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Comparing Covers #32: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.

I’m back baby! I miss my little feature and I hope you did too! After a blogging slump, I’ve rebooted and am ready to go again.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella is not out yet, but I did have the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of it. (P.S. I loved it!) Anywho, curious being that I am, I wanted to see if this book already had multiple covers and sure enough, it did! Yay!


Excited much?


Yes! To get you in the feel of the book here is the blurb:


After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprises, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

With a colorful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous, yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating–and surprising–they truly are.

After studying the various covers, my favorite will have to be US edition. Just because of the different font and  the more generic present that’s represented. Even though the runner up for me, the German edition is gorgeous, the flowers are not really representative to the story. The present actually is closer to the way the book is and the actual surprises that the characters get.

Comparing covers header Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

US Edition


International Editions

surprise me by sophie kinsella UK edition

UK Edition

Surprise me by sophie kinsella german edition

German Edition

surprise me by sophie kinsella italian edition

Italian Edition













Which cover of Surprise Me did you vote for and why?

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I’ve read two books from Kinsella and enjoyed both of them! I have Finding Audrey in my TBR and somewhat this article makes me want to read it NOW.

And wow, all of them looks wonderful! I am going for the German edition too, but the Italian one looks great too. So I guess I’m casting two votes hehe

Sophia Rose

Oh, tough one. I’m leaning toward the Italian for whimsy and the British for tone of the story. But the others are not bad at all.

Welcome back and glad the blogger blues are chasing away.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I prefer the US cover by far. The Italian one is rather hideous, in my opinion, LOL
I haven’t read anything by Kinsella in years. This one sounds like a lot of fun. She’s so good with humor!

Mary Kirkland

I like the US edition. They’re all cute but that one is very colorful and I liked it.

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Gah! They’re all really sweet and cute but I think my favourite is the German edition, surprising because I tend to like the illustrated covers more but this time the German one got me 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

These are all cute. Not sure how the bees tie-in, but like the Italian cover too.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

I really like the US cover but the German edition is a close second!!


I am shocked I liked the German cover first. I usually find them unappealing, but this one is cute. I think all of these are pretty nice, though. I can’t wait to read this book. I absolutely love Kinsella! She always makes me smile and giggle.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

The US one is my fave too! I like the colors, and yeah the box is a little plain-looking, but I like the illustrated style of it. I kinda like the Italian one too though, it’s different!

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