Friday Face Off : “I wandered lonely as a cloud”


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:

– a cover that is predominantly yellow

I thought this week’s theme was pretty easy too to be honest.  Hope you all found it relatively simple to find a yellow cover.  I’ve gone for a very recent read that I really enjoyed.  The Truants by Kate Weinberg.  Only two covers for this one and I think they both make an impact:

And my favourite :


I actually like both covers so it was difficult to pick a winner but I can see the relevance of this one having read the book.  I like the long yellow tree trunks – they almost look like paint streaking down the page and I think it’s really clever the way a trunk frames each side of the cover.  Plus I like the font – it’s like an old style typewriter.

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 seasonal for Autumn/Fall

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


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/Hotel

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.


25 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “I wandered lonely as a cloud””

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Gosh, it’s a tough call for me this week, I actually like both a lot! That’s weird for me, since I’m not normally a fan of “abstract” covers, but these are both really intriguing in terms of style.

  2. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Actually they are both pretty awesome. However, I have to go with the same one you chose – but only slightly!

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are both good – it was difficult to choose tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The contrast between the yellow trees and the car is very striking and the color chosen for the trees makes the look unreal while the car almost possesses three-dimensional relief: it’s weirdly attractive…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, that’s exactly it – ‘weirdly attractive’ and sort of strange but compelling.
      Lynn 😀

  4. confessionsofayareader

    I kind of like both of those covers.

  5. Greg

    I like that second cover too- it really makes me wonder what’s going on in the story!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Which makes it a winning design really – doesn’t it?
      Lynn 😀

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  7. sjhigbee

    I like your cover as I think the trees look more beautiful – and yet that black car seems a bit disturbing, whereas the horse is just worrying… It was fun to decide which cover to go for this week:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      That black car is disturbing and also quite appropriate to one scene in the story.
      lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I was hoping you’d say that – I do like it when covers do that:))

  8. Tammy

    I love both of these. It’s really a toss up, although I’m giving a slight edge to the horse cover:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both really good tbh and difficult to choose between.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Zezee

    I like the long, yellow trees too. It makes that cover look more appealing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s very unusual isn’t it – and a bit weird but compelling.
      Lynn 😀

  10. waytoofantasy

    I LOVE that cover. I’m partial to monochromatic covers anyway, so it gets me, lol 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a pretty cool cover – and I liked it more after reading the book.
      Lynn 😀

  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the cover with the horse better (but I haven’t read the book) The book page design on the horse is awesome and the way the trees have it a little bit is super cool too. Also I love the font!

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