Book Traveling Thursdays: The Little Prince

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is: “A Book You Recently Read That Was Translated From Another Language.”

This was a bit harder for me to find. I don’t typically read translated works because I often take issue with full-book translations, however, I’m not opposed to foreign stories. Fairy tales tend to be the best translated stories ever. But anyway, one of the most recent translations I’ve read is my best friend’s favorite book ever: The Little Prince. Or, really Le Petit Prince.

Original Cover

This story is undoubtedly a classic, and the original French was first published in 1943.

US Covers

There are a couple more editions in the US, including a special anniversary release, but these were definitely some of my favorites of the US covers.

Favorite Covers

Most of the translations pretty much stick to the illustrations within the original book, but I love the color and look of the Romanian version, and the artwork in the Russian version is so pretty!

Least Favorite Cover

Too much happening in this Spanish version of The Little Prince.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: A Wrinkle in Time

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is in commemoration of Johnny Appleseed: “Show us your favorite kids, or middle-grade book. ”

Hands down going to be Madeleine L’Engle, duh. A Wrinkle in Time took me to many places and gave me the love of science and math that I’ve carried even today. So of course I was going to highlight this!

That said, because this book was published in the ’60s and is a classic, there are a LOT of book covers. Seriously, trying to list down just the US covers was ridiculous. So I’ve limited it to the ones I liked of the US covers and threw in a few foreign covers to boot.

The Original

I will say it’s a pretty cool original cover, though this wasn’t the version I first read from.

Fun fact, THIS was.

Which, to be honest, I thought was cool because I saw Meg Murry and thought: “OH GOD. THAT’S ME.” I mean, nowadays I don’t think I’m much of a Meg Murry, but she’s still an awesome character.

US Covers

These were pretty awesome covers from the US. The second set is what I own, since it came as a boxed set of loveliness.

Favorite Cover

This was such a pretty collection of covers! I love the look of this, though granted, it doesn’t showcase the children that the book is about.

Least Favorite Covers

These two are…actually scary. The first is a Finnish version with characters that look nothing like the Murrys and Calvin. Charles Wallace isn’t exactly a derpy-looking kid. The second is a Turkish edition, which, from afar looks pretty cool, but then you take a closer look and the photo in the bubble is a stark and unwelcome contrast to the childlike illustration around it.

Other Foreign Covers

I also wanted to showcase some of the other foreign covers, because some of them are pretty nifty. It’s interesting to see what they focus on for each cover. My favorite of these is the simple Spanish cover, because it legit shows the wrinkle in time that Mrs. Whatsit passes.

What do you think of these covers? Do you have a favorite?

Book Traveling Thursdays: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Another Book Traveling Thursday post, yay! I’ve got to say I love doing these, because it gives me opportunity to look up different book covers and oggle at the really pretty ones!

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is: “Plan your next vacation. Feature a book is set in a location on your travel bucket list.”

This was easy enough. Anyone who’s read any of my travel-related book posts will have seen that my heart has always belonged to Laini Taylor’s settings. I would have put Daughter of Smoke and Bone here but considering I actually did visit Prague, I’ve crossed this dream off my traveling bucket list. That said, my favorite setting described by Laini has always been Morocco. Morocco is a prominent location in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy as well as one or two of her short stories in Lips Touch: Three Times. But for this week, I’m going to highlight Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third book of her DoSaB series.

Original and US Cover

Dreams of Gods and Monsters continues the conflict of angels and demons and largely takes place in both Eretz and Morocco. It follows the story of Karou and Akiva, starcrossed lovers who have been pitted against each other because that’s how their species have fought for centuries. Now that there’s an even bigger threat to both their world and Earth, it is up to Karou and Akiva to unite their forces and fight the emperor who seeks to rule the worlds. There’s a bunch more happening in this book than I would have liked, but some of the best characters shined at the end of the story, and while I did rant a bit about it in my review, I will admit that I grew to love Liraz and Ziri even more after this book, even to the point where I so totally ship them and want more stories of them.

Favorite Cover(s)

Alright, again, it’s really hard to pick favorites! I do adore the original cover, because Karou and chimaera antlers are just fitting. However, there were some bird covers that I liked as well. The Indonesian one was cool because I loved the typography they used. The Japanese version is equally terrific because A) PURPLE POWAAAAH and B) it looks super ethereal and otherworldly, and the flock of birds reminds me of Akiva, which is always a plus.

