7 Awesome International Book Covers


When I go on holiday I love going into bookshops and finding different editions of books I’ve read. Sometimes I even buy them! (See the copy of Eleanor & Park I bought in Barcelona. It has SUCH LOVELY THICK PAGES aah.) And since I haven’t done much book design appreciation in a while, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite non-UK book covers!

I realise that obviously ‘international’ is going to be different for everyone since we all live in different places, but in this context I’m going for editions that aren’t available where I live. For a comparison, the non-UK one is on the left and the UK one is on the right. 🙂

fangirl alternate cover fangirl uk

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Indonesian edition) I do absolutely adore the UK edition of Fangirl — I mean, hello, Noelle Stevenson — but I thought this one was super adorable! I love the sort of craft/home-y feel it has. And the texture is LOVELY. It’s a lot less slick than the UK (and US) ones, despite their now iconic pink/green colour schemes.

my true love gave to me my true love gave to me uk

2. My True Love Gave to Me (US edition)
LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT ALL THE TINY PEOPLE. I am endlessly upset that we didn’t get this in the UK. I mean, at least the winter and summer ones do go well together, but… IT’S NOT THE SAME. I wanted all the tiny people and nice illustrations. *cries*

the hunger games chinese the hunger games

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Chinese edition)
MAN, the ink stains here. *shakes head* They are really killing me. Although The Hunger Games has gone through many redesigns, I thought this one was rather nice! But, er, I’ve been using Google Translate to tell me where each edition is from if the summary isn’t a language I recognise, and it has produced a truly stellar one here:

“When I woke up the other half of the bed was cold . I reached tackling sister Sakura warm body, but only a mattress covered with coarse single touch. She certainly has had a nightmare, climbed mom went to bed. of course she would have nightmares, today is the day of the draw.” Thus began the novel.

Don’t use Google Translate for your homework, peoples! 😛 Although it is interesting to see how Prim has been turned into Sakura. ANYWAYS. Back to the task at hand.

harry potter italian harry potter uk

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (Italian edition)
Many kudos to the colour scheme on this. The purple and the white glowing Patronus are seriously working for me. It actually sort of reminds me of the new Bllomsbury editions available? (Of course I didn’t buy the whole set, be quiet.)

harry potter persian

Bonus: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Persian edition) …yes, I know. This is completely insane. Where to look? The weird very non-Harry 8 year old, the badly edited figures at the bottom, the scenes fading in and out of each other. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO THINK.

catcher in the rye arabic catcher in the rye uk

5. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (Arabic edition)
I always feel like classics don’t get very good covers — often it tends to be super plain. Maybe that’s because everyone has a different idea of the story so they don’t want to spoil it? But anyway, that annoys me a lot. This one is absolutely lovely, though! Asdfjkl THE ILLUSTRATION. Holden’s face. That is impressive.

radio silence us radio silence alice oseman

6. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (US edition) I don’t mind the UK edition, but I don’t feel like it suits the book as well as the US one does. Faces tend to be a bit naff and the UK picture doesn’t suit Frances at all! SHE DOES NOT HAVE A NOSE PIERCING EVERYONE. It makes her seem way more supposedly ‘badass’ than she is. That’s not what this book is about. *huffs* I can’t complain too much, though, since the book hasn’t even come out in the US yet haha.

throne of glass spanish Throne of Glass

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Spanish edition) I’m a VERY big fan of minimalism and monochrome. I’ve never loved the Throne of Glass covers, to be honest, but I actually think this one is awesome! (The catchline font could be changed. But otherwise awesome.)

So that concludes my book covers! If you fancy checking some different editions out, then I find the Goodreads list of different editions extremely useful. And yes, sometimes I do browse Goodreads covers for fun. DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT. 😉 A reminder: this is a scheduled posts, and I am currently away with no wifi.  But I’m very keen to discuss the merits of various book covers when I return!

which of these covers is your favourite? did I miss any out? do you have any special editions of books?

23 thoughts on “7 Awesome International Book Covers

  1. That’s so funny because I love the UK cover for Fangirl. The hardcover edition has cute embellishments that the US cover doesn’t have like a bookmark and so on.

