Friday Face Off : “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”


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 – I’ll be updating the list next week to include themes for 20202, 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 is:

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

This week I’ve chosen a book that I read pre-blog so there is no review for this one – but plenty of wintry covers and a ghost story.  The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse:

This week my favourite is:


I really like the way the frost is encroaching along the edges of the book with the bare branched trees framed in the middle.

Which is your favourite?

I’ve 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 then 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 features a temple or religious icon

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like


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.

3rd January – New Beginnings – “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

10th January – vintage sci fi – “Live long and prosper.”

17th January – Horizon – “Your “beautiful” ship killed its crew, Doctor.”

24th January – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

31st January – First Contact – “Ack, Ack, Ack, we come in peace”

7th February – Lion- “Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”

14th February – romantic – “thus with a kiss I die”

21st February – meringue – the puffy dress?

28th February – Leap Year – One Ring to rule them all – A cover with a ring

6th March – Skeleton – them bones, them bones, them dry bones…

13th March – Exotic – ‘That which yields, is not always weak”

20th March – Brown – a cover or covers that are brown

27th March – Freebie – choose one of your favourite covers

3rd April Fools – a trick of the eye – a cover that is more than meets the eye

10th April – Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

17th April – out of focus – double vision or all a blur

24th April – Armour – ‘“Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”

1st May – Canine – “And then there were cats, thought Dog.:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?


22 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York””

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Love your pick, and the first one in the second row is also gorgeous. And hooray, a new list for the new year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay to a new list – trying to go for something a bit different and more open to interpretation.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Davida Chazan

    To be honest, I think I like the one with the leaves on the snow better. But hey, matter of taste, right?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Absolutely – it’s something that I love about the FFO – it really demonstrates how different we all are in our tastes.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I love wintry books even though in real life, not so much. I actually like the one with the leaves as well, although all the blue ones are really cool. I think maybe it’s because it’s standing out to me because it’s different.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m more an autumn lover than a winter lover – I love it in books but not when it’s snowy and freezing everywhere. Makes being an adult too difficult.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love your favorite too. I also love #5!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was difficult to choose, I actually like a few of these tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The “frozen windowpane” effect of your choice is eye catching, indeed, and I’l second Mogsy’s vote for the first cover in the second row – that snowbound cottage is mesmerizing 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      The cottage is a lovely cover with beautiful colours. Very eye catching indeed.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Greg

    I think I like the first two- and the eighth one is kinda cool too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes,the leaves on the snow cover is very unusual and eye catching because it’s so completely different to the rest.
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    I really love that edging on your choice, Lynn – but I have to go with the majority this week… my favourite is that cottage! What a brilliant book to choose for this week’s theme. And many, many thanks for having sat down with everything else you’ve got on your plate – and taken the time and trouble to plan out well into 2020 our ongoing themes. You are SUCH a star!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Sarah – it helps of course that I so enjoy the FFO.
      Lynn 😀

  8. confessionsofayareader

    I surprisingly like quite a few of the covers. That rarely happens.

  9. waytoofantasy

    Oh this is a great one. I love how so many of these are blue, I guess that is a sort of winter color because it’s ‘cool’ even though the sky is always gray in winter lol. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, you tend to think of blue as a winter colour but you’re right, the sky is more often than not a steely grey.
      Lynn 😀

  10. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the last cover best! But all the covers definitely have a winter vibe, great choice!

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