Friday Face Off : Longest Day – a cover with your own interpretation


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:

Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

Today is the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, and with that in mind I’ve left the theme open to interpretation.  I’ve gone for a cover that always makes me think of long hazy summer days which is : Among Others by Jo Walton and here are the covers:

My favourites:

Difficult to choose between them but I think I’m inclined to choose:


I like the sepia tone and the sense of summer freedom that comes across with the little girl running barefoot through the field.

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 that is striped

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


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.)


21 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Longest Day – a cover with your own interpretation”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I totally suck. I have this book and it’s even signed by the author when I met her one year at Balticon, and yet I still haven’t read it! I do love the cover you chose though, for me it would be a tie between that one and the very last one (which is also in your top 3)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, difficult to choose between them. And you totally don’t suck – you read more books than anybody I know – and review them all – which is the sticking point for me as I always tend to fall behind in spite of the best intentions. But, at the end of the day, there’ll never be enough hours to read everything whether we want to or not. Drat.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Oh, what a fabulous choice! And it doesn’t hurt that I love, love, LOVE this book – it’s one of my outstanding books of the decade… She is a genius – every subject she tackles she does so with apparent effortless originality and talent. But this one is the first book of hers I read, so it holds a special place in my heart:)). My favourite is the first one in the lovely tangerine with the magical stars – mostly because that’s the cover on the copy I read… Have a lovely weekend, Lynn.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do love this author – especially her Thessaly trilogy. The tangerine cover is also the cover I read so it definitely calls to me. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Ooo… that’s wonderful! I didn’t know you were a Jo Walton fan, too:)). No wonder we get on so well!

      • @lynnsbooks

        She writes so well – I really need to finish the Thessaly series.
        Lynn :d

      • sjhigbee

        I loved the whole trilogy – I believe she has another book coming out this summer…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yes, I think I’ve seen something about her next book which looks very good indeed and right up my street.
        Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    These are all lovely! My favorites are #1 and #6, both magical and joyful looking😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lots of summery covers here – although it’s not what I originally started looking for at all.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Great book choice. My favorite is #1 but I can see why you picked your fave – it also grabs my attention!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was difficult to choose and I’d probably change my mind again if I had the chance.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    It would be difficult to make a choice with so many beautiful covers, but still my eyes keep going to the left-hand cover in the last row: I like the contrast between the light at the center and the darkness surrounding it… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was definitely a difficult choice and in fact if I go and look at these covers now I will probably change my mind again.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great choice this week! There are a lot of good covers, but for me its a toss up between the one you chose and the one where she is touching the water.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like that one too – it was a difficult decision.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    I love all of these covers so much. I’ve never read this book, but it’s been on my radar for a while. I think it would be one I’d enjoy.

  9. jessicabookworm

    I like your choice 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – a difficult choice because I liked a few of these.

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