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: August 18th – Because we don’t always read fiction… choose your favorite non-fiction book.
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:
I have a confession: I very, very, very rarely read non-fiction. This comes about for many different reasons: The real world sucks and I have to live in it on the day-to-day so why read about it; many non-fiction books are written drily and without a strong voice; there are simply too many fictional worlds I want to read about it. However, I received Champagne Baby as an ARC and fell in love with it. This probably has more to do with my love of wine and French culture, but it worked. Dugas has a very strong narrative voice, she is funny and sad and very relatable. Her story, a young woman coming to the USA to rep wine when she does not know much about the industry or the States, is compelling and fun. If all memoirs read like this, maybe I will try more in the future…
Original Cover & USA Cover:
Original Cover and USA (left): So due to my lack of non-fiction reading (a failing I must admit), I ended up choosing a book with only one cover.This cover is quite pretty! I love the two different representations displayed with Paris in the forefront, showing that Laure’s heart is in Paris, but the Empire State Building looming in the front to show her future. The grapes are, of course, self-explanatory. I love the color scheme-very French!- and the rendering. The only object in the cover I find weird is her profile in the front, but honestly it’s so tiny I didn’t even notice at first.
Favorite and Least Favorite:
Again, awkward. I do actually really like the cover on the book now! I guess I can understand why this hasn’t been translated yet- it’s a US and French-centric book. But I’d love for some cover diversity!!
Tell me about your favorite “Book Lovers” books!