Welcome to my second Book Traveling Thursdays, a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.
This week’s theme is: Crying is not always bad. Choose a book that made you ugly cry.
I have dozens of options here. I am a sentimental and emotional creature, and stories have made me cry more times than I can count. But the one book that had me literally sobbing and “ugly” crying is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” This tale of two women from different generations is heart-wrenching, beautifully tragic and will always stay with me.
There are dozens of covers for this famous novel, but I’ll only discuss a few.
Original Cover / My Country’s Cover
This cover is classic, timeless. It’s reminiscent of The Kite Runner’s, with a beautiful open sky and a sprawling look at a pocket of Afghanistan. Hosseini’s latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, retains the hazy sky and dreamy hues. It’s a great strategy that will likely continue to be used in his future novels — readers will observe the familiar cover and feel compelled to buy the latest novel due to positive association.
I couldn’t find many covers that I genuinely liked. However, the American and U.K. paperback editions are both excellent. I especially like the golden hues of the latter because the colors embody the beauty and hope that can be found amidst tragedy and hardship.
Least Favorite Covers:
From left to right:
Indonesia – The font is uninspired and the contrast of the pitch black sky and gold-ish land is unpleasant to my eye.
Croatia – That image alone couldn’t convince anyone to pick the book up, let alone buy it. Who designed this?
Slovakia – A little better, but it’s simply too dark and does not accurately reflect the beauty that can be found within the pages.
What book made you ugly cry? It’s OK, don’t be embarrassed; this is a safe space.