Let’s be honest, us book nerds have special places in our hearts for covers. As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time of the year to think about what books we need to further overfill our bookshelves.
While there are plenty of amazing covers for books published in the US, there are some UK covers that absolutely slay the book cover game. Like many of my fellow US readers, I love using Book Depository to find UK editions. I have three UK editions of my own, including Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer, Jenn Bennett’s Starry Eyes, and Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at the Cupcake Café.
I’ll be discussing the UK editions I’d love to add to my collection for the sole purpose of their gorgeous covers.
Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Technically, we’ve been given the UK Strange the Dreamer cover for the US paperback, which I also happen to own. While the US hardcovers for Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares are pretty and EXTREMELY shiny, I just can’t get over the UK hardcovers. And yes, I am a complete sucker for sprayed edges.
The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden- The US versions of Katherine Arden’s The Bear in the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch scream fantasy, but I love how the UK editions highlight the series’ folktale inspiration.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- Yes, because I really need a fourth copy of Carry On, and yes, it has to be either the UK paperback or hardcover, aka BOTH. Although the UK hardback looks like the US edition, underneath the dust jacket, there’s an orange and pink Simon and Baz! I also like how the UK paperback incorporates the hardcover’s colors.
Uprooted and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik- Naomi Novik’s UK covers scream fairytale, and both books’ color schemes work so well together!
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab- I just want every version ever of Vengeful. I love how red, black, and white are found in most of V.E. Schwab’s covers.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord– Emery Lord’s UK cover design team must be pretty amazing, because I of course love the UK cover to my favorite book of hers.
Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins- Okay, but who doesn’t want to eat the ice cream on this cover?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Collector’s Edition)- The most coveted book on this list, it’s an understatement to say that the collector’s edition of Six of Crows is insanely gorgeous. This edition has a BEAUTIFUL cover, six character portraits, a letter from Leigh Bardugo, and red-sprayed edges.
What UK editions would you love to add to your bookshelf? Share in the comments!