Melissa Walker

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Melissa Walker

ifistaypb.jpg I loved hearing all the swooning stories last week — so. much. fun. I enjoy prying into your personal lives, you know. The winner of the paperback of Swoon by Nina Malkin is… Alison! Send me your address, A.
This week, I’m giving away a paperback copy of Gayle Forman‘s If I Stay. You guys must have heard how beautiful and amazing and incredible this book is. If you haven’t read it yet, NOW IS THE TIME. There’s a sequel in the works. (YES!) I sometimes hang out with Gayle and dig for information about said sequel, but she’s a good secret-keeper. Bummer. I cannot wait to continue Mia’s story!
To enter, just tell me which cover you like more — US hardcover (below left) or paperback. I’m curious.
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I actually like them both for very different reasons. I love a non-person cover that so aptly displays the feeling of the story, like this one does (delicate flower, hanging on tenuously; winter feel with the hope of spring). But I’m also really into frosty covers like the paperback — something about ice on a cover makes me happy.
Anyway, thoughts? I’ll choose one winner next week.
Happy Wednesday!
PS-Read Gayle’s Cover Story for the hardback here.

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  1. Travis says:

    Hmm… This is a hard decision. I think I’ll go with the paperback though.

  2. Melanie says:

    I own both of these because I couldn’t choose between covers. They’re equally gorgeous! (I’m also very indecisive.)

  3. Melissa says:

    I completely agree with you that the illustration is rather poignant. Sometimes a symbol of the story can say so much more than a person cover. (Also I checked out the cover story about If I Stay, and it’s obvious that Gail was super excited about it.)
    Perhaps it’s because I saw the paperback cover when I first heard of this book (I’m saying I could be a little biased), but just to see the two images side by side like this, I think the paperback version is a bit better. There is raw emotion in the girl’s face and the smokiness that you mentioned really gives it a atmospheric feel to it.
    That being said,if I actually saw the hardcover version in person with the vellum cover, well, I’d probably choose it, but as the image itself, it’s definitely the paperback version for me.

  4. Sarah says:

    I really love both covers. Its hard for me to choose but I really like the paperback version.

  5. Kayte J says:

    I like both covers. The hardcover one is nice. I really like how it has the blue and red coloring. The paperback cover just seems too dark to me. I like books that kind of make me interested by the way the cover looks. Like if the cover looks interesting I’m more likely to pick it up and see what its about.

  6. Lauren S. says:

    I LOVE the paperback cover a lot. It really grabbed me, and made me want to read this book, which the hardcover didn’t really do. I’m a terrible cover judger. One of my kids (school kids) called me on it the other day, and I felt like a total hypocrite…I’m always telling them not to judge a book by it’s cover!
    The appeal for me is in the coloring…the paperback is much darker and mysterious-looking, which I’m a sucker for :)

  7. Lauren S. says:

    OMG I just used “it’s” wrong. ::HORROR:: I really hate when I do that.
    “I’m always telling them not to judge a book by *its* cover”.

  8. Yan says:

    I’m on the paperback this time. I was never that big of a fan of the hardback cover. I like the symbolism and all, but my eye immediate draws toward the girl.

  9. Shalan says:

    I’m a fan of the hardcover.
    This is a great book and didn’t know there was a sequel!

  10. JenP says:

    I definitely prefer the hardcover. I like the simplicity.

  11. Hannah s. says:

    I personally prefer the hardcover.
    The blue is such a nice color. :)
    Love, Hannah
    P.s. I already read and loved this, so please don’t enter me!

  12. Bhumi says:

    Please enter me into the giveaway.
    I really love the paperback copy. I like how all the colors go really well together and it seems to tell me a lot about the mood of the book.
    I will definitely be reading this book.

  13. Lisa Palmer says:

    I think I prefer the paperback if I had to choose. But by a slim margin. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  14. kelly says:

    I like the hard cover so much better. I’m not a huge fan of the face-on-the-cover, and I think for this book in particular, having almost nothing to go in with the hard cover works so well. This is a surprising novel, and so that cover just works better.

  15. Teresa W. says:

    I’d have to go with the paperback cover!

  16. Lauren says:

    I love the hardcover. Many times in the store i’ve been drawn to it – it’s simple and pretty. The hardcover is nice…but a bit dark for me. Just my opinion!

  17. Gotta be the paperback. The hardback’s OK, but the paperback’s… I don’t know. It definitely draws my eye a lot more!

  18. Pretty says:

    It was a difficult choice for me to make.
    Yet I would say I like the paperback the best
    because the girl is looking up to the skies.
    It makes me think that she’s wondering
    what’s happening up there with all the
    chaos going on.

  19. Nikki says:

    I like the paperback. The hardcover doesn’t really invoke any emotion for me, it just seems kind of like, “ho hum this book could be about anything but I’m not sure if I’ll like it”. With the paperback I can feel conflict and even though I know nothing about the book at all I already care about the character on the front, maybe because she seems cold.

  20. Katrina says:

    I like ‘people covers’, so I’d say the paperback. It definitely grabs me more and makes me wonder what it is about.

  21. I hadn’t seen the new paperback cover until now, but I like it. The way the girl’s face is horizontal sets it apart. The hardcover cover didn’t really grab my interest, and even after hearing such great things about the book, that cover doesn’t seem unique enough to me.

