Today I’m comparing US covers to UK covers. I don’t always like UK covers more than US covers, but when I do, man it’s painful. Because I either a) don’t have access to it, or b) have to pay forever more money to get my hands on it. Sad day.
A few quick notes: I haven’t read all of these, so the cover that I prefer might not actually be the one that fits the story the best. It’s all about personal preference, so don’t get offended if we disagree (but be sure to calmly tell me about it in the comments)! Also this topic is kinda hard to research so please tell me if I got anything wrong.
Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week’s theme: cover theme freebie
My theme: Top Ten UK book covers that I love more than the US edition.
(US edition on left, UK edition on right)
The Night Circus // Erin Morgenstern
I don’t hate the US cover of this, but I would much rather have the UK version. I like the focus on the characters rather than the hand, which I think is oddly drawn. I do like the title and embellishments better on the US edition, though. BUT I think the UK hardcover comes with black trimmed pages, which I want.
Caraval // Stephanie Garber
I haven’t actually read this book, but I hear it’s like a YA version of The Night Circus so…fitting. Both of these are beautiful covers, but I love the dark brown + gold color scheme of the UK edition.
Throne of Glass // Sarah J. Maas
I mean, what a difference the background makes, am I right? I would never, ever buy the US editions (although they are better than this monstrosity). I would probably never pick them up in the store. But I love the white background in the UK editions. I love it so much. But it will never be mine. 😥
The Final Empire (Mistborn series) // Brandon Sanderson
I’ve never read this series, but I mean…just look at that difference! Who ever thought those US covers were okay? And who designed the UK covers because they should design literally everything all the time. They are so gorgeous that I don’t even know or care what this series is about. I just want them all.
Uprooted // Naomi Novik
I also haven’t read this, but I’ve seen the US cover in my library and shudder every time. What is going on here? I mean, both of them are a bit busy, but I love the colors and uniqueness of the UK cover.
Bone Gap // Laura Ruby
(I haven’t read this yet either but I checked it out from the library.) Normally I’d be all for the US cover on this one because I’m a fan of minimalism. The UK cover would normally throw me way off. But I’ve actually always hated the US cover for some reason? I’m not sure why. It’s never looked like a book I’ve wanted to read. But when I saw the UK version recently, it was like love at first sight. It renewed my interest by a thousand.
The Book Thief // Markus Zusak
I’m not saying the US cover is bad, but there’s something about the simplicity and incongruity of Liesel dancing with Death. I think this cover captures the actual story much better.
Attachments // Rainbow Rowell
Again, I don’t dislike the US edition, but the UK edition is just better. I like the colors much more, and I feel like it actually looks like an adult book, whereas the US edition looks very YA. (The UK edition also reminds me of Paperman.)
Extraordinary Means // Robyn Schneider
The US cover isn’t bad, but it isn’t…extraordinary? The tree/lungs of the UK cover really makes it stand out. If they could only swap the font with something more like the US cover, it would be perfect.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here // Patrick Ness
I haven’t read this yet, but bought it on Kindle and was surprised to find that the cover was not the same cover I was used to. I’m assuming the US cover has more to do with the actual characters and story, but the UK cover is so aesthetically pleasing. I love the font. I love the graphic. I love the blue beam of light behind the title.
Do you usually like US or UK covers?
What are some UK covers that you totally, completely love?
Do you live in the UK and want to ship me any of these?
(joking, joking. mostly.)