Friday, July 14, 2017

I Judge Books By Their Covers: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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

I haven't read the newish release "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" yet, but it sounds intriguing and I've got it on my to-read list. I had only seen the U.S. cover until the other day, and when I happened upon the U.K. version I knew it was time for a cover battle!

Here's a quick synopsis of the book in case you haven't heard of it:
"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart."

U.K and Canada hardcover // Canada paperback

U.S. hardback

Ok, so I haven't read the book yet and I have no idea which cover relates best to the book -- quite possibly not the cover I like best -- but this is a hands-down easy-peasy winner for me: I like the cover with the leopard (cheetah?) and the flamingo, duh! (As best I can tell, this cover is the Canadian paperback, but I'm not 100% sure on that.) It fits my cover-preference bill exactly: pretty colors, artsy rather than realistic, with an eye-catching pop.

The other two covers are fine -- I slightly prefer the U.K. over the U.S.; I like the simplicity of the white, the creativity of the matchsticks, and that awesome font. I'm a bit surprised that one takes second place since I usually gravitate toward illustrated covers over realistic ones. The U.S. cover is just a little less appealing with its kinda-boring writing and dehydrated-pee yellow and poo-brown color scheme (though I do like the blue and the fact that it looks like a painting).

So to sum up, it's the blue cover adorned with pretty writing and animals all the way for me! Which cover do you like best?


  1. I agree! I'm definitely more drawn to the blue cover with the animals. The one with the matchsticks is also intriguing, but definitely not one I'd want for my shelves.

  2. I think I like the one with the matchsticks the most. It's creative and eye-catching. I got a galley of this - with the US cover - and never got around to reading it even though it sounds like I might like it and I've heard good things about it. I like the color scheme of the US cover, but somehow it's not appealing to me as a book cover.

  3. I actually don't like any of these covers. If I had to pick, I'd go for the matchstick one, but none of them would catch my eye in a bookshop. Bummer! ;)

  4. The title and the US cover both bring to mind "Where'd You Go Bernadette".


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