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.
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.