Friday Face Off : is it a sad cover? #wyrdandwonder


As the month of May is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m going to be trying to use fantasy covers for my Friday Face Offs.

The details of Wyrd & Wonder can be found here.


IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

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:

 Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

This was tougher than I expected, primarily because the few books I had in mind I’ve either already used for the Friday Face Off (which isn’t a problem necessarily but I like to try and come up with something different) or they didn’t have alternative covers.  Anyway, I scrolled through my GR’s shelf – which unfortunately doesn’t have all my books but it is usually helpful) and came up with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  Take a look at the covers:

So, looking at these, I’m not sure if you’d say they were sad, but the first cover in the second row has always felt a little sad to me.  It might be because it’s a monster on the cover either approaching or looking on at a house.  I think Frankenstein has given me a soft spot for lonely monsters and the monster in this is not quite what he first seems.

My favourite:

Well, I quite like the first with the tree reaching up into a light coloured sky, it feels hopeful.  But, I have to go with the cover on the copy I read which is this one:


I know this is dark and sombre but I just love it.  And it almost feels like it could be a cover for the book I very nearly picked this week: Shelley’s Frankenstein.

So, which is your favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming 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).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀I’ll also be adding themes to take us to the end of the year this forthcoming week.

Next week – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

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.  


May is the month of Wyrd & Wonder and so I will be trying to focus on fantasy book covers:

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?


20 Responses to “Friday Face Off : is it a sad cover? #wyrdandwonder”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I think blue is a very melancholic color, so you definitely chose well! I think my favorite is the first one in the last row!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that’s a very unusual cover isn’t it, it really does draw the eye.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Oh, what an excellent choice! I would have considered it, but I’ve already used this book before. And my favourite is yours – no question about it. It encompasses the rage, along with the grief. I just have to think of the ending and it brings a lump to my throat…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a very touching read isn’t it – it exceeded my expectations in so many ways.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        It’s brilliant – and I encountered the film for the first time last month and even though I’d read the book, I wept at the end… They did it very well.

      • @lynnsbooks

        oh, I’ll have to watch it then.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Do! It’s worth watching – with a really good cast:)

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Your choice was the one that caught my attention when I looked through your list: it looks like a coal-drawn sketch and it projects a very ominous vibe! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s really ominous and I love that style of drawing that has a dark sooty feel.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I didn’t even think of this book, but it’s perfect for this prompt😁 And I love the one you picked as well, and also the last one.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was kind of relieved to spot this one because I struggled this week. I wondered if the last one was a movie tie-in but wasn’t sure if this had been adapted or not?
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    There are so many nice covers! I’m a sucker for anything with trees.

  7. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I like the one you picked as well. I think the bottom left one is really pretty but it doesn’t seem to fit the book very well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a very pretty cover – I was trying to figure out how it fit in exactly with the book and couldn’t quite work it out – but it is very eye catching.
      Lynn 😀

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  9. waytoofantasy

    Great topic, Lynn. A lot of the covers for this one are pretty good, I do like the one you went with though.

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