Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much, where you pick a book based on the theme of the week and post the original cover, your country’s cover, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. Feel free to join in! Check out the group Book Traveling Thursday on Goodreads for the weekly topics…
This week’s topic is to choose a book that is your favorite contemporary read. Actually another book by Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl, is my absolute favorite contemporary book but the same cover was used for every edition. So this category had to go to my runner up…
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Over the course of the school year Eleanor, a red haired girl in the wrong clothes with few friends and no besties and Park, a music loving fringe rider whose tastes in culture are outside the norm fall in love. Being 16 years old they know that the likelihood of their first love being their last love is not likely… they try anyway.
The original cover was done in several other colors depending on whether it was hardback, paperback or kindle. For my country’s cover I think it’s really good, I quite liked the clean layout that Rainbow Rowell books tend to get. It gives the story a modern feel and you know right away what this book is about while not really having any details. The yellow is a little sick and my favorite is the blown up people on the collector’s edition rather than the smaller ones on the normal releases.
The worst covers were (from left to right) the Italian, Indonesian, Greek, and Danish covers. I think the real people were not the right direction for this cover… it actually makes the books feel dated. The other two are too general and the blue color is too heavy for the kind of escapist love affair this was for them. I didn’t think the Hungarian, Serbian, and Swedish covers (on the second row) were bad but they missed the mark of what the story was about. Still I think they reflected the cultures to which the books were directed and so they were successful on a certain level. I threw in the Ukrainian cover because it was so cute and different even though it really was a miss too. It was too happy and cartoonish when the story isn’t to be laughed at. For another contemporary romance it would work perfectly!
The best cover to me was the original cover but I also really loved the Dutch cover and the Vietnamese cover. They both captured the spirit of Eleanor and Park and what their story was about. The spirit of the Dutch cover mirrors the original cover really well and also tells you what the story is about. I just really love the colorful nature of the Vietnamese cover and the story is a romance… its not as spot on as the other two but I still love it, lol!