‘I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls’


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:

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

I had to go classic with this – The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier – horror!

And my favourite:


I had to go for this one – some of these birds have had to become contortionists to spell out the title on this cover (but, I hasten to add, no actual birds were hurt during the making of this cover).

Which is your favourite?  Next week – Street Lamp

Future themes:

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”


16 Responses to “‘I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls’”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh, this is an awesome choice of books, Lynn:)). And you have some marvellous covers, too. I think my favourite is the French cover you have featured. There is just something about the way they are all wheeling around… Though the crazed bird pecking at the cracked glass is a close second! I’ve never read this story, although I’m a huge Daphne du Maurier fan – I think ‘My Cousin Rachel’ is the best example of a circular ending I’ve ever encountered.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The French cover is excellent – I’ve said to a couple of people already that I’m not sure why I didn’t choose that one – especially now I’ve looked at it some more. My Cousin Rachel is an excellent book – I loved it. That and Rebecca – hence the quote in the title.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Megan @ bookslayerReads

    I agree with your choice of favorite cover! The others just aren’t very appealing.

  3. Carmen

    Your disclaimer was hilarious, and very apt as well. I fancy the French cover; it looks menacing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the French cover is excellent, now I look at it again I really don’t know why it wasn’t my first choice.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The French cover, without doubt 🙂
    What could spell “horror” more clearly than a flock of menacing birds with a haunted house on the background?

    • @lynnsbooks

      That is a spectacular cover – just looking at it again I’m not quite sure why I didn’t go for that one – the house is brilliant.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Nathan

    I don’t even know the language but I like the one that says ‘ptaci a jine.’

    • @lynnsbooks

      The colours are great in that cover – the bird really stands out.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Interesting choice! I like the second cover the best – nothing embodies horror quite like crows dive-bombing a terrified child running for his life!

  7. jessicabookworm

    Great book and great cover choice, although I have the first (purple) cover … I believe I am starting to seem a little obsessed with this colour 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, at least you’re now certain about your favourite cover! Which is a good thing 😀

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    Daphne Du Marier is the best! I really like the 9th cover, the black and white one. So creepy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      She is such a remarkable author – which books of hers have you read?

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