Every week, Danielle (from Danielle’s Book Blog) and Cátia (from TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch) host a feature called Book Traveling Thursdays on Goodreads. They give you a topic each Thursday and you choose a book that you think fits. Then comes the fun part: a cover showdown! You post the original cover, the cover from your country (which I won’t be doing because the books aren’t published here), and then your favorite and least favorite cover from any edition around the world.
This week’s topic is a book by an author from a country I don’t read that often. I chose Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as she is from Nigeria (and the book is also set in Nigeria) and I’ve read maybe just a handful of books set there. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the country and its culture, so I definitely want to check some other books from there more often. Now let’s check the covers out!
The book was originally published in the US. I think it’s quite perfect for the novel because it represents the Biafran flag (which has half of a yellow sun in its center) and the novel focuses on the Biafran war. It’s really simple, but I love it.
On the left, there’s another US edition. I love the whole composition of that cover: the title inside the sun, the font, the yellows and oranges. It’s beautiful. The cover on the right is from the UK, which I also adore, especially by how it represents the Biafran flag and its colors.
LEAST FAVORITE COVERS
The one on the left is from Lithuania. The illustration is strange, at first I thought she had a mask on and then realized it was just a weird light in her face. If the colors would have been better, it could have worked! The one on the right is Swedish, which I find simply too boring because it used just a yellow tone for the whole picture.