Least Favorite Cover

Honestly, I didn’t see much wrong with all the other covers, but if I had to choose between all of the different ones, the Czech version is probably the one I’d choose last. I just wasn’t a big fan of how the bottom half typography turned out.

What did you think of these covers?

The Reading Quest: A Sort of Wrap Up

I think if we limited this to the amount of times I’ve Instagrammed #thereadingquest I probably would have done well. As is…I got kind of overwhelmed with work and reading other things off my TBR that my quest pretty much failed to launch. As a Mage, anyway. When I changed my character to a Bard (because heck, if I’m still in the character customization zone I can totally change my character class without penalty, right?), I at least felt a little bit accomplished, lol!

Last month, I’d signed up for The Reading Quest challenge hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. It was such a cool challenge that I was so enthused about it that I made myself a huge list that accounted for all of the quests and side quests on the board, knowing that I probably wouldn’t hit many in a month but hell, might as well fill up the board with possibilities!

In the end, I took some bookstagram pics, I read a bit, I crossed a few things off my TBR, and I realized I practically meandered into sidequest land. Which, if you know me, shouldn’t be surprising. I’m the type of girl who plays games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim and starts deviating from the main quest the minute I’m given freedom to roam. (“Alright, let’s head down to the settlement to meet the–OH THERE’S SOMETHING SHINY DOWN IN THE WATER LET’S JUMP IN!”)

So I changed my class. Beep boop. And the rest is history?

In summary, I read:

Book with TV/Movie AdaptationThe Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Mini-GameMonstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
GrindDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I started reading Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie as a Buddy Read but my friend and I realized we were not getting into the novel so decided just to DNF it, so I suppose it doesn’t count. I also started Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch but it wasn’t likely that I’d get it finished anytime soon. Well, maybe by next week, who knows.

So okay, I went up 20 experience points? All the same, it was pretty fun to play, and it definitely gave me excuse to take pretty pics of my books!

What do I do with the rest of the list, you ask? Well, I suppose I can try to keep track of it as a TBR for the foreseeable future. I mean, I’m pretty behind on most of my reading challenges minus the Goodreads one, so…who knows.

In any case, how did you guys do?

Book Traveling Thursdays: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Okay, so I have been pretty bad with TTTs lately and thought I needed a new bookish meme to post that wasn’t on a Tuesday (owing to the fact that I tend to either post a review or reblog a Fableulous Retellings post on the same day). I have seen this going around ages back and really liked the idea of looking at book covers around the world. I also love traveling, and I tend to travel vicariously through books when I’m not doing any actual traveling during the year. So, Book Traveling Thursdays it is! There’s a sizable Goodreads group you can check out for more information.

The rules are pretty simple: Pick a book that matches the week’s theme, then find different book covers of said book from around the world. Post its original cover, talk about why the book fits the theme, and then post your country’s edition(s) if applicable, as well as post favorite and least favorite covers. It sounds fun to me, so here we go!

This week’s theme coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, so the book I had to pick involved a Latinx main character. To be honest, my first thought was The Second Guard by J.D. Vaughn for its Latin-Am inspired fantasy (and Talimendra is awesome), but there was only one book cover, so I’ll go with a book I own but haven’t read yet: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

Original Cover

TGoFaT revolves around a Hispanic-inspired world, and the main character, Princess Elisa, is the younger of two princesses who is thrust into a responsibility she doesn’t think she can handle. I haven’t read the book yet, but I did have the opportunity to attend one of Rae Carson’s signings (where I got the entire trilogy signed), and she had addressed the inspiration of her world as well as the fabulous Spanish-inspired names and then-some.

US Covers

My Favorite Cover(s)

The first picture is from the German edition of TGoFaT, which I thought was pretty, since I’m normally not a person who likes models on the covers. But then of course I turn around and realize my other favorite cover is the French version, which HAS a model on the cover. But it’s still really pretty anyway. I mostly love the color in the French edition, which is a nice shade of blue-green.

My Least Favorite Cover

The Spanish edition was my least favorite because having a person’s half-face on the cover says NOTHING about the book half the time. I didn’t like it in The Uglies, and I still don’t like it here.

There were a lot of different editions I wanted to highlight as well, but if I kept on going I’d never stop, hah.

Have you read this book? What did you think?