Friday Face Off : “I thought unicorns were more . . . fluffy.”


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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

 “I thought unicorns were more . . . fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

This week was a lot easier than I thought it would be – strange that last week with a theme of ‘King’ which I thought would be so easy I really struggled with, then this week I thought would be difficult, although I had one book in mind – and then it turned out to be really quite easy. The book I’ve chosen this week is The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier.  This was a book that I read pre-blog and so there is no review available unfortunately but it is a book I enjoyed by an author that I really like.  This wasn’t a fantasy read in spite of the title but involved a work of fiction that looks at the mystery behind a beautiful mediaeval tapestry that hangs in a museum in Paris.  I found it a really compelling read and here are the covers:

My favourites:

My favourite this week is:


Which one is your favourite?

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 we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover featuring a desert landscape

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


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

26th April “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood” – A cover featuring a sunrise/sunset

(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

3rd May  – “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue

10th May  – “As full of spirit as the month of May” – A cover featuring a festival/party/celebration

17th May –  “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!” – A cover featuring a fantasy beast

24th May – “bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)


20 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “I thought unicorns were more . . . fluffy.””

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    So this is one of the first time that I’ve not really liked any of them. The book sounds good though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like a couple of the covers but I really want somebody to make the colours stand out a little bit more. Some of them seem like faded laundry.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    Oh this is a great idea, I didn’t even think of this! I also read this pre blogging and loved it. My favorite cover is #5, I think because it’s so different from the others.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay, so happy you liked this one too – it’s so different from what we read but it was very good. I only thought of this because I’d been looking at tapestry ideas for something very silly.
      Lynn 😀

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  4. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your winner, but I also like the second one. That one is my favorite that actually has a Unicorn on it 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some lovely covers here to be honest so it’s a difficult choice.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the covers with a more… medieval vibe to them: the second in the first row, and the first in rows three and four. But with so many amazing covers it’s still difficult to pick just one… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all great choices actually, and I like them too – for the medieval vibe.
      Lynn 😀

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  7. sjhigbee

    What a great choice of book, Lynn and there isn’t a cover here I dislike:). While I think your favourite just edges it, I’m also taken with the third from the left on the top row – #11. I love the all the details from the tapestry…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love tapestries. And this is a really good book.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        It’s one I haven’t read, but have promised myself to get around to, one of these days…

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m drawn to the Chinese edition myself – in general, the red covers win this week!

  9. Greg

    Tough pick this week! I think I like the all blue cover and the green one the best!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, no shortage of covers for this book so hopefully something to appeal to everyone.
      Lynn 😀

  10. waytoofantasy

    Fantastic theme, I used to have a thing for unicorns Haha. When I was in elementary school I even started a unicorn club at one point because apparently I have always been a nerd! I enjoyed this book-it is the only one I’ve read by her, have always meant to read more.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked this one and the Girl With the Pearl Earring. Nothing wrong with loving unicorns or nerds for that matter 😀 They just so happen to be two of my favourite things.
      Lynn 😀

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