Well, hello there everyone, it’s Thursday, which means it’s that time again. That’s right, it’s time for Book Traveling Thursday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Every week, you choose a book that relates to the chosen theme (which is posted at the beginning of every month) and look at the covers that the book has from all around the world. You can find more information about it at the BTT link I posted above.
This Week’s Theme: Because we don’t always read fiction…choose your favorite non-fiction book.
My Choice: I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. In fact, there was a recent article where a child of addicts talked about possibly being addicted to fiction and that is something I do legitimately wonder about myself. I read non-fiction a lot for classes (especially my psychology classes), but not usually because I choose to read it of my own volition. As per usual, I’m really bad at sticking to this theme, but for the life of me, I couldn’t think of any good non-fiction that had more than one cover (looking at you, Furiously Happy and Modern Romance). So for this week’s Book Traveling Thursday, join me for a look at Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin’s bibliotherapy guide book (which Goodreads says is totally non-fiction), The Novel Cure. Honestly, I probably could have used this one for last week’s theme instead, but here we are this week.
Summary (From Goodreads): A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful—a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can—quite literally—change it.
The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote. Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the head (or heart). Aware that you’ve been cowardly? Pick up To Kill a Mockingbird for an injection of courage. Experiencing a sudden, acute fear of death? Read One Hundred Years of Solitude for some perspective on the larger cycle of life. Nervous about throwing a dinner party? Ali Smith’s There but for The will convince you that yours could never go that wrong. Whatever your condition, the prescription is simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals and in nice long chunks until you finish. Some treatments will lead to a complete cure. Others will offer solace, showing that you’re not the first to experience these emotions.The Novel Cure is also peppered with useful lists and sidebars recommending the best novels to read when you’re stuck in traffic or can’t fall asleep, the most important novels to read during every decade of life, and many more.
Brilliant in concept and deeply satisfying in execution, The Novel Cure belongs on everyone’s bookshelf and in every medicine cabinet. It will make even the most well-read fiction aficionado pick up a novel he’s never heard of, and see familiar ones with new eyes. Mostly, it will reaffirm literature’s ability to distract and transport, to resonate and reassure, to change the way we see the world and our place in it.
US Cover (Hardcover & Paperback)
So I actually own the paperback version of this book (on the right), but the hardcover is the earliest US edition that I could find.
(English, Portuguese, Dutch)
Don’t ask me why I like the snake one, I just do. It doesn’t even have the same medicine feel as the others so I can see why other people might not like it, but I just really enjoyed it, probably because it was such a departure from the rest which kind of follow the same theme. Plus it reminds me of that medical staff symbol with the two snakes (the caduceus, I think, correct me if I’m incorrect, please and thanks).
Least Favorite Covers
(English, Turkish, English, Chinese, Italian)
Okay, so I don’t really like too many of these for a lot of reasons. The first one is too minimalist for me, unfortunately. I don’t really know too much what’s going on exactly in the second one and maybe that’s because the cover wasn’t the best. The pictures of authors faces on the third seems like they’re trying to do too much and I don’t like the drawing of the man in the Chinese cover of the book. The Italian one is plain but also just very weird at the same time.
Remember to link me to your BTT posts. Have you read this book before? Which cover, if any, is your favorite?