Book covers: UK versus USA

We shouldn’t really judge a book by its cover because the storytelling is so much more than what is shown. But we are all guilty of doing this from time to time. A lot of publishers also have different covers for UK and US editions. I have listed seven books and have picked which cover I prefer.

(The covers on the left are the UK editions and on the right are the American ones.)

Go See a Watchman by Harper Lee


I much prefer the blue background to the orange. The simplicity of the US one is far nicer than the UK one. I don’t like the fact they have the words “To Kill a Mockingbird” so big on the front either. It looks a bit messy. The US one is really pretty and I like how the leaves match the colour of the font.

Winner: USA

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My thoughts: 

The UK cover is beautiful. The illustrations represent the book really well and stand out against the various shades of brown. It is really eye catching and I love the fact that they have included aspects of the story, including the “flying vehicle”. The US cover is a bit dull and doesn’t do the story justice at all so this one was quite an easy decision to make.

Winner: UK

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

My thoughts: 

I really like the dark blue UK one much more than the American cover. It’s a nicer colour and looks very clean. The foiling is also really pretty. However, have you seen the UK paperback? That is probably the worst out of all of these. The US hardback is nice but I don’t really like the yellow and the blue together.

Winner: UK

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My thoughts: 

I don’t usually like books where there is a face on the cover because I don’t like someone telling me how the character looks before I’ve read the description. But for some reason having “Daisy” on the cover of this book works out perfectly and it makes the whole idea of the band being real a lot more realistic.

The UK one stands out with the rainbow colours going across her face and the dark background. I also love the Waterstones edition with the black sprayed edges – which is really lovely and probably swayed my vote.

It is difficult to choose as both editions look very similar. I do like the fact that the US one looks a lot like a Polaroid picture but the UK one caught my eye more.

Winner: UK

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

My thoughts: 

I like the colours on the US cover. It’s very bright and the image of the character, without showing the face, represents Eleanor quite well, especially the colours that she is wearing. However, I really like the matches against the white background on the UK edition. It’s very simple but has a lot of meaning which is linked well with the plot.

So the one with the matches wins this one. Though it was hard to decide as neither are really more appealing than the other.

Winner: UK

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 


I like the idea of the UK one as it revolves around a university experience and the flyer is a cool addition. However, I think I prefer the US one as the illustrations of the two men are a lot clearer and I like the lighter background. The one on the left looks like it is aimed at a younger audience.

Winner: USA

Finale by Stephanie Garber  

My thoughts:

My favourite is the UK red cover, it’s really pretty and is a lot more colourful than the other books in this trilogy which makes for a nice change.

The purple US cover is a bit boring. I think there’s too much going on and isn’t as simple as the UK one.

I also loved the Fairyloot special edition which is pictured below. The sprayed edges are really special and the black cover with gold foiling is stunning.

Winner: UK

Which covers do you like the best? Let us know by commenting below or Tweet @bookwormgirl_24! 

One thought on “Book covers: UK versus USA

  1. I agree with you on the first two covers for essentially the same reasons. The third cover is a tie as I’ve loved the US cover but love the UK after seeing it for the first time.

    While I prefer the US cover for Daisy Jones, the UK cover is using a typeface that is a better representation of the story era. It’s the better cover. I also prefer the US cover for Eleanor Oliphant as I like that she’s on it.

    Definitely agree with your choices on the last two.

    Fun post!

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