I think 50% of bookworm culture is staring at and drooling over dazzling book covers. The packaging of a book has gotten so much better in recent years. The industry is also warming up to the representation of POC, different body types and other marginalised groups front and centre. Personally, I’m always a sucker for beautiful books. I go out of my way to get a pretty edition if one is available, even if that means shelling out a few books. Today I wanted to compare US and UK covers of books – something I’ve seen a lot on BookTube and thought it’ll be fun to bring to the blog.
1. Circe by Madeline Miller
The UK cover is quite simply stunning and gives the whole Greek mythological retelling effectively too.
2. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
It’s a spooky, witchy tale and the deep blue colour along with the tree branches and moon conveys the message better than the UK cover.
3. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
This is a close one but I just like the blue colour and the huge font of the title in the UK cover better.
4. Aru Shah and the End of the Time by Roshani Chokshi
The UK cover doesn’t really give the Hindu mythological retelling image quite as well as its US counterpart. Also, the background colour in the US one is much more impressive.
5. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
I love both a lot, but when it comes to what draws my eye, I’d pick that shade of blue any day.
6. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
I’m a sucker for anything space-related so even though the relevance of the US cover isn’t as strong as the UK one, the winner for me is the former.
7. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
I love the naked US hardcover, which I own, but the UK cover with its gorgeous feather design is just more eye-catching.
8. Mirage by Somaiya Daud
There is no difference other than the background colour and purple is my favourite, so this was easy.
9. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Again, very similar covers but the aesthetic of the UK cover is more pleasing and cohesive to me.
10. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This is a tough one as I own the UK edition but I think the US one is just as good. If I had to choose one, I’ll go with US just because I think it tells you a little bit more about the story.
Do you have a preference when it comes to US and UK covers? Do you get access to both formats where you live? Do you buy books based on covers? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.