Book Traveling Thursdays // First Book in a Series You Hope to Start Soon

Book Traveling Thursdays - First Book In a Series

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 week’s theme is “the first book in a series you hope to start soon.”

I chose Annihilation by Jeff VenderMeer. It’s the first novel in the Southern Reach trilogy, about the twelfth expedition into Area X. The group, composed of four women are tasked with mapping the terrain and recording all their observations of themselves and one another.

It sounds like a promising first book in this series that has a bit of a sci-fi take to it, and I feel like it might be right up my alley. So, I am hoping to actually move this to the top of my TBR list next month.

Now, onto the covers!



This is the original cover for Annihilation. I really love this cover. It actually introduced me to Charlotte Strick who makes some really beautiful book jackets including the cover for Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and Threats by Amelia Gray.  What I really love about this is how the plane is entangled with the title, particularly how the one “tentacle” wraps around the I and pokes into the H.  

I also just think that Charlotte Strick picked a really beautiful color palette, and it’s inviting, yet terrifying at the same time.

Favorite Covers

My favorite covers this time around are the German, Italian, and another English edition. Overall, these covers look really abstract, but are also very dynamic and I think I would be really attracted to them in a bookstore setting. 

I love the font on the German cover, and the dark and sultry colors. I am a sucker for typography, and this cover is really hitting all the right cords for me.

I really like the illustration on the Italian cover. The pen and ink drawing and the hidden face really intrigue me. And the monochromatic color scheme doesn’t hurt either.

My last favorite cover is the English edition published by Fourth Estate. I don’t know exactly what is going on in the illustration is depicting, but I love the color scheme and the diagonal line across the cover.

Least Favorite Covers

My least favorite covers seem to depict a mix of comic-book like illustrations, and things that are just a little creepy. For this book, my least favorite covers are the Spanish, Polish, and Romanian editions. 

I was on the fence about the Spanish version, but I am not entirely sure I can make out any shapes on the cover. It looks a little bit like a mushroom with a very leggy caterpillar from a mutated Alice in Wonderland.

Now, the Polish edition isn’t terrible, but this cover looks just a little too much like a comic book. The green grass seems to look a little too much like Poison Ivy from the Batman series. 

Where do I start with the Romanian edition? I am sorry, but…what is going on there? That woman just looks scary.

That does it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays. Don’t forget to check out my previous posts, and let me know which first book in a series is on the top of your TBR list 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.

7 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // First Book in a Series You Hope to Start Soon

  1. I really liked the idea of this post! I really want to read the Always and Forever, Lara Jean series very soon, but that’s the only series that pops into my mind. Awesome post!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.


    1. Hi Breeny! Thank you so much for your comment.

      I am so sorry it took me a day to get back to you, but I wanted to make sure I could give you some constructive feedback. Being a new new blogger can be hard and there is a lot to navigate. My biggest piece of advice is to join some challenges and some memes. My favorites are Book Traveling Thursdays and Friday 56. They both include places where you can link up and the community will view and comment. Especially Friday 56. It’s an easy breezy meme and usually those posts get quite a few comments. I am also unofficially participating in a New Release and Backlist Books challenge which have monthly link ups. Generally, the more links you can build the better.

      There’s also a whole other conversation I can have with you about SEO tips, but that can be a whole other comment. If you want you can email me at commahangover at gmail dot com and I can give you some more feedback.

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