‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’


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:

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

This week I did have a couple of covers but I’ve gone for : The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which is a really great book:

I’m not sure which is my favourite this week.  Some of these are very similar and also quite familiar.  I quite like the first one, also, is that Cupid’s bow on the blue cover?  But, I think my favourite is:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring the Sun

Future themes:

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 “‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh what a fabulous choice – and a book I don’t know… I love all these covers, but I think my favourite is ach4 with the red cloak falling across the breastplate. The red against the gold works really well – but there isn’t a dud here:)).

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually think you would love this book. It’s really good and it was very well liked at the time. Sorry – not trying deliberately to increase your tbr.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        No… don’t worry, I shan’t blame you for single-handedly increasing my TBR to unmanageable levels… well, not much anyway…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Phew 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Is it odd that really none of these speak to me. I guess it’s just not a book I’d pick up. I do think the predominately blue one with a heart looks like a Hallmark card though and would never really consider that cover at all. Unless I was looking for a cute card.

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  4. proxyfish

    I’m definitely with you on the favourite! I love that typeface and the squiggly arrow underneath 😀
    The blue cover with the bow is also very nice.. I just wish it wasn’t edged by that white box!

  5. Carmen

    I like the last three covers on the bottom row.

  6. Tammy

    Great choice! I could not find a book for this week’s theme for some reason, but turns out there are lots of good ones😊 Actually I wanted to pick The Immortals but there is only one cover😐

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s quite often my problem – I have a book clearly in mind but there is only one cover so nothing to compare!
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the 1st and the 6th covers best! The 1st is the most intriguing but I like the simplicity of the 6th. They are very different from each other tho, so I guess it would have to be the one that best fits the story.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Probably the 1st – not sure about the Cupid’s bow cover. I like it but not sure that it really suits the book.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Greg

    Quite the variety of covers for this one. I think I like the 4th one and the Cupid bow edition, but I also kinda like the last one. Those three would be my faves I guess/

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was surprised at the variety – particularly the Cupid bow one – it’s so unlike all the others in terms of theme.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This week was a tough one! I actually really want to read this book, but as I recall, the cover never really appealed to me. Of course, I haven’t seen more than half of these! I think my favorite one is the one in the lower left corner. Much better than the one I’m most familiar with (the one with the turquoise background in the last row).

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was surprised that there were so many covers for this one – although, it was very successful so I shouldn’t have been surprised really. I came very close to using Gods Behaving Badly which is a sort of fun urban fantasy that I read quite a few years ago – it was the only other Greek mythology theme related cover that I could find.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, this has reminded me that I really need to read this book! As for the cover, I think I still rather like the simple but striking golden breastplate cover (third row on the right), which is the cover I have seen the most in book shops here.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I always have a hankering for the cover I’m most familiar with – unless it’s hideous that is 😀

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