11 international covers that will completely change how you feel about the book

We would NEVER judge a book by its cover…


Ok, so it’s totally possible. Of course it’s not ALL about the outside, we love what’s on the inside too. But sometimes the face of a book can change how we feel about it. Truth. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these international covers. They’ll change you.

1. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ courtesy of Sweden. There is so much to enjoy about this cover. Let is assault your eyes. You’re welcome.

swedish harry potter

2. Believe it our not… But this is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. We like the direction they went in, but it’s just SO DIFFERENT to the black, white and blue clouds we’ve come to expect. (Again, Sweden).

swedish fault in our stars

3. ‘Twilight’ from Indonesia. Who’s the blonde chick? Now you’ll spend more time than is considered normal trying to fathom it.

indonesia twilight

4. Russia have found a way to terrify you before you even crack the book open. Srsly. Terrifying.

russia the book theif

5. ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ from Italy. Love it. Also, makes us a little hungry…


6. ‘Cress’ from (yep, you guessed it) Sweden. Boobs ahoy. Ahh, didn’t notice the boobs? Now you do.

swedish cress

7. Another Marissa Meyer, this time it’s ‘Cinder’ straight from Spain.

cinder spanish

8. ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo and man oh man, the Italians are doing something SO RIGHT with this one. How suitably sinister is this?

shadow and bone italy

9. Ooh, look. Wistful ‘Vampire Academy’ from the Netherlands.

netherlands vampire academy

10. ‘We Were Liars’ just got even more intense… (From Romania)


11. And finally, here’s Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘The Raven Boys’ giving off a totally different vibe (which we’re still digging) with its German cover:


Which is your favourite? Would you buy different editions for your collection? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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