Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I Judge Books By Their Covers: "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet"

Hi, my name is Lindsay, and I judge books by their covers.

This sci-fi novel was on my list last week of books with gorgeous covers I've recently added to my to-read list, and it seemed like a great time to talk about it in a bit more detail.

U.S. // U.K.

"The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" is on my must-read-in-2016 list, but I have to admit that, while I had seen the book floating around, I never gave it a second thought until I saw the beautiful U.K. cover, upon which I instantly thought, "Oh my gosh, I have to look that book up and see what it's about right this minute," only then realizing that it was the very same book I had seen before. And here we have a great example of the problem with judging books by their covers (which I totally do and will probably never stop doing): by all accounts, this is a fantastic book, but I never would've picked it up based on the U.S. cover unless I had happened upon some very persuasive reviews.

It's funny: usually when I do these cover battles there are elements that carry over between all the various cover versions, but in this case there's really not a single thing that's the same. And that's what it boils down to for me: everything about the U.K. cover appeals to me, while pretty much nothing about the U.S. cover does.

Do you feel as strongly as I do about this one? Or maybe you've got the opposite stance and you prefer the U.S. cover? I'd love to know!


  1. I'm with you, UK cover all the way! There's just something about the font on the US cover - not a fan!

  2. The US cover is so bad!!!! I LOVE the UK cover so much. You are right there is no carry over. I bought this after hearing great things . . . and seeing the prettier cover :)

  3. The US cover looks like pulp scifi from the 1960s.

  4. I own the UK version and for some reason, the US one always reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  5. They are both okay but I like the US one because it just seems to scream cheesy sci-fi movie (though it's a book...lol. I am sure it's not cheesy either) :)

  6. I'm 100% with you, the UK cover looks way better! I would never pick up the US cover at the bookstore.


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