Book Traveling Thursdays // A Book That Inspires Your Wanderlust

10. WanderlustBook 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.

Happy Thursday! We’re almost to the weekend and this week on Book Traveling Thursdays, we are looking at books that inspire our wanderlust!

My pick this week is In the Bag by Kate Klise. This book is best described as You’ve Got Mail meets The Parent Trap in the 21st century. It is a story of globe-hoping, lost luggage, and found opportunities told through the perspective of two parents and their two teenage children.

I loved the relationships in this book. It is a great light read that was still inspiring and dealt with one of my worst nightmares: lost luggage. Of course, in this case, everything turns out for the best.

Actually, now that I think about it, it may be time to reread this book!

Now, onto the covers!

Original Cover


I honestly, love the original cover for this book, and I have to be honest, the way I discovered it was mostly from the cover.

I found this book in an airport shop shortly after it came out, in the O’Hare airport making a connection to Philadelphia. I saw this book and I immediately captivated by the cover. I read the back blurb and then I was doubly excited to find that I knew this author. Actually, I covered an event with this author!

So I was very excited to see that this book was out. It ended being the first thing I purchased to read that summer after I graduated college. It was probably the first new release I had read in four years! 

And now this story has just made me want to read the book again.

Favorite Covers

The original cover will forever be my favorite, but there are two international covers that I like. Both keep with the spirit of the book.

The first cover here says it’s in English, but I am not entirely sure which edition this is. This cover is beautiful and atmospheric. It seems warm and inviting, although I might shy away from it thinking it’s a historical fiction novel based on the way the girl is dressed. Perhaps without the hat? 

The second cover is the German edition. This I think is a little more free-spirited, light and airy. It also doesn’t hurt that it includes the yellow suitcase like the original cover. 

Least Favorite Covers

Let me put this right out there in the open. These covers aren’t horrible. They’re just my least favorites of the ten editions listed on GoodReads.  They are the Indonesian and Italian covers.

The first one is the Indonesian cover. While I like the concept of shoes standing on a suitcase I don’t see how the arrangement works with the story. At first glance I am likely to pick this up thinking it’s about two couples who go on vacation together until I read the back blurb. 

The second cover is the Italian version. Once again, I am just not sure it fits the character of the story. I always say that a great cover does help to draw people in. In an age where so much is visual, I find that I don’t gravitate towards covers with models on them unless the models aren’t facing the camera or they’re depicted doing something, or in silhouette.

This model is the epitome of what I think of when it comes to Italian fashion, but she’s not the center of the story. The story is about lost luggage leading to romance for four people. One person on the cover, doesn’t signify that for me.

That concludes  this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays! Have you read In the Bag by Kate Klise? Think you might want to? Comment below. 

And be sure to let me know which books inspire your wanderlust. 

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.

14 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // A Book That Inspires Your Wanderlust

  1. I agree, I think I like the original better, too! I’m definitely not attracted to covers with models on them, either. It sort of ruins my own interpretation of how the characters look.


  2. I love the ones you chose! But it’s weird, it says it is an English edition? Both covers have the title in German :S
    I also think the first one seems historical fiction, so the second one actually suits the story better, it feels contemporary.
    My BTTT.


      1. So strange. I wish Goodreads would list language and the publishing place separately, it would make things a lot easier for Book Traveling Thursdays 😛


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