Insist on Having Distinction | Daily Prompt: Judgment Day

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

All this “favorite (anything)” gets harder and harder every time.

That aside, let me point out the obvious: one book can have different types of covers. Despite being released in the same year, a few continents or countries sometimes insist on having distinction. So they employ local artists or companies to come up with covers—and even jackets—for the same book.

So without further ado and in no particular order, the book list that I tried to shorten as much as possible:

  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak? Yes.

    I am the Messenger
    I am the Messenger
    By Markus Zusak
    Re-read: March 2012
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? Iffy, more of no than yes.

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief
  • Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth behind the Words You Use by Bill Brohaugh? Maybe.

    Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth behind the Words You Use By Bill Brohaugh; Read: February 2011
    Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth behind the Words You Use By Bill Brohaugh; Read: February 2011
  • A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched from Other Languages by Chloe Rhodes? No.

    A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched from Other Languages
    A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched from Other Languages By Chloe Rhodes; Read: February 2012
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles? No. Saved by the back cover (SBTBC).

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Braindroppings by George Carlin? No. (SBTBC).

    Braindroppings By George Carlin; Read: Early 2000s
    Braindroppings By George Carlin; Read: Early 2000s
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman? Yes.

    The Graveyard Book
    The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman; Read: March 2010
  • Battle Royale by Koushun Takami? No. Saved by the movie (SBTM).

    Battle Royale By Koushun Takami; Read: March 2010
    Battle Royale By Koushun Takami; Read: March 2010
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? No. But recommended by a friend (BRBF).

    The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins; Read: February 2011
    The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins; Read: February 2011
  • Trainman by Hitori Nakano? Yes.

    Trainman
    Trainman By Hitori Nakano; Read: April 2010
  • Father (Anthology)? Yes.

    Father
    Father Edited by Claudia O’Keefe; Read 2009
  • Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Plotz? Yes.

    Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible  By David Plotz; Read: July 2011
    Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible By David Plotz; Read: July 2011
  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs? Yes.

    The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
    The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
    By A. J. Jacobs
    Read: May 2012
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton? No. Saved by my love for mythology.

    Mythology by Edith Hamilton
    Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery? No. (BRBF).

    The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman? Yes.

    The Last Invisible Boy
    The Last Invisible Boy By Evan Kuhlman; Read August 2010
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan? No. (BRBF).

    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan? Yes.

    The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
    The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid By Rick Riordan; Read: October 2010
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan? Yes.

    The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
    The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero By Rick Riordan; Re-read: October 2011
  • Tall Story by Candy Gourlay? No. (BRBF).

    Tall Story
    Tall Story By Candy Gourlay; Read November 2011
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle? Yes. (SBTM).

    The Last Unicorn
    The Last Unicorn
    By Peter S. Beagle
    Read: October 2012
  • I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers? Yes.

    I Hope You Dance
    I Hope You Dance
    By Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll? No. I’ve seen better covers of the same book. In other words: I loved the book but not the cover.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
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5 thoughts on “Insist on Having Distinction | Daily Prompt: Judgment Day

  1. I like “Father” – and I agree – the Hunger Game books did not have great covers – turns out after the movies though that the books didn;t need good covers. Anyway, stopping in to see what others wrote for the Prompt – hope you have time to visit soon and read my take on it – Cheers!

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