Friday Face Off : New beginnings for a New Year


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 – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

I confess that when I dreamt up this week’s theme it really did seem like a good idea!  As it happens I did have a few books that kind of worked but to be honest this was much more difficult than I anticipated.  So, I’ve gone for a book that I think (aka hope) fits: The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.  I bought this a few years ago along with another of Kate’s books – Bitter Greens.  I’ve not had chance to read them but I figure I can use them here. See what you think:

The covers:

The bottom two feel spring-like and fresh, to me anyway.

My favourite this week:


Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so I can visit and check out your covers.  Thanks

Next week – A cover that is set in the Tudor period

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)


11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th April – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school

24 Responses to “Friday Face Off : New beginnings for a New Year”

  1. sjhigbee

    Lol… I took it as an opportunity to feature a book I particularly liked:)). I think your choice is great, though for once I disagree with your selection. I far prefer the top left cover with the girl standing in the light at the end of a forested tunnel. While they are all lovely and eye-catching, that one particularly speaks to me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s fascinating how we all find different things in the covers – it’s one of the things that I think is so good about the FFO.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        It’s my favourite meme:)). Thank you so much for taking it on and keeping it going – you’re a star!

  2. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    The simplistic beauty of the cover easily stands out among all them. I think the top right one is close too. Though I think I’d prefer if the castle on mountain had been drawn instead of photography (at least, it looks like a picture to me?)

    • @lynnsbooks

      You could be right – I hadn’t looked closely enough but that might be a photograph.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    These are all beautiful! I think my favorite is #3😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that’s a fascinating cover – I could blow that up and look at it for ages.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    What a lovely cover! The outline of the reading (and maybe dreaming?) girl seems to come straight out of a fairy tale… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think that both of the books I bought are based on fairytales – or it could be just the other book that isn’t displayed (and is definitely based on Rapunzel).
      Lynn 😀

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  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great pick this week! I really like all the covers! But I think the bottom left is my favorite 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the colours are lovely. The bottom two were my favourites.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    I love the one you chose but I also liked the one next to it.

  8. Scarlett Readz and Runz

    I loved this book so much. With my German heritage, I can tell you it feels very authentic. The different covers are beautiful…Bitter Greens is on my tbr…hopefully I can read it soon.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I still have to read it – well, both of them – but it’s good to know you enjoyed it so much – makes me want to bump it up the tbr.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yeah, for “fresh” one of the first things I thought of was flowers in bloom too. I love the cover you’ve chosen. The one beside it is nice too, but I think I prefer the colors in your winner.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both quite pretty covers but I like the style of the blue one and I do prefer the colours.
      Lynn 😀

  10. waytoofantasy

    I love this choice and all of these covers are fabulous!!! I love the one you picked but they’re all pretty great. I like the first one a lot too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all quite nice covers tbh. Difficult to choose really.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Such beautiful covers 🙂 I haven’t read Kate Forsyth’s books either, but I would definitely like to.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They were recommended by a good friend and by the sound of it I think they would be the type of book that we would both enjoy.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Happy new year! The covers are all beautiful. I’m always taken by the many faces a book can have. 🙂

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