‘What’s in a name? that which we call a rose’


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme being hosted by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple and can be found here.  Each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite (stop on over to Tenacious Reader to post your link so we can all check out each others choices).  Simples.   This week the theme is:

16th Sept: A bouquet for you m’lady – A cover featuring a flower/flowers.

Not as tricky as last week – I at least had a couple of ideas!  Anyway, my choice this week is Beauty by Robin McKinley.  A lovely retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale with plenty of covers to choose from:

And my winner:


Which is your favourite?

If you fancy joining in with FFO the themes for the next few weeks are below.  I’ve listed these as BooksbyProxy is currently a bit swamped and MIA as a result.  Don’t worry, ordinary service will be resumed soon😀

23rd Sept: Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, timorous beastie – A cover with a beast or beasts.

30th Sept: This solitary tree! A living thing – a cover with a tree or trees.

7th October: Consumed by the darkness within, it hides all our sins” a cover that is predominantly black.

14th October: There was once a princess, who lived in the top of the highest tower – a cover with a castle.


14 Responses to “‘What’s in a name? that which we call a rose’”

  1. mreadsbooks

    Yeah, I think I agree with you on the winner 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the last one: those red thorns are somewhat scary, but they catch your eye and don’t let go…

    • @lynnsbooks

      There seems to be a consensus about that particular cover. They’re all lovely and it’s a great read if you like retellings.

  3. jessicabookworm

    This book has some lovely covers; always helps when you have something lovely like a rose as your theme. I think my favourite cover would have to be the last one with the twisting rose branches 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lots of good choices for this which is fitting as it’s a good book.

  4. sjhigbee

    I think they are all lovely – what a good book choice, Lynn:). Have to say – I prefer the last one. The red-tipped thorns with the bright red rose shedding petals is atmospheric and beguiling – I also love the title font! Btw… did you know you are name-checked on the Angry Robot site with an extract from you review of The Dragon Engine?

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I agree with your pick. Though it’s hard to decide, I love roses, and all the covers feature them 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      There’s an excellent selection for this book. I was surprised at how many.

  6. Carmen

    I like the last one.

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    Dang. You know a book’s good when it has that many different cover treatments! I like the cover you chose, too. Simple and striking!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah. A good book and a very good author. I’m not surprised by how many versions of this one are available.

  8. cherylmahoney

    Ooh, what a great choice! And how funny that the rose is so predominant for these covers, when McKinley’s Rose-Daughter was so much MORE about roses… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t read that one. Will go and take a look. Thanks 😄

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