Book Traveling Thursdays // A Victim of a Too Big TBR Pile

Book Traveling Thursdays - A Victim of Your Huge TBR Pile

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 a book that you still want to read this year that has fallen victim to your too-big to-be-read pile.

For this prompt I chose Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I had the best intentions when I went on vacation last October to finally read this. The problem was there was lots of wind and the paperback pages kept flying around so I opted for my e-reader and digital galleys instead.

But, I still want to read this book, so…onto the covers!



These are the two covers that came out in the United States. On the left is the hardcover edition, and on the right the paperback version, which is the version that I have.

I actually like both of these covers in their own way. The hardcover version is mysterious and makes me think of notes being passed in class. The lettering on the paperback version is my favorite element of the design, and the swimmer is kinda ethereal looking.



Somehow, I managed to pick versions that have a water theme for my favorites. What does that say about me? For this book, I absolutely love the Serbian, and Greek (I believe, GoodReads didn’t have a language tag), Portuguese, and Dutch editions. They all represent what I know of the book pretty well.

The Serbian cover reminds me of the US paperback edition with the water and someone’s feet. It just has more of a green tone, which I don’t mind. I think I still prefer the dark blue water with the white text though.

My favorite of this batch, the Greek edition. I really like the close crop here. It obscures the model’s face and leaves us wondering who Lydia is. (Also really, if that isn’t Greek, please tell me. Look, there is literally no language assigned to this edition.)

A close second is the Portuguese edition. Which is also very similar to the US edition, but what I like about this one, is the model under the water with her hands over her face. I get a sense of fear from it, and tension that I don’t necessarily get with the others.

I also really liked the Dutch cover! I love the image of the diver plunging into the water and I really love the way the text is arranged. The black and white really make it stand out to me, and the vertical lines are very pleasing.


I always hate picking my least favorite covers, becuase I feel like overall these designs are good, I just don’t think they fit this book. My least favorite covers for Everything I Never Told You are the Ukaranian, Bulgarian, Italian, and Turkish editions.

The Ukrainian edition depicts the family, and the ghostly shape of Lydia in the center feels appropriate. The thing that tips the scale for me is the frame and the color palette. When I give this book a second glance, it reminds me a bit of the covers for the Sophia Kinsella Shopaholic series. So, in short, great concept, but bad execution.

The Bulgarian cover doesn’t gel for me. It looks like its two very different designs someone thought to mash together. The way the text runs off from the notebook paper to the the blue half also isn’t flattering and makes it difficult to read.

The Italian edition reminds me of the Greek edition I mentioned above, but there is one fatal flaw. After reading the first chapter of the book, you learn that Lydia has light hair. So it becomes clear to me that whoever designed this cover must not have read the book.

The last one on this list is the Turkish edition, which isn’t bad, it just reminds me of Sara Dessen’s covers and feels a little too YA for a book like this. If this had been the cover of a contemporary romance I would definitely pick it up.

That’s it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays. Let me know if you agree with my picks 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.

4 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // A Victim of a Too Big TBR Pile

  1. *cringes* WHAT is that Bulgarian cover. You’re totally right; it looks like two different things were mashed together at the last second! I actually adooore the original paperback cover – it’s so striking! The Portuguese and Dutch editions are super beautiful too. I haven’t read the book, but I hope to very soon! 💖

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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  2. I love the Portuguese and Dutch editions! It was so hard for me to pick favorites because so many of these were just a little off point. I love the paperback edition! I think that is really engaging and mysterious, and really evokes what I’ve read of the book so far.


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