Yesterday I came home, or should I say I came back to my homes as the move still hasn’t finished, and was greeted by a parcel from America. I was lucky enough to recently win a copy of ‘Olive Kitteridge’ by Elizabeth Strout from the delightful C.B. James.
I have been hankering after this book for ages especially after it won this years Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (I have loved the Pulitzer winners I have read more than the Man Booker winners I have read as this goes to print) so its is a most welcome book to the TBR pile though I don’t think it will be on there for very long as I am itching to read it already.
The cover is what has lead to today’s blog main topic however. I think its beautiful very understated and classic, and I love the gold stamps that they put on certain books in America. I mean if you compare the American cover to the British cover the winner is clear.
I then noticed, with everything so easy to find on my new shelving system, I have been unintentionally swapping some of my TBR books from British cover to American cover like I have just done with a wonderul copy of both Nancy Mitford’s books in one volume ‘The Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Love In A Cold Climate’ my new cover (bought for 50p second hand but a new American copy) is so much nice than my old ones.
Then I noticed that I had done this with another two books that I own, one which I have already read ‘Empire Falls’ by Richard Russo…
And the other which I haven’t read yet but am planning on reading very soon ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ by Peter Carey…
None of these purchases have intentionally been a swap from a British to American cover though they have all been an intentional (but only when they are 50p to £1.50 max) swap for a nicer cover but then come on some of you must do that surely? They also feel nicer, the covers and the pages themselves, which I only noticed last night. has anyone else found this to be the case or is it just me?
Also is it wrong that I have been eyeing up a copy of ‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood which I have already read but have seen the American version of. It has the same cover, only with the added gold stamp, but its softer and somehow much thinner which is great for the bookshelves… Or is that just greedy?