Sunday, February 8, 2009

Weekly Geeks - February 8, 2009

Judge a Book By Its Cover!

This week it's all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book--any book, really--and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)...Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best 'captures' what the book is about?

The book I selected is MATRIMONY by Joshua Henkin. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that this book and author hold a special place in my heart because Mr. Henkin joined my book club last year to discuss his novel. At our meeting last May, the book was only out in the hardcover version. My entire book club loved the cover and thought it captured the essence of the novel perfectly.

This is the cover on the hardcover version. I love that the cover shows a "shared" bathroom because I think it demonstrates that an integral part of marriage is sharing things that are personal. I also like how the toothbrushes are hanging next to each other, yet they are facing away from each other. I think this symbolizes the times in every marriage where the couple is not as close as they could be.

Since I thought this cover was so perfect for this novel, I asked Mr. Henkin if the trade paperback version would have the same cover. I was a little surprised when he told us that it would be completely different covere. After our meeting, he actually e-mailed me a sneak preview. I was so excited to get this advance viewing!

This is the trade paperback version of MATRIMONY. While I still like it, it doesn't feel as right as the first one. (Although I have to admit that I would like to have those blue shoes!) I can see how this cover might attract more people to pick up the novel though. The colors are brighter and the cover is very appealing. I'm just not so sure that it fits the story quite as well.

What do you think? If you've read MATRIMONY or even if you haven't, which cover do you like better?

12 comments:

Rikki said...

I didn't read the book but I like both covers. The second one reminds me somewhat of the cover for "The Time Traveler's wife", though, so I'd go for number one as well. I'll have to look the book up and see what exactly it is about.

Jo said...

I like the first one. Shouldn'tjudge a book by its cover but I'd buy this book based on that cover.

bermudaonion said...

I like both covers, but think I'm a little partial to the trade paperback since that's the one I won from your site!

Dorte H said...

Both good, but I also prefer the first one.

bkclubcare said...

I like the first one.

claire said...

I haven't read the book either but I also prefer the first one. I would love to have those blue shoes, too, though! :)

Erika Lynn said...

i like the cover with the shoes. it just seems to match the title.

crazycommamomma said...

I definitely prefer the first one!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...
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Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Whoops - sorry!

I like the first one better. For some reason, the blue shoes make me think of a child rather than a woman. I can't tell, are those high heels?

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

I loved this book, and I really loved the hardcover's cover design. I like the subtlety and implied intimacy of the details of daily life. I found the paperback design a lot less appealing, and I think it kind of bangs you over the head with the idea.

gautami tripathy said...

I have the hardcover one!

Covered!