Friday Face-Off – 17th July 2020

Friday Face-Off – 17th July 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover depicting something being held. For this theme I have gone with the classic Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

And the winner is… COVER G!

Cover G had to win this for me. I read this book for my GCSE English course in school and fell in love with the story. That was only reinforced when I also watched the movie adaptation starring Gary Sinese and John Malkovich. This was the cover I had back in school, and is the one that always reminds me of this wonderful book.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that is framed – maybe it features a picture frame, or maybe a murder mystery? Who knows!

Friday Face-Off – 10th July 2020

Friday Face-Off – 10th July 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring tunnel: “At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.” For this week’s theme I’ve gone with A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison.

And the winner is… COVER B!

This week was a tougher choice again – I love all of the retro sci-fi covers and would be hard pressed to pick amongst those. Cover B snatched it this week though. I think the monochromatic simplicity caught my eye, with all of the steam era sketches all around it.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover showing something holding something. Nice and cryptic!

Friday Face-Off – 3rd July 2020

Friday Face-Off – 3rd July 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring tentacles: “The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back.” This week I’ve picked China Mieville’s Kraken.

And the winner is… COVER I!

This week was a tough contest for me. There were a number of covers that could have won it for me, all for different reasons. Cover I stole it for me though. The ominous silhouette of the Kraken looming over the city skyline is all kinds of creepy!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a tunnel: “At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.”

Friday Face-Off – 26th June 2020

Friday Face-Off – 26th June 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring windows: “A house without books is like a room without windows.” For this week’s theme I’ve chosen A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

And the winner is… COVER B!

Simple and effective, with a slight hint of mystery. It’s as simple as that this week!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring tentacles: “The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back.”

Friday Face-Off – 19th June 2020

Friday Face-Off – 19th June 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover depicting time: “time waits for no man.” This week I’ve selected the H.G. Wells classic The Time Machine.

And the winner is… COVER J!

There were a couple this week that caught my eye including covers A, B, H and I. But given my love for steampunk, J beath them over the line.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring windows: “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

Friday Face-Off – 12th June 2020

Friday Face-Off – 12th June 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a cage or prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” For this theme I’ve picked Curtis Dawkins’ The Graybar Hotel.

And the winner is… IT’S A DRAW!

Covers A and C clinch it for me this week. In both, the prison bars look hand drawn which for some reason really caught my eye. Both covers are really simplistic but at the same time they drew me in. It’s definitely an interesting sounding book, one to add to my list.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover depicting time: “time waits for no man.”

Friday Face-Off – 5th June 2020

Friday Face-Off – 5th June 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover depicting flight: “The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” This week I’ve gone with Prelude to Space by Arthur C. Clarke.

And the winner is… COVER B!

In the week I sat transfixed to the TV watching the Falcon 9 launch, it felt only fitting to look for a cover with a spaceship. I have always been fascinated by space flight. Cover B just speaks to me, it screams of the era of the space shuttle.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a cage or prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

Friday Face-Off – 29th May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 29th May 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a silhouette: “As we drifted away from the Tower Bridge, I saw a single silhouette standing against the bright lamplight.” This week’s book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

And the winner is… COVER D!

I love the simplicity of this cover. The monochrome cover. The little flashes of red. The design work all nodding to a circus theme. This is a cover that would catch my eye on a shelf in a bookshop.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover depicting flight: “The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

Friday Face-Off – 22nd May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 22nd May 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

Things look a little different today! I am playing around with the new WordPress editor, and trying something different for the layout of the covers. Let me know if you prefer this to the old layout that showed one cover under the previous.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a cabin: “It is good to know that out there, in a forest in the world, there is a cabin where something is possible…”. For this theme I’ve gone with Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

And the winner is… COVER E!

Another classic I’ve not read but am very aware of. Cover E is really quite powerful. It really encapsulates the time period for me, and the life experienced by those in slavery.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a silhouette: “As we drifted away from the Tower Bridge, I saw a single silhouette standing against the bright lamplight.”

Friday Face-Off – 15th May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 15th May 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that is pink. For this theme I’ve gone with Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea.

Cover A:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 1

Cover B:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 2

Cover C:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 3

Cover D:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 4

Cover E:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 6

Cover F:

Don't Believe It Charlie Donlea 7

And the winner is… COVER A!

I struggled to find a book with a range of covers for this theme. But Cover A really caught my eye. That vibrant pink sky is incredible, and a little ominous too.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a cabin: “It is good to know that out there, in a forest in the world, there is a cabin where something is possible…”