Friday, October 21, 2016

I Judge Books By Their Covers: "The Last Days of Night"


I just started reading Graham Moore's "The Last Days of Night" yesterday so I can't tell you much about it yet, other than that it involves the rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse, electricity and the light bulb. The little I've read seems completely promising, and I'm expecting to love it! When I was on Goodreads yesterday marking it as my current read, I couldn't help but notice how completely different the U.K. cover is, and I couldn't resist a cover comparison!

U.S. hardcover // U.K. hardcover

Let me start by saying that there's nothing at all I dislike about the U.K. cover -- the color, the font, the illustration and the Gillian Flynn quote are all perfectly pleasing and if I saw this book sitting on a shelf at the store, I'd definitely pick it up to read the blurb.

But there's just something so inviting about the U.S. cover. With that warm glow, the 19th century flair and the gold embossing, this book is just asking to be read under a blanket with a warm beverage in hand. It sets the stage perfectly for a historical fiction novel centered around the creation of electric light.

Which cover do you like best?

My winner: U.S. hardcover


  1. I actually *really* like the one on the right. I would probably be more likely to pick the UK version up, but they are both very appealing!

  2. I don't love either of them, but I think I prefer the US one. Normally I seem to prefer UK covers, but...guy inside a lightbulb? And something about the design being small and centered on the cover with just the solid blue around it...I don't know, it just doesn't do much for me.

  3. What a difference an ocean makes. :) I just finished this book, US cover version. Fun read!
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