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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
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?