Luxe’s Thoughts: UK vs US Book Covers

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Haven’t we all heard this idiom at least once in our lives? I don’t know about you, but I do judge books by their covers more often than I would like to admit. I mean, book covers give me like an itty bitty, tiny feel of what the book is about. Well, at least some of them do; other covers can be deceiving. My point is, I allow myself every now and then to judge a book by its cover. But that’s another story.

Today, let’s talk about the thing that boggled my mind when I first got into book blogging: different covers of the exact same book. Picture this. A girl emerging from a bookstore with a book in hand. The same girl going blog hopping and seeing the said book’s title with a completely different look.

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After a few hours searching, my slow-ass finally realized that these are the same books but published with different covers in other countries for the purpose of marketing. Needless to say, that made me soooo excited because who doesn’t like multiple copies of  a book just for their varying dust jacket despite having literally no funds to buy them just yet? I know I do.

So… Let’s look at some of the differences of the UK and US covers of books on my wishlist/TBR! There’s a little poll as well for each book for you to vote which ones you prefer better, so we can evaluate these books together!

NOTE: UK covers are on the left while the US covers are the ones on the right!


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I personally like the US one better, with its gold foil, since it’s very sparkly. And for me, sparkles make everything better!! Although I wouldn’t mind having the UK one which is still very pretty.

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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The US cover wins again for me on this one. I just imagine it looking better on a hardcover as compared to the other one. Also, I love the black and red combination. It looks so classy!

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’m quite confused on what covers to put on this book because there are a lot. I’ve actually read this book, with the first ever book cover (I believe), but I just thought I’d put this on the list just because. I adore the UK cover! It just screams “READ ME” in my opinion.

 

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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I seriously can’t decide between these two!! The UK one is more minimalist and would probably look good on the shelf but the US one, UGH! *turns into the heart eyes emoji* So I’ll let you decide!

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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My vote for this one goes to the UK cover. Although the US cover looks great, I also think that it has too much going on. And I love the color scheme of the UK version better, especially the gold!

 

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Initially, I was so torn on this one as well. I think both are absolutely GORGEOUS but the lack of color and the title size/style on the first one wasn’t as eye-catching compared to the second one so US cover gets my vote!

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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My vote for this one goes to the UK book cover, no doubt! It’s just so much more appealing to me maybe because of the gorgeous girl on the cover!


So among the 7 books listed above, I voted 3 UK covers and 3 US covers, with 1 still undecided. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this blog post, since I don’t usually do discussion posts, and I hope you enjoyed reading as well!

Don’t see your favorite US/UK book cover above? Comment them down below, and let’s chat!

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A Lil’ Message For Ya

Aaaaaah, how is it 2019 already in a few hours? While my family is getting ready to celebrate the incoming new year, I’m up here in my room typing away so I got to make this quick.

I’ve spent the last hour thinking of a blog post to conclude the year with. I wasn’t intending to write a wrap-up in the first place since I don’t think I’ve accomplished much in 2018. So instead, here’s a year-ender message to all you beautiful humans. There would be extreme cheesiness, albeit quick, beyond this point. You have been warned.

First off, not to blow my own horn but I just have to say how proud I am of myself to have come this far in terms of blogging. When I first started, being the shy and introverted person that I am, I never expected to branch out to people in the community. But now, I’m so glad that I did because this community is like no other.

Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to me. Despite being relatively new to the community and despite me having a “small” blog, you all have accepted me and been nothing but kind. From giving others book recommendations to fulfilling each other’s book wish lists to helping everyone reach their individual goals, this community has showed me how blessed I am to be a part of it. All of you have a special place in my heart that will remain with me even after I stop blogging (which I hope isn’t anytime soon).

I know, I’m an emotional mess that you probably don’t want to have anything to do with after this but I can’t help it, I’m sorry haha. Anyway. I’m grateful that all of you were part of my 2018 and I sincerely hope you’ll be a part of my 2019 and the years to come as well. I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. May your hearts get what you all desire. *waves imaginary wand to give y’all more books because I know that’s what you want*

Hugs and kisses,
Luxe ❤

Luxe’s Thoughts: FAVORITE CRIME TV SHOWS!

Welcome to a non-bookish post! This post is the product of my never-ending book slump and my overall laziness to get up from my bed and do something useful. In here, I share with you the different crime TV shows that I am currently obsessed with. So, here they are, in no particular order because ranking them would be unbelievably hard for me. Hopefully you’ll get some good recommendations for what to watch next.


Sherlock

Sherlock

This show, oh my goodness, where to begin? This is simply amazing. Although I have started reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle long ago, I haven’t really got much into it before I had to stop (unsurprisingly because of school) so I don’t have much knowledge about Sherlock Holmes. I’ve always had a great liking for the mystery genre though, specifically in crime. What can I say, murders and heists hold a special place in my heart. Well, this TV program blew me away. This is based on the aforementioned book, but with a contemporary twist. Sherlock follows Sherlock Holmes, an incredibly  detective, and John Watson, an ex-military doctor, helping the police solve different crimes in modern-day London.

