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…”

Friday Face-Off – 8th May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 8th 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 from  a graphic novel. Today I am dipping into Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key series.

Cover A:

Locke & Key 1 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

Cover B:

Locke & Key 2 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

Cover C:

Locke & Key 3 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

Cover D:

Locke & Key 4 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

Cover E:

Locke & Key 5 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

Cover F:

Locke & Key 6 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez

And the winner is… COVER A!

Technically I’ve cheated this week by picking covers within a series rather than different cover versions, but I’ll live with that. I watched the Netflix series recently and absolutely loved it. So much so I immediately bought Volume 1. I quite like Covers D and F, but A wins it for me. That house is imposing and ominous. It also looks pretty similar to the one in the series. I am really looking forward to reading this series!

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 mostly pink.

Friday Face-Off – 1st May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 1st 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 features a cat: “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.” I’ve gone for The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.

Cover A:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 1

Cover B:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 2

Cover C:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 3

Cover D:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 4

Cover E:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 5

Cover F:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 6

Cover G:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 7

And the winner is… COVER C!

I read and absolutely loved this book. A worthy sequel to a fantastic novel. The cat in the book is somewhat ominious, a portent of things soon to come. Something about the cat in C is ethereal, ominous in a way. I love the way it seems to materialise out of the smoke. And the piercing blue eyes are mesmerising.

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 from a graphic novel.

Friday Face-Off – 24th April 2020

Friday Face-Off – 24th April 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 features armour: “Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.” This week I have picked The Red Knight by Miles Cameron.

Cover A:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 1

Cover B:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 2

Cover C:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 3

Cover D:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 4

Cover E:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 5

Cover F:

The Red Knight Miles Cameron 6

And the winner is… COVER D!

Honestly, any one of these could have won it for me this week. I really liked them all. D edges it though. The composition is fantastic. The metalic heavy looking gauntlet grasping that large sword, the rich red cloak billowing, and the red splashes of blood on the metalwork. Eye catching, and intriguing. I love 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 that features a cat: “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”

Friday Face-Off – 17th April 2020

Friday Face-Off – 17th April 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 out of focus – double vision or all a blur. For this, I have gone with Mark Edwards’ Follow You Home.

Cover A:

Follow You Home 1

Cover B:

Follow You Home 2

Cover C:

Follow You Home 3

Cover D:

Follow You Home 4

Cover E:

Follow You Home 5

Cover F:

Follow You Home 6

Cover G:

Follow You Home 7

And the winner is… COVER C!

The chipped, peeling paint on the door and that ominous red glow cast a very unnerving atmosphere. It intrigues me greatly. Special mention to cover A – the mist that enshrouds the lone figure brings an imposing atmosphere to 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 that features armour: “Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”

Friday Face-Off – 10th April 2020

Friday Face-Off – 10th April 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 moody and atmospheric. For this theme I have gone with The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker.

Cover A:

The Sixth Wicked Child 1

Cover B:

The Sixth Wicked Child 2

Cover C:

The Sixth Wicked Child 3

Cover D:

The Sixth Wicked Child 4

Cover E:

The Sixth Wicked Child 5

And the winner is… COVER A!

This book and the two that preceded it in the 4MK Trilogy were a fantastic series of books filled with twists and turns and mystery. Cover A is so moody and filled with atmosphere. It exudes the darkness that flows through the series.

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 out of focus – double vision or all a blur.

Friday Face-Off – 3rd April 2020

Friday Face-Off – 3rd April 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.

April brings with it April Fool’s Day and this week’s Friday Face-Off theme – a trick of the eye, or something that isn’t as it seems. For this theme I’ve picked Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman.

Cover A:

Smoke and Mirrors 1

Cover B:

Smoke and Mirrors 2

Cover C:

Smoke and Mirrors 3

Cover D:

Smoke and Mirrors 4

Cover E:

Smoke and Mirrors 5

Cover F:

Smoke and Mirrors 6

Cover G:

Smoke and Mirrors 7

 

And the winner is… COVER D!

Smoke and mirrors – illusion or trick of the eye boiled down into a simple phrase, so that made this book an easy choice. Cover D is a nice, simple cover yet really effectively conveys the concept of smoke and mirrors. Cover E is a close second – I love the design and style of this one.

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 moody, atmospheric cover.

Friday Face-Off – 27th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 27th March 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 is a free pick – a chance to choose a personal favourite book. For this I have gone with the book that started it all – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Cover A:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone1

Cover B:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone2

Cover C:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone3

Cover D:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone4

Cover E:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone5

Cover F:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone6

Cover G:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone7

Cover H:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone8

 

And the winner is… IT’S A DRAW!

Covers F and H stole it for me. Cover F for me is iconic, it’s the cover I remember from back when the book first came out almost 23 years ago. For me this cover is synonimous with the series. Cover H is really eye catching, and as a Gryffindor myself, this one is another winner for me!

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 for April Fool’s – a trick of the eye.