Friday Face Off :  “As full of spirit as the month of May”


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

FFOHere 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:

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

Well, I confess, I struggled with this one and had to go with a classic because I knew I’d find a cover that fit somehow.  I hope everyone managed this easier than I did!  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and a couple of covers with the Mad Hatter’s tea party:

I quite like a few of these to be honest.  But, I think my favourite, because it seems to fit in my mind with the imagery I always picture for this novel, is this one:


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 fantasy beast

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


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

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 :  “As full of spirit as the month of May””

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I am drawn to the one with the rabbit. And I have to admit, I can’t stand this tale. I really wanted to smack Alice up the side of the head. Now Wonderland, it was fine. But her!

    • @lynnsbooks

      haha – it’s a very unusual tale. I’ve not read it for ages but I recall thinking that the author must have been on something psychedelic when he wrote it!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    This is a great choice! And I had a tough time with this as well. I do love the cover you chose the best, although several of these are really eye catching😁

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That’s a truly lovely cover Lynn! The fuzzy effect on the colors around the main image is quite eye-catching 🙂

  4. foreverlostinlit

    What a coincidence, I also went with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! I knew it woul dhave something in the celebratory realm, haha. I love the one you choose, as well as the red one with the rabbit and the one in the upper right. These are all so fun.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I also loved the rabbit cover – it was a tough choice.
      Lynn 😀

  5. mervih

    Great choice. I really like the party scene, the second book in the first row.
    I don’t think I’ve seen many books with a party in the cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it was tough this week finding a cover – the other party I thought of was Bilbo’s party from the Hobbit – maybe it has a cover but I decided to go with the Mad Hatter.
      Lynn 😀

      • mervih

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen Bilbo’s party as a cover. That would certainly be a different idea for a new printing. Smaug and the Misty mountains are the covers that come to my mind, in addition to the movie covers, of course.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    That’s a great “classic” cover! And yes, this week’s was hard!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Too hard! I need to think of some easier themes – give us all a break.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your choice 🙂 It is a great cover! Though maybe not as wacky as the book deserves?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, quite sedate really when you think of the content. 😀

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    I love Alice in that little blue dress. Plus this has the cat on it too. ❤

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