Friday, October 8, 2010

The Sky is Everywhere - Covers

One of the most beautiful books I've read this year was Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere (my review).

Not only is the prose absolutely gorgeous but the layout is stunning, in blue ink and with snippets of poetry throughout in original writing (see below). Also, I love the texture and look of my cover, which feels more like a journal than a novel.

Some different covers for the book:

US Hard Cover

US Paperback 




Which cover is your favourite? 

I like the US paperback much more than the US hardcover - it's softer and somehow more emotive (although maybe the hard cover looks better in person?)

 I also like the French cover - so similar to my Aussie one, but with the little hearts, which adds a little bit more whimsicalness to it.

And, for those of you who haven't read it yet...
some shots from the inside of The Sky is Everywhere:

The Sky is Everywhere has been nominated for The 2010 Silver Inky. The short-lists will be announced on Tues the 12th of October. I'm hoping it makes it through to the next round of voting. (info about The Inky's and the 2010 longlist)


  1. It really is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read (not to mention one of the best I have read this year). I have the UK version, which also has the blue ink, full colour images and textured cover - it just felt like such a treat to read it.

  2. I will have to go with the US hardcover with Germany's cover as second. But not having read this (which I can see I need to change) I am not sure if the German one really fits the story or just the title.

  3. @ spendibird - i agree, it did feel like a treasure to read.

    @ Jan - Oh - you haven't read this! I think you will really love this one - I procrastinated as I wasn't in the mood for another death/grief thing, but was so glad when I read it. It really is a stand out book of the year.

  4. I've read the US hardcover version, but the paperback cover is so much more gorgeous.
    The UK/Aussie version had photographs and blue font? Wow. That is breathtaking.

  5. Wow! Its really beautiful. My copy of the book is on its way to me. I am really looking forward to reading it.

  6. Yes, oh, my copy of The Sky is Everywhere (Aussie version) is just BEAUTIFUL.

    But I actually really like the US hardcover (I saw it in a bookstore the other day, and I think it IS more alluring in person). The German cover is cool, too.

  7. The US version doesn't have the blue ink or the pictures in colour. (They're not even full-page!) However, I like both covers so so so much. I like the glossy quality and the assymetrical heart of the US hardcover, and the texture, the hearts & the features for the UK/AUS cover.

    Congrats to Jandy Nelson for making the list!

  8. Hi! I found you on Goodreads, and am really glad I did. YA fiction is not usually my thing but you're reviews are really interesting and I can't resist a blog who's author is so passionate about Aussie books! Are you on

  9. I have heard such great things about this book. It is so at the top of my TBR list. I'm torn between the US hardcover and the US paperback...but I'm leaning a little more toward the paperback :)

  10. yay cover comparisons!
    i like the US harcover, but for once i'm voting for a non-US version b/c i LOVE the French cover! love the blue and the handwriting and just how the words look in French.

  11. I'm so jealous of your edition! The US copy I read didn't depict Lennie's writings like that--they were just in a handwriting font.

    I hadn't seen the US paperback cover yet, and I really prefer that to the hardcover, which did nothing for me.

  12. I used to think the US hardcover wasn't very attractive but it's grown on me-now I really like it and find it more appealing than its paperback version. I really do love the UK/ Aussie version though-it's gorgeous and ethereal-looking :D

  13. The UK version is my favourite so much nicer than the US. I actually picked up an extra copy for a giveaway, I must get round to that! I do like the US paperback but it makes me think it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling.

  14. German :)
    And for some reason, the German is usually my favorite :)

  15. I LOVE this book. It's incredible. I'm having trouble deciding which cover is my favorite. I read the American Hardcover, but I'm thinking I really like the Australian cover, very simple and beautiful.

  16. I love the US paperback version, although the one I got is actually a UK version (because I won it and they ordered it from BD). I loved the writing and the characters were so memorable.

  17. I don't like the US versions much, but gosh, the UK/Australia, French, and German covers are all so gorgeous! I have to read this book soon; everyone's raving about it!

  18. So gorgeous! I love the French cover best, followed by the German one. the photos inside are amazing!
    - Dee from e-Volving Books

  19. thanks for all the comments!

    I had no idea the US version didnt have all the love colour pages! such a shame as that was part of me enjoying the reading experience...


  20. that sounds really cool. i think the US paperback cover is my fave.

  21. I love the US paperback version -- but then, I have an affinity for green covers. :)

  22. There really are NO words for how much I LOVED this book!!!! I also think the AU publication was beautiful! Though having said that...I am a tad partial to the US paperback :)
    Isnt it amazing how different all the covers are world wide?!

  23. I bought it the other day! You were insisted so much about the trailer. And you were right! It's genius. I didn't want something too sad but the trailer says it's not. So this is on my shelve, waiting for me. But in the french sopy, there is no photos and colors...


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