“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”


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:

Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

This week I’ve chosen : The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden.  I loved this book and am about to start reading The Girl in the Tower – which I’m so excited about.  So, here are the covers:

I actually like all these covers – the imagery is so beautiful but my favourite without any doubt is:


I just love this cover – I would pick this book up without doubt just because of how beautiful it looks.  Fortunately, the book is brilliant and lives up to the promise of the jacket. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover eh!

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover a potion/perfume bottle

Future themes:

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a potion/perfume bottle

22nd December – ‘Oh, we loves games! Doesn’t we, precious?’ – a cover featuring a Puzzle or Game

29th December – If music be the food of love, play on – a cover featuring a Musical Instrument

5th January – ‘The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.’ – Under the Sea

12th January – ‘More than one meaning have I’ – a cover featuring a Knot/knots

19th January – You know your A, B, Cs – a cover made up only of letters/words

26th January – “The grass is always greener on the other side of personal extinction” – a cover featuring grass

2nd February – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a Psychedelic cover

9th February – ‘My what big teeth you have’ – a cover featuring a cloaked figure 

16th February – ‘Groovy baby’ – a cover that is: Retro

23rd February – “There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me”  – a cover featuring a staircase

2nd March – ‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’ – a cover featuring something from Greek mythology

9th March – ‘…but Icarus flew too close’ – a cover featuring the Sun

16th March – ‘I got no strings to hold me down’ – a cover featuring a doll or puppet

23rd March – “When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.” – a cover featuring a Tower

30th March – ‘A little soil to make it grow’ – a cover featuring seeds/spores

6th April –  “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – a cover featuring a family

13th April – ‘lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it’ –  a cover featuring a panorama

20th April – Where there’s fire there’s… – a cover featuring smoke

27th April – ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture’ – a cover that is positively mediaeval 

4th May-  ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’ – a cover featuring a hand/hands

11th May – ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth’ – a cover featuring a dinosaur/s

18th May – ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’ – a cover featuring a gravestone

25th May – Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap – a cover featuring footsteps

1st June – clinging and invasive – a cover featuring creeping vines

8th June – Raining Cats and Dogs – a cover featuring a stormy sky


24 Responses to ““It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.””

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, I think all of the covers are so different. I would have to agree with you and admit the one you chose is my favorite too. I’m really wanting to pick this book up but it’s kind of slipped by the wayside. Hope you enjoy the sequel!

  2. Carmen

    I fancy the cover next to your chosen one; it is so colorful.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are so beautiful – and so surprisingly different.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Being familiar only with the original cover (your choice) I was surprised at the difference in mood and design from the other ones, that look rater… Christmas-y and I don’t believe give a correct idea of the story. The soft light shining from the center of the image in the original cover is the detail that most appeals to me 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it is surprising just how different these covers are. I don’t dislike the other style but just prefer the fairytale feel of my choice.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    I completely agree with your choice, it’s a beautiful cover, though none of them are shabby… I haven’t read this one, yet, though this week I have also featured a children’s book.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get chance to pick this one up – it’s a beautiful story.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… I’m still kicking myself that I passed on it when it was available as a Netgalley arc – I NEARLY requested it!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yes, I always feel the same when I skip over a good book but you can’t read them all after all.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        No… and I went a bit mad last night and added a lot of books onto my TBR…

  6. Rebecca

    The US edition is probably my favorite, but the others have such an awesome folk-art vibe!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly – you’ve hit the nail of the head for me there.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the one you picked best, but I also like the second one. I have never read the book, so I don’t know how well they fit, but the others seem a little weird.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think the covers that I really like for this series fit very well because the story has a lot of folklore and myth intertwined and a fairytale feel.
      Lynn 😀

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  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I almost chose this book for this week, and also for the week with the theme “snow.” I love all these covers! My favorite is probably the Del Rey one as well since that’s the version I own, but I have to say the first and and fourth ones are lovely for their brilliant colors!

    • @lynnsbooks

      All of these covers are lovely to be honest but I love the fairytale feel covers.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lashaan (Bookidote)

    I actually love your choice too. There’s something really mesmerizing about it. And very inviting. I like that all the other covers have this theme going on and have a similar style to them. This is also one series I totally need to try for myself soon. So much raving going on for it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The raving is definitely justified so I hope you get a chance to pick this up,
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    I have to agree with your choice, as it is an absolutely gorgeous, atmospheric cover. I really, really need to read this book!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you should too – although I completely understand the time constraints.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Too many good books… and not enough time in the day 😛

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