When I got there, I was looking for French-language versions of my favorite YA titles. Most had the same cover (and even title) as their U.S. counterparts, but here were my favorite foreign finds:
|HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS|
(LOVE these illustrated covers!)
|AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES|
(aka "The Theorem of Katherines," which also works!)
|THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS|
("Four Girls and One Pair of Jeans" loses a bit in translation)
|Me with KATHERINES and SHIVER!|
|Table o' YA!|
|The YA section! |
They had it separated between French- and English-language books.
And of course, I had to come home with a foreign souvenir!
During my first trip abroad in 2005, I bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in a Waterstone's in London, mostly for the original British title (and for words like "jumper" instead of "sweater"), but also for the different cover.
|My British copy's cover!|
|My Canadian cover's copy!|
(I speak zero French and am clueless about pronunciation, so if I ever want to entertain myself, I can always try reading it aloud.)
Anyway, I'm nerdily ecstatic to buy books from this series all around the world. They will sit happily on my bookshelves with my set of U.S. hardcovers and set of HP audiobooks.
My next planned destination is Australia, so maybe I'll pick up this ominous version of Prisoner of Azkaban I saw online, which is actually marketed toward adults!
|This cover is all "dun dun DUNNNN."|
Besides collecting international copies of Harry Potter books, I always get a magnet for each new city I visit. When I was a kid, my neighbors had a magnet from every U.S. state on the side of their fridge, and I loved it.
I promised myself that, when I grew up, I'd have as impressive of a collection — but mine would be from around the world. (At the time, I'd barely left my home state and had never been on a plane, but I always had a travel bug!) I started in London at age 18 and have been gathering magnets since, and one of my favorite moments of moving into my first home was putting them on the side of my fridge.
Ok, now that I geeked out, it's your turn. What's your must-buy souvenir? And what book would you want a copy of in every language? Leave it in the comments!
* I'm obsessed with researching new places before I travel to them. When I retire, I want to work part-time as a travel agent. For Montreal, I got tech-happy and created a Google map of all the locations I wanted to visit. (I admit, I out-geeked myself with that one.) On the upside, I found somewhere that served heavenly poutine and had drinks at a fantastic brew pub.