I absolutely love the banter between Sherlock and Watson! Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have great chemistry being Holmes and Watson. Anyway, I basically went through an emotional rollercoaster on this one. I laughed, I cried, got frustrated, and got scared. And let me tell you, this will keep you on the edge of your seat, I swear on my life. Well, maybe not, I’m not ready to die just yet. But you get my point. The crimes for each episode will really get you thinking and the plot twists are jaw-dropping. Also, this is only four seasons long, with three episodes (around one hour each) per season, and a special episode set in the Victorian era. Very easy to accidentally binge-watch and leave your mouth hanging open at the end of Season 4 Episode 3, wondering where the hell the next one is. *sobs in detective*

P.S. I personally think that Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect actor for Sherlock, although I’ve only seen like two other actors portraying the character. Oh well.

“Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street.” – Sherlock Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch)


Elementary

Elementary

After I’ve finished Sherlock, I obviously couldn’t get enough so I looked for similar TV programs and this one came up. I’m glad it did because it’s basically just the same, except that this one isn’t as closely based to the book from what I can gather and this one isn’t set in London. Here, Sherlock Holmes is a recovering drug addict. His father hires Joan Watson as Sherlock’s sober companion and together, they assist the New York City Police Department in solving numerous crimes. I really like the concept of how Holmes and Watson became acquainted. Also, Watson is a woman. I’m really excited about that!

This is still an ongoing series, and currently on Season 6 (with 24 episodes each season). I’m not yet up to date with this one though, still on Season 2, but I’m already loving this. I’m taking my sweet time on this precious one, and watching other shows alongside of it as well.

“For future reference: When I say I agree with you, it means I’m not listening.” – Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller)


Scorpion

Scorpion

Ah Scorpion, another amazing one. I feel like I’ve been using the word “amazing” quite a lot now, have I not? Anyway. This is my current obsession! Scorpion is about an intellectually well-equipped team dealing with a variety of “complex, high tech threats around the globe.” To let you have a better view on the capabilities of the members of Team Scorpion, here is the intro for the episodes:

My name is Walter O’Brien. I have the fourth-highest IQ ever recorded: 197. Einstein’s was 160. When I was 11, the FBI arrested for me for hacking NASA to get their blueprints for my bedroom wall. Now I run a team of geniuses, tackling worldwide threats only we can solve. Toby’s our behaviorist. Sylvester’s a human calculator. Happy, a mechanical prodigy. Agent Cabe Gallo is our government handler. And Paige? Well, Paige isn’t like us; she’s normal. She translates the world for us, while we help her understand her genius son. Together, we are Scorpion.

I was intrigued by the premise at first so I decided to give it a go. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I’m always really awestruck at each episode. Each case Team Scorpion take on, even if it sounds simple at first, gets very interesting as the episode progresses. There was never a dull moment in this TV series! I also love how the characters are all unique, with different abilities and characteristics, so they depend on one another. They have such great teamwork and friendship! Not only that, I also got to know the members of the team bit by bit; their fear, likes, dislikes, their past. Each of them has their own complexities. Plus, I learned a lot through this, believe it or not. Like a lot of chemistry stuff I forgot by now, and to always go for the nose when in combat, and that a group of jellyfish is called a smack. Well, obviously there’s a lot other facts but those were just at the top of my head.

I hope you feel my enthusiasm for this show. I just freaking love Scorpion so you can’t imagine my total horror disappointment that it got cancelled. It only has 4 seasons with around 22-25 episodes each. That’s not enough for me! I miss them already. 😦

“Rappers may have ninety-nine or so problems, but misplacing paychecks is not one of them.” – Toby Curtis (played by Eddie Kaye Thomas)


Riverdale

Riverdale

I’m kind of torn on this one. I absolutely loved the first season but I wasn’t so keen on the second one. That being said, I am still anticipating the release of the third season on October. Riverdale‘s characters are based on the legendary Archie Comics. That being said, the plot has no connection to the comics because this CW show (and Netflix original, I’m confused) has a really dark story line. In a nutshell, Riverdale revolves around a group of teenagers discovering that the town they once thought was peaceful, apparently has a web of sinister secrets.

I am a huge fan of the Archie Comics. It was my childhood! I remember literally not eating at school just to save up my allowance to buy those. I wonder where my humongous collection went. Maybe they’re scattered all over the place because we’ve moved several times already since I’ve last saw them. That sucks. But I’m thinking of restarting my collection once again.

Anyway, when I first heard of Riverdale, I was so excited for it. The ominous, dark vibe they were aiming for was depicted well but it also has light scenes as well to balance. The mystery aspect of this was so thrilling and waiting for the next episodes were very painful. It was also so weird to see such contrasting moods from the same characters from the TV show and the comics. Oh, and also, let me mention how I’ve really taken a liking to the cast of this show. I mean, seriously, they are such a close-knitted group despite not knowing most of each other when they first started and how they have two different age groups. This just adds to their on-screen chemistry.

I know that a lot of people have such a great dislike for this TV series but I genuinely think it’s worth watching. There are currently two seasons out on Netflix, the first one has 13 episodes and the second has 22, with each episode around 40 minutes.

“Fear. It’s the most basic, the most human emotion. As kids, we’re afraid of everything. The dark. The boogeyman under the bed. And we pray for morning. For the monsters to go away. Though they never do. Not really.” – Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse)


That’s about it for the crime TV shows that I currently enjoyed. I have more on my list though, and I can’t wait to get started! What are your favorite crime TV shows? If you don’t like the crime genre, what are your all-time favorite TV shows are instead?