Friday, January 20, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Currently Reading


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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Currently Reading

The problem with being productive and trying to get through a lot of 2023 ARCs early is that I don't have very many options of "currently reading" books to share multiple cover versions of because there aren't any yet. But never fear, because I did manage to find one that has three different covers to compare and that is Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton! I've only just started this one so I can't say too much about it yet, but the first thirty pages or so are off to a great start. I really enjoyed Catton's The Luminaries, so I have high hopes. 

2023 US Hardcover | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

2023 Dutch | AmbolAnthos

2023 UK | Granta Books

My choice(s):
The US and UK covers are quite similar outside of a color change, and I have to say that I'm rather fond of the US cover. The Dutch one is nice, but I feel like it makes this seem more like a thriller than it is and throws me off. I like the somewhat chaotic nature of the US edition and how they worked the typography into such a neat style that matches the imagery as well. Which edition do you prefer?


  1. These are quite different, but both intriguing - I think the colors on the Dutch version might draw me in more.

  2. Oh this is by the author of The Luminaries? And I agree about the Dutch cover... I like it but it does definitely feel like a thriller.

  3. I think I like the first cover best. I'm curious to see how it fits in with the story.