Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Judge Books By Their Covers: "The Adventuress"

Hello, my name is Lindsay, and I judge books by their covers.
Confession: I always judge books by their covers. A book's appearance -- from the artwork to the font to the colors to the texture to the weight and cut of the pages (I like the ragged-edged ones) -- is very important to me. And there are certain kinds of covers I like and certain ones I'd never pick up unless I was already planning to read the book. It's fascinating to see how covers change between editions -- hardcover and paperback, or U.S. and international -- and it's so fun to see who prefers what!

U.S. cover // U.K. cover

Tasha Alexander is one of my favorite authors. I've been reading her Lady Emily historical mysteries for years and they're still going strong. Last month the latest installment in the series, "The Adventuress," came out. I haven't read it yet, but I recently discovered the series' vastly different U.K. covers and I thought it'd be fun to discuss!

The covers for most of the other books in the series (this is the 10th) are really super-duper different in the U.K. This U.S. cover is a bit of a stylistic departure from the usual artwork -- I like this one a lot better than most of the previous books' covers -- and I find it interesting that these two covers actually have quite a bit in common. They're both made up of blue tones with a pop of red/pink, Lady Emily is in profile overlooking a water scene to her right, the hat and the umbrella create similar silhouettes, and Emily is wearing a blue gown in both covers.

So which one do I like better? For the majority of the past novels' covers, it'd be hands-down U.K. I'm usually a fan of artistic covers over realistic ones. But something about the U.S. cover keeps grabbing my attention. Maybe it's that the tones are warmer, or the turquoise water, or the Eiffel Tower? In any case, while I really like the overall style of the U.K covers...

The winner: U.S. cover!

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree. I was first drawn to the UK one, but the US one kept catching my eye. Maybe it's the Eiffel Tower in the background that is capturing my attention.


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