Friday, December 29, 2017

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover #191

- You can't judge a book by its cover - which is very true.
 But you can like one cover version better than another....

US cover
Australian cover
Graeme Simsion has a new book coming to North America in May 2018. I loved the Rosie Project, but couldn't get into his last book, The Best of Adam Sharp. But I am curious to see what this new book brings. Interestingly, Two Steps Forward has a co-author - Simsion's wife,  Anne Buist. The US cover is on the left and the Australian cover is on the right. The book released in Oct. 2017 in Australia. I must admit, I'm not a fan of either cover this week. The book is set on the Camino Trail. Both covers illustrate this. The US cover has the two figures close together and the heart on the path gives us a good idea of the story within. The Australian cover has the figures far apart on the path and the larger figure seems to be looking for something or someone.  I find the US cover to be somewhat bland and the Australian cover to be too over the top. It reminds me of a hippie van in the sixties. But, if pressed to choose, I will go with the US cover. The UK cover is being finalized, so we'll have to see if it is more attractive. Any plans to read Two Steps Forward? Which cover do you prefer?
 You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World.


Icewineanne said...

You’re spot on about the hippie look to the Australian cover - yuck - LOL. Going by the covers alone, i would not be enticed to pick up either book but a story on the Camino Trail does sound interesting and i'm wondering since it’s co-authored by his wife, if this is a work of non-fiction.
Wishing you many excellent reads in 2018 Luanne!

bermudaonion said...

I thought the same thing about the Australian cover. I'm not a fan of either.

Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews said...

I'm also not a big fan of either cover... but pretty sure the Australian one from Text Publishing is seeking to emulate the stained glass murals found in the churches along the Camino Trail. The novel is definitely fiction, but inspired by the couple's shared experiences walking the trail.

As to the contents behind the cover, as an Aussie I've had the opportunity to read it. It is not my favourite title from Graeme Simsion but a well written and very pleasant read nonetheless -- gentle romance with gentle humour.

Luanne said...

Cheers Icewineann! There are some great title coming this year! Yes, I wonder if they've walked the trail?

Jo, thanks for the insight from someone who has read the book already! So, yes Icewineann, it is inspired by their actual walking of the trail.\

Kathy, I agree I wouldn't pick the book up on the cover alone - it would be the author's name that would have me taking a second look.