Hello all, and welcome to Book Traveling Thursdays! This fun weekly challenge is based on Goodreads as a group posting, hosted by Catia and Danielle. What I love about this challenge is that it’s quick, it’s fun, and it gets you looking thinking about other country’s values when you compare their covers to your own, which is fun and thought-provoking. This week’s theme is: National Book Lovers Day was two days ago… choose a book you think every book lover should read.
1) Pick a book! At the beginning of every month a list of themes will be posted. All you have to do is choose a book that fits the theme.
2) In your blog post, the first thing you will want to include is an explanation of why your chosen book fits the theme.
2) Look at covers from multiple editions and multiple countries for the book you chose.
3) Finally, include pictures of the original cover, the cover from your country (if their are multiple covers from your country include all of them!), your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.
4) Be sure to tag your posts with booktravelingthursdays so we can all see each other’s posts!
My Book Choice:
This is a novel for people who love to read, plain and simple. Readers starts out with Sara, shy bookstore worker from Sweden, and Amy, older lady from Broken Wheel Iowa, deciding to finally meet after a long friendship of pen-pal letters all about reading and their favorite books. Upon arriving to USA, she quickly discovers that Amy has passed away and that the town has been long expecting her arrival. What is a girl to do but open a book store in not-so-literate middle America as an homage to the friend she never met? In here are references to books of all genres scattered about, and Sara’s personal philosophy that she can find a book for every kind of person also matches my own thoughts. I reviewed this book a while back and titled my review “A love story about reading,” and I can’t think of a more apt way to put it.
Original Cover & USA Cover:
Original Cover (left): This book was originally written in Swedish (obviously, since the writer is Swiss), and it was published in 2013. This cover is pretty funky and fun; I like how the little village is represented, and how Sara and Amy are both featured.
USA Cover (right): I personally love this cover; it is what drew me to this ARC in the first place. However, it is definitely less relevant, in my honest opinion, than the original Swiss cover. The US edition did not get published until almost three years later (September 2013 to January 2016) so maybe they updated it with the times.
Holy covers, batman! These are just the individual covers, not including the same covers in different languages.
Favorite and Least Favorite:
My favorites are the American (mine) and the French one. The French cover is so… French haha. Very elegant but still fun, a bit playful. The American cover I like because it is bright and cheerful, and I think it conveys the happiness in the book well. However, all of the covers are pretty!
My least favorites are the Dutch and the Lithuanian. I don’t even hate them, just don’t connect them to the main characters or the premise of the book, and I don’t think they bring across the message well. If I was living in those countries, I would probably not pick up this book based on the cover (let’s be honest, we all do it.)
Tell me about your favorite “Book Lovers” books!