    I can read Arabic, but apparently the Persian edition is a little different. Interesting…

    1. I do love it too! Basicaly all of Rainbow Rowell’s covers are awesome ahaha. Ooh, I didn’t know that — maybe you’re talking about the pink special edition? Because we did get a pretty special edition with a bookmark. But otherwise I think the UK paperback is pretty similar to the US one.
      That’s interesting to hear! There are about a million different editions of Harry Potter though so it gets pretty crazy. 😛

  2. That Indonesian cover of Fangirl is SO CUTE. I want it. Have you seen the original (I think they’re the original ones?) covers of Harry Potter? Especially the first two are super weird and have nothing to do with the books themselves, but because they’re so weird I kind of love them? XD

    1. Glad someone else thought so! Ooh I don’t know, I’ve never actually been able to figure out which ones are the originals haha. The covers which I thought were original are the ones where, like, for the Philosopher’s Stone Harry is standing in front of the Hogwarts Express and the wind is blowing his terrible haircut. 😛

  3. Ohhh, these are all so lovely! The Fangirl one really is adorable, and My True Love Gave To Me is still one of my favorite cutesy covers. ❤ The Persian edition of Harry Potter though…is that a chinchilla in the corner? I don't know anymore.

    1. I am still strongly considering ordering that copy of My True Love Gave To Me. Because all the pretty stories and cover aah. ❤
      I…don't actually know? Basically all elements of that cover are pretty disturbing. Not sure what the tiger is doing either ahaha.

  4. I love the cover of My True Love Gave To Me, the one with the Christmas trees and people ice skating! I’ve actually looked for that one in bookstores over here but I couldn’t find it, it was a big hit last year and I really wanted to see what the hype was all about.

    1. *high fives* Yay, same! And the cover for the new summer anthology is beautiful too. I just read it on Kindle, mostly because I wanted to read the Rainbow Rowell story haha. But I actually enjoyed a good number of the others too!

  5. i spent way too long trying to find the chinese hunger games. the problem being that the cover here is traditional chinese and i use simplified and i can’t google it T____T chinese!

    ahhh yes INTERNATIONAL COVERS i went to a bookstore in taiwan and the cover for half bad was lovely… the jacket’s semi-see-through and it has like chains on it and then the inside cover has what’s-his-name-i’m-so-bad-at-names on it and a lot of green.
    that was long. and also didn’t make much sense T_T
    (also it’s translated as “marcus’s son” and “marcus’s son 2” so…)

    1. Ah sorry! I was looking at this one on Goodreads. (I basically just went through all the different editions on Goodreads to find these. It was super fun.)

      I am notorious for dragging my family into bookshops whilst on holiday. I visited one in Barcelona and took about a billion pictures of all the pretty books, much to everyone’s annoyance.

      THAT SOUNDS SO AESTHETICALLY PLEASING I think I may have seen a picture of it on Sally Green’s twitter? But semi-see-through covers literally give me life aah.

  6. Oh my dear GOODNESS, that Persian edition of Harry Potter is probably the biggest hot mess f a book cover that I have ever seen. It is glorious in its horrendous-ness XD

    All of the alternate editions that you picked are super nice! I am especially a fan of the Throne of Glass one, as well as the Harry Potter one. They are just really lovely. I like the minimalism f the ToG cover Spain. It’s just nicely understated, and the icicle looking thingies intrigue me, as well.

    I am quite interested to see which cover of Radio Silence I end up liking after I read it. I quite like the rainbow colours on the UK edition, but I’m also a fan of the quietness of the US ones. I will see, I suppose!

    1. Yep, it’s so bad that’s it’s actually…kind of good. In a very psychedelic way ahaha.

      Yay for the Throne of Glass copy! I’m not actually the biggest fan of the UK covers, to be honest — I’d definitely buy the Spanish edition. And minimalist covers are awesome. *nods*

      Ooh, I’d be interested to hear what you think of Radio Silence! (Both of the book and the cover.) I feel like both covers represent different sides of the book, hmm.

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