Blog post logo for Book Traveling Thursday showing different covers of book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is Friendship. International Day of Friendship is in two days. Choose a book where friendship matters. When I read that I know that my favourite book of this year hits the brief perfectly. I have opted for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. ItT is the most heartbreaking story I’ve ever read and the only one that made me cry so much that I was just unable to read and finish last pages. Friendship is a big part of the story, it starts with a friendship of a group of four friends but evolves to be the strongest and most astounding friendship between Jude and Willem, and there are so many other amazing friendships created in the story – friendship between Jude and Andy, Jude and Harold. Those are just wonderful!


The much lauded new novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, the acclaimed author of The People in the Trees. An epic story of love and friendship in today’s world, sure to be the literary event of the season in paperback.

In Hanya Yanagihara’s profoundly moving novel, four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York in search of fame and fortune. Broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition, over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. At the center of the group is withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a terrifyingly talented litigator scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A work of profound power and beauty and a hymn to brotherly bonds, A Little Life is a masterful depiction of love and friendship in the twenty-first century; and the families that we choose, rather than the ones we are born into. In Jude’s story, Yanagihara has fashioned a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance like no other.

Check out this book and my mini review on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon

– Original Cover –


English US, Published March 10th 2015 by Doubleday

– Cover from Poland –


Polish, Published April 27th, 2016 by Wydawnictwo W.A.B.

Yey, the Polish cover is not horrible! It looks quite nice and takes ideas from UK and US cover versions. Also, they didn’t make some terrible play on the book title and just left is as it is, and the title translates back as ‘A little life’.

– Favourite Cover –


Swedish, Expected publication: October 14th, 2016 by Albert Bonniers Förlag

This cover is only a little bit different from the original one, the colour one is different and is a bit zoomed out. And for me somehow it feels better, more accurate for the story. More of a warm colour tone suits this story better.

– Least Favourite Cover –


English UK, Published August 13th, 2015 by Picador

Not big of a choice, from the four different covers of the book this one is my least favourite and also this is the cover with which I have a physical copy of the book.

Also, how can I get my hands on this tote bag or t-shirt?

16 thoughts on “BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Friendship

  1. Anne says:

    I also have the one with your least favourite cover 😀. Didn’t think it was too bad! If I hadn’t already known what the story was about, the ones with the guy in it would’ve made me think he’s about to have an orgasm or taking a dump ;).

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  2. Esther says:

    My favorite is the Polish one! It’s pretty cool. The original is definitely iconic by now, but it makes me so uncomfortable (which is sort of the point, from all I’ve heard of this book)!

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