Book Covers: UK vs US

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Hey everyone!

So, I love a good book cover. Who doesn’t, right? I know it doesn’t make a book great – we’ll discuss that later on in the post with one of these books – but they do catch the eye in the bookstore and make your book shelves look nice. And you can call me vain, but I like looking at a good-looking book.

Anyway, enough rambling about that. I have seen people comparing UK and US covers on a few other blog posts and on booktube, so I thought I would give it a go as it looks fun.

I’ve picked some random books out of my pile of read books (and one from my TBR as I wanted to do that book) and then found their covers. I then had to drop a few and pick some more random ones as some books have the same covers in both countries, and that would be  a boring post!

Oh, and just so everyone knows: the UK covers are on the left and the UK covers on the right.

Now, let’s get to it!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A interesting one to start with as I like both versions, but I prefer the US version for this book. It captures the isolation and sheer atmosphere of the book brilliantly,  howver with the rest of the series, I much prefer the UK versions – which have a much more fairy-tale-esque quality to them.


A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

This is the one book on this list that I haven’t read, but I do own it. I much prefer the UK version for this one! I don’t know what it is about the US version, but it does nothing for me. I mean, I quite like the viking-esque feel of the helmet, but I don;t know. It isn’t working for me. The font on the UK cover is nicer too, more fantasy. This seems like a small thing, but it will actually become a reoccurring theme!


The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

These books have quite similar covers, and in fact, I’m not a huge fan of either. However, I’m going to go with the UK cover because it looks like a fantasy book, where as the font on the US cover almost make it feel like a murder mystery to me! I said the font would be a reoccurring theme, didn’t I!


Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

UK version. It isn’t even a question. I’ll be honest, I don’t like a lot of the US Brandon Sanderson covers. They look like bad D&D fan-fiction covers, while the UK ones are clean, stark and sleek. Sorry US fans!


Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Again, the UK version. Though, having said I don’t like Brandon Sanderson’s US covers, this is one of the better ones. However, I feel the UK cover just encapsulates the story here perfectly with Spensa staring up into space longingly.


The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

A toughie. Both a really nice and stylish, but I like the US one hee. The flames are just so eye-catching, as is the pattern behind the title. Close, though as I like the mosiac style art on the UK one, but the US gets it. Just a gut feeling!


The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Hmmm…. UK. I like the imagery on both actually. And, infact, I almost prefer the snowy background of the US cover, but I don’t like the font and I don’t like the scroll bit at the top of the US cover. Really ruins it, so I’m gonna go UK.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Ooooh another toughie! Both really scream fairy-tale, which is perfect for this book and its story, but I’ll go US here. Again, a gut feeling here.


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So there you have it, and our final scores are:

UK: 5

US: 3

I hope you all enjoyed reading my thoughts, and I’m sure you all have your own thoughts!

Let me know what you think! Do you agree with my picks?






14 thoughts on “Book Covers: UK vs US

      1. yeah but thAT’S NO EXCUSE. THEY COULD’VE TAKEN ALL THAT TIME THEY WERE USING TO MURDER INNOCENT REDHEADED WOMEN AND USE IT TO MAKE FABULOUS ART. (tho that’s right before England decided to fight the the US (technically wasn’t it the US’s fault? idk) but… they literally could’ve brought over some artist techniques instead of murder???)

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  1. I almost always prefer the UK cover – mostly because they almost always put a strong emphasis on good typography and I prefer more abstract covers in general. The Way of Kings is one of the exceptions, I like the colours on the US cover way more.

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  2. I have another edition of The Bear and the Nightingale, the UK hardcover is stunning! So I’ve been collecting the entire trilogy with those covers. ❤

    Uuh, "A Little Hatred", I think I prefer the US one, just because it's white-r and I generally like white book covers. Lol

    And yes! UK editions for all Sanderson books, they are beautiful!


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