‘Formula 86: My greatest triumph. A work of… genius’


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:

Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a potion/perfume bottle

This week I’ve chosen a book that (given the above) is about witches.  I didn’t have a book in mind at the time so this is purely coincidental but I’ve picked the Witches of New York by Ami McKay.  To be honest, now I’m looking at this I’m not sure that’s a bottle on the cover, more a jar – still if you stand far enough back it does look like a bottle!  And, what’s done is done!

My winner is:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a puzzle or game

Future themes:

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

11 Responses to “‘Formula 86: My greatest triumph. A work of… genius’”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’d have to go with the same one as you. I think it’s the label on the bottle more than anything!

  2. Tammy

    I love the cover you picked. I wonder if anyone will pick Perfume by Patrick Suskind for this week’s theme??

    • @lynnsbooks

      I looked at that book to be honest – but I haven’t read it yet and I usually try and pick a book I’ve read -although it’s not necessary.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    Yes, I agree…And it’s definitely a bottle, an ancient one.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Phew – I chose this one and then thought is that a jar???
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      by the way – i just tried to leave a comment on your latest post but I’m not sure it worked – I’ll check again but normally I receive a message saying my comment will appear after authorisation but this time nothing – it looked like it had disappeared.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    What a fabulous choice of book, Lynn:)). And yes… I entirely agree with your favourite cover – a really nifty, eye-catching design.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like your pick! It’s definitely the most interesting one by far!

  7. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read this book so I don’t know which cover suits the story, but I do rather like the first cover with the ornate looking gate. 🙂

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