Monday, March 03, 2014

Wedding Traditions: #Coverho Edition

Jennifer from Book-alicious Mama, had a fan-flanging-tastic idea for this week's #coverho post: a wedding theme! Because we are 12 days from go-time! From my very own wedding day. So today we're bringing you the best of old, new, borrowed and blue!


Old is subjective, especially since this one came out in 1993, but since it's been 21 years now, I think we can safely put The Virgin Suicides into the "old" category. While I didn't love this one, I always loved the mysterious awkwardness of the cover. 


These are some of the new beauties on my shelves. In order to make Valentine's Day super easy this year, David and I agreed to give each other gift cards. I immediately ran out and bought these gorgeous little volumes from the Penguin Great Food series! 


While it's technically not "borrowed" it was a gift from the one-and-only Jennifer herself! I'm so glad she gifted me her ARC of Boy, Snow, Bird. It is truly one of my favorite covers in a while. 


And last but not least...it's one of my favorite books and one of my favorite covers! The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was a winner for me all-around. 

What are your faves: old, new, borrowed and blue? 






42 comments:

  1. Those Penguin food book covers are gorgeous! So stunning!

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    1. I absolutely adore them. I know I will not be able to resist buying them ALL.

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  2. I love The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake cover... (and it makes me hungry!) Andi, in case I don't get a chance to offer my wishes later, I will say it now a bit early: I hope you have a WONDERFUL wedding day!!

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    1. It makes me hungry, too! Thank you for the well wishes, Adria! Much appreciated.

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  3. I love the theme of this post! Though I'm glad you explained the context, because otherwise The Virgin Suicides would have seemed like an odd choice. Have you liked Eugenides' other books? I loved The Virgin Suicides, but then I've loved everything he's written.

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    1. Haha, yes that would've been weird without explanation. I read the book so long ago I remember very little of the plot (I didn't like it), but I've always loved the idea of the story and the cover!

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  4. Ok, those Penguin Great Food covers are actually pretty darn tasty. Must resist...

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    1. Haha! They're ALL adorable. Was so hard to choose what to order first.

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  5. I can't believe The Virgin Suicides came out that long ago! I love the cover you chose for it so much more than the one I have (not the movie tie-in, but the more stark, white one).

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    1. Right??? Time flies. I had the movie tie-in. It was not great.

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  6. I love your list! And again no overlap! It's really incredible

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  7. Whoa, really? Boy, Snow, Bird? What do you like so much about it? Maybe it's because I haven't seen it in person yet, but I really really disliked that cover -- I thought the British one was much better.

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    1. I think it's the color and the menacing snake. It looks so happy, but there's a big damn snake in there. I'm just now seeing the UK cover thanks to you. It is lovely, too. I'm always down with some great typography.

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  8. Perfect theme for you! I'm kind of sad that I haven't read a single book you listed.

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    1. Truthfully, I loved the covers of The Virgin Suicides and Boy, Snow, Bird better than the actual novels! I'd skip those. :)

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  9. Love the theme. The Virgin Suicides cover kinda creeps me out, based on what I know of the book. But that makes it a good one if it evokes emotion!

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    1. True! I do like that it's a bit menacing.

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  10. I really, really want a piece of cake now. That's always been my favorite part about weddings. I hope yours is amazing!

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    1. Me too! I think we're having three cakes. David's dad is catering and he's way fancier than me. lol

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  11. Love the cover of Boy, Snow, Bird and am dying to read some of the Penguin's Great Food Series.

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    1. I think I'm going to dive into the Great Food books next. Probably start with Buffalo Cake and Indian Pudding. They look delightful!

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  12. Love this one!! My something old, something I've given away so many times, is Beth Hoffman's Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. Something New would be...hmmmm I just bought The Headmaster's Wife, and can't wait to read. Something borrowed...I rarely do this..ha ha. Something Blue....Elin Hilderbrand's book Beautiful Day is on my shelf, and it's about a wedding, and I haven't read it yet. I like your choices!! :) I like wedding cake too.

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    1. Great choices, Anita! Thanks for playing along with us!

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  13. I really want Boy, Snow, Bird. I love the cover. :)

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  14. 12 days!! I have the ugly movie edition cover of The Virgin Suicides which depresses me to no end. A new book I love the cover of is Americanah by Adichie - the paperback is gorgeous and so is the hardcover.

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    1. Yeah, that's the one I owned, too. This one is much better. And I love the cover of Americanah, too. Is the paperback cover different from the hardcover? Will have to look it up!

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  15. Love this idea! I had to sneak The Virgin Suicides into the house because I feared it would be too scandalous for my parents to approve, and it really affected me as a teen. It would be so interesting to read as an adult. Hmm . . .

    Also, 12 days?!?! WOO! Can't believe it!

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    1. It's one I'd be curious to re-read, too. I didn't particularly love it when I was younger, but I think I'd appreciate it more now.

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  16. First of all, 12 days! Woohoo! best of luck with everything!

    And I love those gorgeous Penguin Food covers!

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    1. Thank you! I can't believe it's so close already!

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  17. I like this idea! Something old: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It's one of my favorite books. Something new: Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Something borrowed: The Truth About Stories by Thomas King. I'm currently reading it and borrowed it from the library. Something blue: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. It's a really colorful cover with a blue background.

    Your wedding is going to be here in a heartbeat.

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    1. I really need to read East of Eden already. Seems like there are several readalongs coming up for that one, so I might have to try it out. The wedding will definitely be here before we know it! Eeeek!

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  18. Very fun post! I cannot believe your wedding day is almost here - yay!

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  19. My favorite blue book is the recent special edition of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, covered in blue cloth. Such a pretty book inside and out.

    I still remember the book that I read on my honeymoon. It was the most relaxing time. The feeling after the wedding is done is pure bliss. :)

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    1. I've seen that edition of Stardust and it is GORGEOUS! I cannot wait for the honeymoon. We're going down to a hill country town that specializes in antiques and wine!

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  20. Somehow I totally missed that Boy, Snow, Bird was written by Oyeyemi! I think I probably have a lot of blue books on my shelf but the one that I love the most is Cold Mountain. Though I don't know if the cover is particularly special.
    Getting so close!!

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    1. I do love Cold Mountain. That is a gorgeous book and one I'd re-read. I loved it that much.

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  21. Love all of these!! Haven't' read Virgin Suicides but the movie is one of my favs. I LOVE the Penguin Great Food series!! The covers are all to die for! I'm dying to get my hands on Boy, Snow, Bird! That cover is gorgeous and the book just sounds incredible. And Lemon Cake will forever be one of my favorite books :) I can't believe your big day is so soon!!! So excited for you Andi :)

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  22. Holy c#!p, when did '93 become old??!!

    Alright, something old? Hmmm, The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. Read it back in the late 80s (now we're talkin' old!) and fell in love with Pilcher's lyrical style.

    New? Let's go with new in paperback. William Kent Kreuger's Ordinary Grace. Outstanding! I've recommended it for our store "push" book for April and we're already selling it like hotcakes. Fantastic coming of age story with a little bit of mystery thrown in.

    Borrowed? Cuckoo's Calling which I borrowed from my library (on audio). So far, so good.

    And, finally, blue. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Moody blue cover art and a fantastic audio book read by none other than Mr. Gaiman. Loved it!

    Sending positive thoughts south for sunshine on your wedding day, Miss Andi!

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