‘Nasty smelly things, motorcars!’


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple 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.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

Car “Drivin’ along in my automobile”:

Today I’ve gone for J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  Suffice to say that there were a plethora of covers for this one so I tried to restrict myself to those simply with cars on the front:

I really like the bottom two although I think my favourite would have to be:



Do not ask me why but it just gives me a Howl’s Moving Castle vibe!   Next week: Aliens!!

Which is your favourite?

Future themes:

24/02/2017 Alien – “Aliens – if they exist-are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature”

03/03/2017 – Playing cards “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well” or – Spring: a cover that is mainly the colour green.

10/03/2017 – School “I never let my schooling interfere with my education”

17/03/2017 – Bird “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs are too sweet and wild”

24/03/2017 – Street lamp “He stood under the street lamp, sleet settling in his hair, hands fisted at his side”

31/03/2017 – Casino “Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework “

07/04/2017 – Circus “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town!

14/04/2017 – Easter “The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate”

21/04/2017 – Bridge “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to push forward”

28/04/2017 – Beach/Seaside”Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”

05/05/2017 – Lion “If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off”

12/05/2017 – Phone “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it”

19/05/2017 – Plane “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”

26/05/2017 – Mice “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”

02/06/2017 – Moon “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

09/06/2017 – Mummy “It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness”

16/06/2017 – Guitar “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar”

23/06/2017 – Cat “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”

30/06/2017 – Hat “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself “

07/07/2017 – Gold “All that is gold does not glitter”

14/07/2017 – Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”


25 Responses to “‘Nasty smelly things, motorcars!’”

  1. S. C. Flynn

    For me, the first one

  2. Tammy

    I love the one you picked, too. I just love illustrated covers, and that one is gorgeous:-)

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    I’m gonna agree with S.C., I like the first one the best. Good choice with The Snow Queen by the way, I have no idea what I’d pick because somehow I can’t think of a single cover with diamonds on it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly – I can’t believe how hard this one was. I felt convinced there must be a diamond encrusted crown somewhere out there but I simply couldn’t find one!
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Great choice! And it *must* be chilling, after all, given the subject matter… 😉

  5. jessicabookworm

    This has some really striking covers – I love your winning choice as I think it is chillingly beautiful!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Jessica – there are some lovely covers to choose from for this one.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The one you picked is definitely the one that drew my eye the most!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s really eye catching. The others are good but this one just grabbed me!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Rebecca

    I LOVE your pick! The very first cover is cool just because of the headdress and dress.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some lovely covers for this one – which isn’t a surprise as it’s such a classic. The detail in the first is gorgeous.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Zezee

    I love the first one because of the details in her clothing and her wide-eyed stare, which makes her seem kinda alien.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a lovely cover – and yes, she does look a little alien somehow.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Agreed with your choice, I love the artwork there. Glad I was able to join in the fun this week, I almost couldn’t find a book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I struggled with this one! I felt there must be a crown with jewels on a book cover somewhere but I couldn’t uncover it.
      Lynn 😀

  10. sjhigbee

    Oh for sure, they are definitely diamonds – or they would be dribbling and melting, right? A nice choice. My favourite is The Snow Queen 7, which the blue and white cover, it looks beautiful cool and chilly!

  11. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Yep, I like your choice the best 🙂

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I was hoping I would see this one on someone’s page! As I was thinking of covers featuring cars, this was one that came up too. I like your choice as well 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a few choices but this was the only one that I’d actually read.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Danya @ Fine Print

    I think the one you chose is the nicest, but my favourite is the second one because it’s the edition that I own and first read when I was young! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think you always have a soft spot for the book you own – unless it’s totally hideous that is!
      Lynn 😀

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