“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”


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:

 ‘More than one meaning have I’ – a cover featuring a knot/knots

Wow – did I struggle with this topic.  I have to choose some easier themes.  Obviously ‘knot’ can have more than one meaning – I’ve gone for the knot in a tree and chosen a favourite book – it feels like a bit of a tenuous link this week but if you scroll through the books you’ll see a cover with a boy climbing out of a tree knot hole – bingo: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – I love this book:

A few of these are very similar but simply with different colours.  I quite like the fourth one along other than the red badge spoiling it.  My cover is the red one and I alway have a soft spot for the book with the cover I own.  But, I kind of like this one:


Something about the edges and the colours and the way the crooked man really jumps out.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover that features only letters/words

Future themes:

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 ““For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.””

  1. Carmen

    I love, love, love the first covers on rows 1 and 2, especially the one in row 2. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, interesting – I think what appeals to me most about both those covers is the colours, which I really like.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    It’s interesting seeing what people are choosing this week. I think I would really struggle with this topic. I think I really am in love with the all purple one but that’s no surprise…it’s my favorite color.

    • @lynnsbooks

      You were maybe from royalty in another life – purple was forbidden to us peasants at one time – or maybe not forbidden so much as so expensive that regular people couldn’t afford it 😀 I really struggled this week, not going to lie. I keep thinking why don’t I make it easier. Still, that’s the challenge.
      Lynn 😀

  3. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Tree know hole… I like it ;P I’m actually drawn to the Chinese cover, but I think getting a collection of all those colors from the style you like would be even better.

  4. Tammy

    This did seem like a hard theme, but I like your interpretation of knot. Not sure I’m crazy about any of the covers, but I do like the one you picked😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was really hoping for lots of ropes and a pirate theme but alas, it just didn’t happen. This was such a tough theme. I nearly gave up.
      Lynn 😀

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  6. sjhigbee

    Ha ha! I’m relieved I wasn’t the only one that struggled with this one:). I went for a completely different interpretation of knot, which add to variety to this week’s Face-off selection. I like your choice of book and your winning cover is GORGEOUS and jumped right out at me. Have a great weekend, Lynn.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Sarah, I came within a hair’s breadth of giving up! I knew what I wanted but I just couldn’t find it. That cover is great – it’s so similar, in fact so many of them are so similar, but that just goes to show what a difference the colour scheme can make to how you see the detail.
      You have a great weekend too.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Good thinking with your interpretation of the week’s theme! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – grasping at straws, I couldn’t come up with anything.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Captain's Quarters

    Oh I loved loved loved this book and think it is underrated. So yay for picking this one. Plus I liked looking at the various covers. Thanks fer the awesome post matey!
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks cap’n. I loved this book too and it saved me from walking the plank because it’s the only book I could come up with this week.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    Great theme interpretation! There’s no way I could’ve come up with any books with multiple covers featuring knots made out of rope.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought I had a couple of ideas – but I was wrong! This was a tough week.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Knot in a tree! That’s super creative – it wouldn’t have helped me any more this week though, I had a tough time with the topic too. I like the design of the book cover you’ve chosen, though I probably would choose the purple version as my favorite!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was even thinking of knots in hair! Didn’t help me much though. It just amazes me how many people love purple – everyone seems to love the purple cover. I suppose there’s a consensus there.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I am so happy to see this book featured! I actually picked up a copy not that long ago (the red cover) at a bookstore because it was on clearance. I hadn’t really ever heard of it, nor really seen it around in the book blogosphere. Something about it just said “buy me” lol I’m happy to see you enjoyed it! I need to pick it up soon 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love this book and the red cover is the one I own. But, I just love the white and gold – for some reason it makes my eye pick up the extra detail that I seem to overlook i the red version. I hope you enjoy it.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Amber

    I like all the covers with the tangled trees and the brambles! There’s so much to find on those ones, like a treasure hunt. 🙂

  13. Wendleberry

    Oh, i love this book! I own the red, black, and white cover, but i love all of the colours in that design very much. And i love the other Connolly book covers that have similar designs.

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