Book Traveling Thursdays // A Book You Want to Read This Summer

Book 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 weeks theme is summer reading!

One book I have had on my list forever that I’ve been really wanting to read, that I’ve just picked up is The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.

I will confess I don’t plan on reading this book so much as listening to it on long drives, but it still seems like the perfect summer book with a bit of romance and a hint of suspense.

Now onto the covers!



Because Liane Moriarty is an Australian author, I’ve included the Australian version on the left from 2011, and the American version on the right.

I think I prefer the American version because the Australian reads a little like a supermarket romance novel to me, which is fine, but I like the more ethereal dandelion on the American cover.



My first favorite another English version, I really like the way the blue complements the orange shell. The image of the shell being shattered mirrors the Big Little Lies cover as well, which I also kinda like.

The Hungarian version makes me think of summer and the beach and just a really light read. I think the home on the cover is very inviting plus it has a very similar color scheme to the English version in this lineup.

My third favorite is the Czech version! The Czech version to me has an ethereal quality to it and I am drawn into the iridescence of the bubbles. 



This week my least favorite covers are the Slovak, Danish, and Croatian covers, mostly because they all seem to give me the wrong impression of the book.

Ellen is a hypnotherapist, not a psychic, and the Slovak edition seems to confuse the two with the crystal ball and the pendulum. While I would pick it up, I would feel like I was mislead after reading a few pages and entering a scene that doesn’t depict a crystal ball, and looks more like a therapist’s office.

The Danish version is on here for a similar reason. The hand with the strings on it would probably make me pick this book up, but I can’t get the association with puppeteering out of my head. 

Last, but not least, is the Croatian version, which just brings to mind an Alice in Wonderland scene where she looks through the doorknob. The checkered floor doesn’t help much either. Again, this is probably a cover design I would pick up, but not for this book.

That does it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays. What are you planning to read this summer? Have you read The Hypnotist’s Love Story or any of Liane Moriarty’s other books? Let me know 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.

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