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 we are looking at our favorite non-fiction books, and one of my favorite books is On Writing by Stephen King.

As a writer, I find it a very honest and open narrative and I found the story about how he write Carrie really inspirational.

Original Cover

The book came out in 2000, and these are the two English covers I could find for it. The right is the Kindle Edition and the left is the hardcover edition. I prefer the hardcover edition. I can’t be sure why but the cellar door and the window with the light on seem welcoming.

The Kindle edition looks more sinister and while that fits Stephen King’s writing style, I don’t think that it fits the memoir itself.

Favorite Covers

There are many covers for this book but I think my favorites are the Romanian, German, and Dutch covers.

The Romanian cover with the typewriter is definitely a #writinggoals scene for me. What I wouldn’t give to be able to produce page after page of perfect stories like that!  I also love the golden typewriter.

The German cover  has just the right amount of creepy. It doesn’t exactly scream “writing memoir to me but it definitely a beautiful cover and I could see myself picking it up in a bookstore for sure. 

The last cover is the Dutch cover. I think the colors are what drew me to this one. I like the stylized portrait of the author on this book as well.

Least Favorite Covers

My least favorite covers are the French, Russian, and Thai editions this round. They are on here for different reasons, but to be honest, most of them are on here because they look a little too sinister.

So the French one is a really cool cover and I would like it for a mystery or a thriller but not for a memoir. That’s why this edition is on this list.

The Russian edition just confuses me. I like he idea of a hand, but to be honest what do they need the checkerboard background or the one finger to be a different color? 

I really like the Thai edition, but once again I feel like it would be better suited for a mystery or fiction book. I understand Stephen King writes horror, but the cover of his memoir doesn’t necessarily have to be the same way.

That’s it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays, what is your favorite non-fiction book? Share your pick in the comments below. 

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.

12 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // Favorite Non-Fiction Book

  1. When you see cellar doors like in the hardcover US edition in a movie you know that nothing good gonna happen 😉 I like how the my played with this creepy looking cellar door painted in cute pastel colours making it welcoming. But deep down I know that it cannot be. And King is not generally writing a cute and nice stories.


  2. I’ve been meaning to read this book forever. My mom is a HUGE Stephen King fan, so I feel like it’s only right that I read some of his work. My favorite cover is definitely the Romanian one… I just can’t resist a typewriter! 🙂


    1. But those are the stories that are interesting! You have to find the flaw! 🙂 And of course Stephen King does write stories where things are totally off. I mean Carrie, except for telekinesis, is a totally normal high school student. The underdog, but normal.

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  3. I love the Romanian cover partly because of writing goals. That Russian cover makes me think this is one of Stephen King’s horror novels.


    1. The Romanian cover is awesome for aspiring writing goals. I do like the Russian cover but not for a writing memoir. It is so hard to choose for this one because you can pick favorites based on many different scales and not just personal taste.

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  4. I really like the artwork on the one with the golden typewriter. It’s just very fun and looks great. I also think it’s funny so many covers tried to market it in a creepy or sinister fashion, like it’s not okay for King to have a different type of book. It’s a tad ridiculous.


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