Friday Face Off : One swallow does not make a summer”


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:

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

I was trying to find one of those covers that has a sultry feel – I failed. What can I say, perhaps somebody else will have something of the sort. Instead I’ve found a book with summer coloured flowers.  This week my book is The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

This is a fairly recent read so i was surprised that it had a choice of covers and the first two definitely have a nice warm glow.   My favourite is:


This is a lovely cover, I love the colours and those little prisms of light give this a warm feel – it makes me think of Summer with the colours and the flowers.

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 something sweet

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


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.)

23 Responses to “Friday Face Off : One swallow does not make a summer””

  1. evelynreads1

    Oh I really like this cover!


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  3. sjhigbee

    lol… it didn’t even occur to me to think of something sultry! Perhaps that’s because we generally don’t do sultry here on the south coast – while there’s plenty of sunshine, there’s normally a bracing onshore wind to go with it… I love your choice of covers – lots of flowers and pretty girls – that’s summery enough for anyone! And yes… your choice wins out – a stunningly beautiful girl with flowers and sprinkles of light – bring on the candy floss!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – don’t you just love a good bracing wind.
      And now I want candy floss – although I never enjoy it when I do have it – too sticky.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Hm. I’m not as much of a fan of bracing winds as I used to be before moving here… too much of a good thing, perhaps! And yes – I don’t enjoy candyfloss as much as I did when younger:)

      • @lynnsbooks

        Bracing winds and candy floss – can’t say I love them either.
        Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I actually love ALL of these, great choice. I think the second one is my favorite, though. The design is so good!

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I kind of like the 3rd one because I’m not usually a fan of “real” people on covers. They do look summery though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I very rarely like ‘real’ people covers either but this one just works for me somehow.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That’s a beautiful cover indeed! With just the right hint of mystery… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, now you mention it, it does have a mysterious edge to it.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I really love this cover too. Won’t deny it”s what made me want to read the book 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is very pretty isn’t it – and the second book has such a different look all together – which is understandable.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Carmen

    I like the second cover on top and the second cover on the bottom row.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like that second cover on the top and very nearly chose it.
      Lynn 😀

  9. waytoofantasy

    Great pick. I love that cover too. The dress and colors used definitely makes me think of summer. ❤

  10. jessicabookworm

    I love the second cover 🙂

  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your choice! Tho I also like the 3rd cover with the purple flower ❤ Great choice for this one! It is very summery

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