Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Foreign Edition Book Covers
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Guys, I’m excited about this Top Ten Tuesday!! You know why? Because I think we all love a good, pretty, perfect, attention-grabbing (in a good way) cover. I know I do. The little joy you get from seeing a cover that MAKES you want to grab a book and read it is one of my favorite book-nerd feelings. I think–by and large–we get lucky with lots of the US covers for books. But instead of highlighting my favorite covers that we’ve all seen before, I wanted to shout out some of my favorite foreign edition covers instead. In fact, I MIGHT say that I like these foreign editions better than our US-edition covers. Maybe. I’ll let you know. Let us proceed!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor (UK). I LOVE THIS COVER. I love the feathers and their dark, opalescent texture. SO PERFECT. No lie: I like this edition’s cover better than the US version and I’ve toyed seriously with buying myself a copy just because it’s so pretty! *SIGH*
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (UK). This cover for THE SCORPIO RACES is so lovely! It’s nice and bright, and I LOVE that heart! I like how the colors are vibrant but not…pretty, maybe? Like, the book is kind of serious and dark, and the colors give that vibe, too, without being as serious-looking as the US edition.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (UK). Guys, AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR is one of my favorite contemps, not only because the main character has a FAB name, but because it’s probably my favorite road trip book. Sweet, fun, and heartfelt. The US cover is cool, but this cover totally captures that retro, road trip, Route 66, tourist trap, eating junk food in my car thing. I love it. LOVE IT.
Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy #1) by Kristin Cashore (Denmark). So, this publisher printed GRACELING in two volumes, and I love their antique-looking illustrated covers. (Although I HOPE the guy on the second cover isn’t supposed to be Po because…NOT good-looking.) I look at these covers and I know instantly that I’m reading a fantasy. The US covers are AWESOME, but I like these, too. I’m a SUCKER for an illustrated cover.
Lament/Ballad (Books of Faerie #1-2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Bulgaria). I had to put both of these on here because I love how they take the original US versions and go all Spinal Tap on ’em (um, turn them up to 11). The colors and textures are vibrant; I love how real the fire looks on the BALLAD cover. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the depth of the shamrock heart on LAMENT. It looks so three-dimensional.
Emerald Green (Edelstein Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier (Germany). The original covers for this series–already published in full in its native Germany–are so whimsical and fun. I love the fonts and the historical-looking illustration. Gwen + Gideon 4 EVA! (Don’t get me started on the US cover on the soon-to-be-released SAPPHIRE BLUE, the second book in this series. ARGH!!)
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (Germany). So I haven’t read this series yet, but I think the cover is GORGEOUS. I love the white butterfly on the red flower. You guys who’ve read this will have to tell me if it at least makes sense. But SO PRETTY!
The Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan (Australia). YO!!! These covers are THE SHIZZZ!! Seriously. The Australian covers for The Moorehawke Trilogy make me wish that I could display the books on my shelves cover-out. Because CHECK IT: You put all three covers in a row, and what are separate, AWESOMELY illustrated covers turn into one huge mural-cover. I can’t even. Capillya @ That Cover Girl shows BIG LOVE for it, and the cover artist, Elise Hurst talks about them on her site, too. So crazy good.
Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephanie Meyer (Thailand). So I know that there’s a head that’s perpendicular to the cover’s orientation and sometimes people don’t like that (it does usually irk me just a teeny bit), and I’m not sure about the hand Bella’s holding and how it would get from Edward behind her around her neck at that angle without being awkward and uncomfortable. BUT when I was looking at TWILIGHT covers, this was one of only a few that didn’t simply reuse or slightly alter the two-white-arms-holding-a-red-apple image from the US edition. And I love the watercolor-looking image and the COLORS.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Portugal). I think this cover is kind of retro with the gradient color blocks and I’m a BIG FAN of the fact that they took that girl’s face away. But what I think is super awesome about this BEFORE I FALL cover is the dandelion. I can’t remember if that’s a thing from the book, so if it is, PROPS. If not, it’s still a fantastic metaphor.
*I WANTED to pick my favorite foreign-edition Harry Potter cover for this list but two things happened: One, I couldn’t decide which was my fave. Seven books + untold foreign editions = bazillions of covers to choose from. And two, in truth, I’m pretty partial to the US covers of the Harry Potter series. I LOVE covers that have illustrations on them, and I think the US covers in all their pastel glory are pretty boss.