“That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.”


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:

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

I had a few covers in mind for this but I’ve gone for Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer (Borne would have been another good choice by the same author).  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a varied selection of strange and wonderful covers:

I’m torn with this one – I like the first three on the last row but my favourite is going to be:



There’s just a sense of something really coming alive on this cover.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover that features grass

Future themes:

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


23 Responses to ““That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.””

  1. Carmen

    The one you chose is quite fetching. I like the first and last covers on the first row.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the first cover on the last row – it was almost my final choice.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I don’t know if it’s because it’s the one I’ve seen the most, or because it doesn’t confuse my head to look at it, but I like the first one. However, the one you picked is great as well and it would be my second choice. Perhaps because of the movie I’m seeing this one everywhere. Maybe I should pick it up.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The one I’ve seen the most is more often than not my favourite – reinforcement winning the day.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    Wow, great idea Lynn! I had no idea there were so many covers, I love them all😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – so many covers – I don’t think I even got them all.
      Lynn 😀

  4. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Anihilation was a great choice! Honestly,all of these covers are so unique and fantastic! Like really, I love all them 🙂 Had to choose, that second one is really sticking out to me

    Oh yeah! I’m back doing this meme for the new several weeks: https://wp.me/p53gyJ-4om

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – must stop over – and sorry I’m a bit late. The last week was a bit hectic.
      Lynn 😀

  5. todaysechoes

    This is so cool!
    Annihilation is a great book and all those covers fit the book perfectly. I can’t wait to see the movie 🙂

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first one in the last row reminds me somehow of the cover for “Borne”, so I guess that’s the reason I like it… 🙂

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  8. Wendleberry

    I love the first one, and it was the cover i wanted to own, but it’s the US cover and I could never find it. I also loooove the hypnotic cyclopes cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Such a lot of unique covers for this book – I also like the first one too.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    I like the cover with the flowery X on it the best! There’s something so striking about that riot of colour on a white background.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Such a lot of unexpected covers for this one and I like quite a few of them.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    What’s fascinating is how the titles are so understated on many of the covers. It’s hard to choose! I think I like the one in the middle with the rocks 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think we’ve all liked a different one for this cover so far.
      Lynn 😀

  11. sjhigbee

    There are some really awesome covers here, Lynn – and what an excellent choice of book! My favourite is the first cover on the bottom row – it has that sense of wrongness that runs through the book, though your favourite is really beautiful:). Hope you are having a great weekend.

  12. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I think your pick was my favorite as well, though its a tough call (also like the two on the left in the bottom row, and actually the one all the way to the right in the next to bottom row)

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