  22. Bianca says:

    Hmm. I’ll have to go with the hardback cover. I don’t usually like models on books but I do think the paperback does a really good job of showing emotion and I love the background cover of the PB. The hardback would make me pick up the book because I’ll want to know what the story would be about. With the PB I’ll have an idea in my mind already.
    It’s great that there is going to be a sequel! I haven’t read If I Stay but it’s on my wishlist!

  23. Tiff says:

    I’m in love with the hardcover, just because I like the simplicity of the design and the fading colour so much, but I saw this in the bookstore today, and it had a tagline that said “fans of Twilight will like this”, so I guess I understand why the paperback cover is so much darker and more dramatic.

  24. TerryD says:

    Hardback, hands down. The paperback looks like so many other contemporary YA titles. Gives no hint at anything exceptional or unique underneath.

  25. Mariska says:

    I choose paperback..I just can’t take my eyes on this cover !!

  26. Toreyy says:

    I will go with the original hardback, since one of the reasons I was drawn to the book originally was the cover…it’s different from your typical YA cover. I do like the paperback, but it’s just to similiar to so many others, doesn’t distinguish it the way it should be because it is such a GREAT story and I’m glad to know a sequel is in the works.

  27. Iffath says:

    I think the paperback cover is gorgeous! I love the mystery and frostiness of the picture, but also how sharp the details are. Looking at it just takes my breath away; but I really like the hardback cover too, because of its originality, it’s definitely something different, and I appreciate that :)

  28. Kathleen Brown says:

    I think i like the paperback better. The hardcover just seems so bright and i like really gritty honest covers. So i vote paperback :-)

  29. Amelia says:

    I think I like the hardcover, because you always remember the cover from when you first read it, and now whenever I see the hardcover, it takes me back to how the book made me feel :) But they’re both beautiful.

  30. Mitzy says:

    Considering the story line of this book, the second (paperback) cover seems to fit it much better than the happier sky blue. I do like the hardback cover, I just think the second one is more suitable =)

  31. InABox says:

    I like the paperback better. It’s more serious and less cheerful, which seems to fit the content better.

  32. I really love the paperback more, it makes me wonder about the story and why the girl has that look…the first is fantastic, too. I always love covers that have a little symbolism. But, I’d have to say the paperback is my favorite. :)

  33. Janessa says:

    It’s so hard to choose one because they are so different. Without having seen an actual copy of the book, however, the paperback version looks a bit more appealing to me.
    I love the fact that the hardcover includes symbolism, but the coloring and image style seems more suitable for a poetry book.
    Nevertheless, I can’t wait to read this book one way or another! =)

  34. Katie says:

    Oh, paperback most definitely!

  35. Brittany Clarkq says:

    I prefer the paperback cover. It seems to give the book a deeper meaning without giving away the plot of the book. That book cover gives the story to the book a silver lining (it’s an awesome book).

  36. Kelsey says:

    I loved the hardcover when it first came out but there is something about the paperback that lures me in. Plus, I really love the first page with the broken glass and all the reviews. It seems like they publishers really took time on the paperback to make it look really good. So yeah, I pick the paperback!

  37. Amanda says:

    I like the paperback one a lot more. I suppose if the hardback was purple/dark blue, I’d like it better, but as it is I like the other one. =]

  38. Ashley says:

    I have to agree that I like them both for their own reasons, but I think I’m more drawn to the paperback :)

  39. Sam says:

    Oh my goodness!! This is such an amazing book. God, I cried forever when I read it.
    I have to say, while the first was pretty, I wouldn’t have picked it up without the reviews I’d read. The second? Yeah, I grabbed it up before realizing -Hey. Wait. I’ve read this!-
    So, yeah.
    The second wins for me.

  40. Kirthi says:

    I like the paperback better, it has more emotion and feeling into it, more dark like the story. Love it!

  41. Diana Dang says:

    I love the paperback, it has a lot more visual and the model draws your attention.

  42. Grace L says:

    I like the hardcover version. Its very simple and very cute. And it’s mostly blue, my favorite color. :)

  43. Teresa says:

    I like the general feeling of the paperback version more than the hardcover version. Plus, I love the fog/ice effect–so mysterious, and very cool!

  44. shabbygeek says:

    Paperback, hands down. Absolutely beautiful.

  45. Esther says:

    I much prefer the paperback.
    The whole composition and colour combination I find really attractive. I would pick this book off the shelf straight away.

  46. emily O says:

    It was a beautiful book… it really drew me in emotionally.
    As for the covers… I love the original hard back- its so simple… but I’m strangely drawn to the paperback. I’m a sucker for a good photograph.

  47. Nina says:

    My first thought was definitely the paperback because deep down, I’m just a sucker for gorgeous eyes… but I think I like the hardback one better. It’s so… hopeful, sort of.

  48. Maddy says:

    I really like the serene and peaceful scene on the hardback, it really pulls you in to the deeper meaning of If I Stay. I also really like the paperback one though because it is very intense, and it makes you want to read more, though I don’t think it shows the deeper meaning of the story, it just shows a scene.

  49. Josie says:

    I love them both! I love the simplicity of the hardcover but also the intensity of the paperback. They are both truly gorgeous in their own ways!

  50. Brittany Gale says:

    I really love both the covers. I think I would say the paperback though because it seems to fit the story better.

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