I don't know why but my reading has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks. It might be that fall television and the NBA season have started (go Lakers!). Or it could be that I still don't have a fully-functioning laptop which means that I'm on the iPhone and the iPad quite a bit and we all know how you get sucked into repetitive games on devices! So, in lieu of a review, you get another one of my random bookish pet peeves -- when the artwork on a paperback or a hardcover is significantly better than the other option for that book.
The possible problems as I see them are these:
1. You buy the hardcover of a much-anticipated book only to see a wonderful cover on the paperback the next year. This always causes a bit of grumbling because you already spent the big bucks on one that is now less appealing.
A Beautiful Blue Death in hardcover and paperback
2. You wait for the paperback of a lesser anticipated book only to find that it has a less appealing cover. Then you go looking for the hardcover which caught your attention in the first place and it's already hard to find.
The Ground Beneath Her Feet hardcover (iridescent!) and paperback
3. You buy the paperback not knowing there is a better looking hardcover still available out there. Of course, you see that cover about a week later and on the discount shelf.
Stone's Fall hardcover and paperback
A buying dilemma certainly arises when both covers are equally awesome. And of course we also run into the issues with better international covers, right?
Do you have a book in mind that had a much better cover in one version or the other? Have you ever bought a second copy of a book just for the cover? Don't you wish that books would just have the same cover on both versions (like The Little Stranger does)?
Judging books by their covers (to the detriment of my pocketbook),