This week, we are getting ready for the beach and looking at books that we would like to read during a lazy day at home.
I have a hard time choosing “beach reads” because I always want to pick something that is very cerebral and requires thought.
However, for this one I am choosing a book that has been on my TBR pile forever. That is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
This is the original American cover and I really like its simplicity. You don’t see a character or a person, just a cake with a shadow that morphs into a person. For a book that’s about emotions and food it seems to embody the concept perfectly.
My favorite covers for this book all follow a similar aesthetic for the original covers. These are the Italian, English, and Thai editions of this book.
The Italian one has a slightly different color teal but has the same concept. Although I like the original cover better this is a close second. Maybe it’s the white frosting.
I am pretty sure that the middle cover is a UK edition. Although it has nothing to do with cake I love this photo of a little girl regarding two lemons. It doesn’t depict cake but it has a similar palette and is just as whimsical. I also really like the script used on the cover here.
The Thai edition also has a similar aesthetic to the original that I like. The style of cake is different but I like that the cake is shaped like a lemon and I think the font is really playful.
Least Favorite Covers
I am all for strange covers, especially when magical realism is used in a book, but the Czech, Hungarian, and Chinese covers make very little sense to me.
The Czech cover isn’t horrible, but I found myself asking: “Would anyone really eat a grey cake?” And this isn’t a time to debate the “earl grey” loaf cakes you may find in coffee shops, or delicious shortbread cookies, the gray here just looks unnatural.
The Hungarian cover has nothing to do with cake! There’s a tree and a rising sun behind it that looks a little bit like a lemon but that’s where the similarities stop.
The last cover, is the Chinese cover. I used to work in a bakery and one thing I remember is that the color green does not work well when contrasted with food. So that’s why we never used green construction paper, or foil, or cellophane. That’s why I don’t understand the Chinese cover. While the palette looks nice, that particular shade of green is off-putting.
Have you read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake? What are you favorite kinds of books to read on the beach?