Friday Face Off : A cover featuring a temple or religious icon


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:

A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

This week I’ve gone for a classic book and one that I haven’t yet read (although I do recall starting it a number of years ago) – perhaps I should revamp my classic list and add this on as one of my yet to be read.  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. There are (not surprisingly) a lot of covers so I have restricted myself to only a few:

I like a few of these, in particular.  I like the grotesque who looks like he’s contemplating life, the middle has a lovely play on shadows and moonlight?  and I love the cover with the bird’s eye view of Paris:

This week my favourite is:


I just love that whimsical view over the city.

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 dark and foreboding cover

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


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?


15 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A cover featuring a temple or religious icon”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I had a tough time with this topic! I think my favorite would be your pick, or the painted one on the left in the last row!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really struggled – I need to cut us all a break sometimes!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Great book choice. I actually like the last one in the first row. There’s something simplistic about it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like the simplicity of that one too. So many covers for this book – wow, I think there was like 59 pages worth on GRs.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I have to agree, my favorite is the one you chose! Interesting fact: I have a plaster copy of the exact gargoyle on the #6 cover that I brought back from my trip to France many years ago!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh wow, that’s so cool. I would love one of those on my shelves. Suppose a trip back to Paris might be in order.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    I think this is a great choice for this week’s theme, which I found quite tricky… And yes – the cover you selected as your favourite is clearly fabulous and by far the best of the bunch.

  6. waytoofantasy

    Great selection for the theme! I really love that simplistic looking cover up in the right hand corner. It plays down the gothic feel maybe, but the design works for me for some reason lol.

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Difficult choice this time, there are so many interesting covers! I like the one in the middle from your trio of potential winners: it conveys a very dramatic mood…

  8. Greg

    I like the fourth one a lot. And the eighth one has a sort of classic look to it as well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like both of those too. Particularly the fourth – it seems such a different style to all the others which makes it stand out.
      Lynn 😀

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