Friday Face Off : New Beginnings


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 (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – 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:

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

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.

This week I’ve gone for a fairly recent read that in spite of being set at a time of great change is also a book filled with hope. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher is an excellent read set in an unrecognisable world that has been stricken but sometimes an end can also be a new beginning.  It’s a great read that I highly recommend:


I love the dark frame and the contrast with the bright and vivid sky.  The little seeping of red into some of the words and the lone dog on the horizon.

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 –  vintage sci fi – “Live long and prosper.” – this could be a vintage cover or a cover that feels vintage even though it’s modern.

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.  


(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.

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 – this could be a chinese style cover, something with a rat or rates, or any interpretation that comes to mind.

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? – Lots of covers with ‘big’ dresses

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”, a place, a person, a flower – anything that represents something from distant lands.

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?


16 Responses to “Friday Face Off : New Beginnings”

  1. Friday Faceoff – In the Beginning was the Word… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffnewbeginningscovers | Brainfluff

    […] was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week we are featuring covers with NEW BEGINNINGS. I’ve selected The Wee Free Men – […]

  2. sjhigbee

    I haven’t read this one, though I have seen nothing but high praise from everyone who has. It seems like a lovely choice for this week’s subject, Lynn – and I also agree with your favourite. I particularly like the colour contrast in the font as the lettering spills into the black. So effective and eye-catching:). Thank you for all your hard work and thinking for future cover themes well into the year – it makes it so much easier to plan!

    • @lynnsbooks

      NP – I think you would like this book even though it’s probably outside of your usual comfort zone it does have a very hopeful tone.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Ah! And NOW you’ve sold it:)) Thank you, Lynn!

  3. Tammy

    I didn’t realize this book had multiple covers! I think my favorite is also the first one. Great choice, Lynn😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I didn’t realise either – I just got lucky really.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first cover is the one I am familiar with, so of course I do like it, and yet the middle cover – with both characters on the cover, looking at each other – is just as delightful 🙂

  5. waytoofantasy

    I kind of like all of these covers, but of course I like the one you picked because it’s the one that I see everywhere so it just has a sense of rightness to it lol. Happy Friday!

  6. Greg

    Ooh I want to read this. Love the first cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      You should read it, it’s so good. Would love to read your thoughts.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Nice pick! I like the middle one, with the kid and the dog gazing at each other!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was trying to think of ways to include some more recent reads – i tend to revert to ‘type’ with FFO so it’s good to have a few more ‘vague’ themes – although the newer books don’t always have as many covers of course.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Yes, the one you chose is definitely the best!

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