Book Traveling Thursdays // A Warm, Cozy Read

13-cozy-fall-readBook 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, the theme is our favorite cozy reads for the start of fall.

I chose The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book is warm and cozy, and a little bit spooky, perfect for a crisp fall evening by the fire.

Original Cover


This was a book I read in college, for fun, on the recommendation of a friend. I can’t remember who recommended it, but I do remember feeling warm and cozy while I was reading it.

Setterfield creates an atmosphere that is cozy, mystifying, and really rich. It’s a great read for a weekend curled up by the fire.

Favorite Covers

I love the original cover but there are a couple others that I love just as much. These editions all have a slightly different feel but still maintain the mystique that I feel the book exudes through its plot and prose. This week I am really loving the Italian, Indonesian, and English editions.

I love the purple in the Italian edition and I could easily see myself picking up this book from a display. The gorgeous two-color design is both simple and elaborate. It reminds me a bit of the cover of John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things.

The black and white Indonesian cover looks really rich. It is similar to the Italian cover but I love that the text hands out and the branches create a circle around them that really direct my attention. It’s again, another book that I would be drawn to if I was in a store.

The English edition from Orion Books similar to the original cover and that is why I love it. I love the antiquarian spines and the red backdrop. The damask pattern on the backdrop is a nice subtle detail.

Least Favorite Covers

This book was a bestseller and it has 129 editions on Goodreads. Of course there are a few that I hate, and this week, my least favorite covers are the Spanish, Swedish, Latvian, and Portuguese editions. The qualities that landing them on this list, are different but mostly, they don’t seem inviting.

The Spanish cover is guilty of being too dark. I don’t find this cover inviting at all. It looks like the book is just floating in space and I have no idea what is supposed to be on the background.

If this book was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, I would like the Swedish edition a lot more. The yellowed and antique look of this doesn’t intrigue me either. The photograph should have been better composed as well.

While I like the concept of the Latvian edition, I think that the overall design is poor. I think that if the woman was sitting at the desk I would be more drawn to it. Plus, the lighting is different, which signals a horrible photoshop job to me.

The Portuguese edition looks a little too dated to me. When I look at it, I feel like it’s the cover of a lifetime movie. 

That’s a wrap for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays! Have you read The Thirteenth Tale? Do you have a favorite read for a cozy fall day?

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.

15 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // A Warm, Cozy Read

      1. Yes! I think I actually have to add that to my tbr now. If it isn’t on my tbr already… I’m definitely familiar with the book. I recognize the original cover. There really are too many books on my tbr 😀


      2. I know the feeling. My TBR pile has grown thanks to many trips to local indie bookstores. (Seriously, McNally Jackson will make you realize how many anglosaxon guys you read and exactly how much other literature is out there.) This book did come to me on recommendation from someone. I can’t remember who, but it was likely an online friend in high school. I remember reading it and really really loving it! It’s got a bit of Shirley Jackson vibe to it.

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      3. My TBR pile has exploded thanks to blogging 😀 I just keep discovering so many many interesting books that were not on my radar before – argh! I also never paid a lot of attention to upcoming releases, but now with the blog and other people’s blogs and Netgalley I also stumble upon so many books I want to read that aren’t even out yet! 😀


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