Thursday, 25 October 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday and a different question is posted every week. 

The flip side of last week’s …
Are there any good books that you read IN SPITE OF the cover and ended up wondering what on earth the artist and publisher were thinking to pair up a cover that so badly represented a perfectly good book?
And … if you didn’t like the cover, what made you pick up the book? The author? Assigned reading from school? A recommendation from a friend?

When I read this question I thought 'Yes!!! Tons!!!', and then struggled to find them lol. 
But a book that I recently read did spring to mind.
When it first came out last year I was reluctant to pick it up because the UK cover is so drastically different to the US one.
UK Cover

US Cover

I much preferred the more striking and vibrant US one.  But one day in the supermarket chart I saw it there, reasonably priced, and picked it up.
And it sat on my shelf for a year.  
I picked it up the other day, started reading, and was hooked.
I was kicking myself for not reading it earlier.
And I'm sure if I had the US cover I would have.  But the UK cover just didn't make me want to pick it up, which is a shame because the book itself is phenomenal and has become one of my favourites.


  1. I never understood why the covers have to be so different in each country. I like the purple of the UK cover but it doesn't catch my eye as much as the US version.

    1. I don't get it either. So many of the UK covers aren't as good in comparison.

  2. I haven't read this book, never heard of it, nor the author. I'd be tempted to pick it up for a closer look with the UK cover, but not with the US one!

    1. I don't hate the UK cover, but I find the US more striking, I'm instantly more drawn to it. I loved the story though.

  3. It took me awhile, too, Erin....I think I ultimately turn away from the covers that don't grab me....because I only found two books with covers that I didn't like. And they really weren't that bad.

    I don't like the first Daughter of Smoke and Bone cover....


  4. The US cover looks more intriguing.

  5. Yeah, they did tone it down in the UK. Strange.

  6. The US cover is more eye-catching.