Happy Second Day of Summer! To celebrate, the theme of this week’s Book Traveling Thursdays requires me to choose a book that I want to read this summer. I’m up for anything to get out of the burning sun and the triple digits outside.
I chose Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox. If you look at my Currently Reading Shelf on Goodreads, it shows that I am still reading it. I haven’t looked at the book since April, but I want to read it before the year is out. When I do pick it up again, I will have to start from the beginning, so I am counting it as one I want to read this summer. In the genre of magical realism, the novel features Mary Foxe who wants to change Mr. Fox, famous author extraordinaire, so that he will stop murdering his heroines. To do that, she will have to put him in their shoes.
Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much, where you compare the covers of a book that fits the theme. Then you post the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite and your least favorite. You can link up and find the future themes on the Goodreads page.
I think this is the original cover, but I’m not sure. I know the two main characters have “Fox” in their names, so I assume the foxes are playing up to that. I love how they show the magic of them living the lives of the characters that Mr. Fox writes.
Both of these covers came from Picador. The cover on the left is one year newer than the one on the right. The left cover is breathtaking. I like the right cover for its representation of the era; it looks like America in the ’20s and ’30s. I also like the graphics.
I’m biased because this is the cover I own. But there are also few choices on covers, as per the available editions on Goodreads.
Least Favorite Cover
This is the Estonian cover. The cover reminds me of the minimalist and abstract combination of art (don’t quote me on art periods) where it can be a large canvas with a two rectangles of red and white. I’m not fond of that art style, though I think the cover designer had something interesting going at the top with the tear-away that shows the author’s name.
I look forward to start reading this again. Let’s hope I finish it. What book(s) do you want to read this summer, or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere?