Friday Face Off : Windows to the Soul


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:

Windows – windows to the soul?

So, in sticking with my desire to go with recent reads I’ve gone with a great read from a favourite author: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough.  I’m interpreting windows – as ‘eyes’ which are sometimes called windows to the soul – you could also literally choose a book with a window or windows.  Hopefully everyone found this week’s theme relatively easy.  Not a lot of covers, in fact, okay, two, but so very different.  Take a look:

I like both covers for different reasons but my favourite:


I mean, the second cover is great, deceptive even.  The woman in the pool, immediately gives off a summer vibe beach read but then the title with the blood red gives a different feeling altogether.   But this cover is classy.  You might not at first glance miss the person reflected in the glasses so that’s just an additional extra.  But there’s something very cold and clipped and perfectly manicured about this and for some reason it gives me the chills.

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.

Next week – Tentacles – ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’

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.  


3rd July – Tentacles – ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’

10th July – Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

17th July – holding an object – just as it seems

24th July – Framed – more meaning than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

31st July – White – a cover that is predominantly white

7th August – Action – a cover that depicts action of some sort

14th August – Glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

21st August – Potions –  hubble bubble

28th August – Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

4th September – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic and lacking clutter

25th September – A very busy cover full to bursting with detail

2nd October – A standout font

9th October – Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

16th October – Spider web – “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!

23th October – Ripped/torn – interpret it as you wish

30th October – Forest/jungle – ‘None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.’

6th November – Planets – “You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

13th November – Bright – ‘The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades’.

20th November – Words only – “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

27th November – Modern sci fi

4th December –  Fae – or fairy??

11th December – Lake – the mysterious lake

18th December – Highly Stylised

25th December- Freebie – or day off.


13 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Windows to the Soul”

  1. Friday Faceoff – Don’t miss the open windows trying to bang down the locked doors… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffwindowcovers | Brainfluff

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  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Both covers have merits, indeed: the left-side one is more mysterious, granted, but the one with the pool possesses an ominous touch – there is a shadow on the left of the woman that might hint at someone approaching with nasty intentions from behind….

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, both covers have those little ominous shadow people.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I love your interpretation, and actually her sunglasses work really well as “windows.” Great choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, especially with the reflection of somebody else.
      Lynn 😀

  4. confessionsofayareader

    Great pick this week!

  5. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    The one you picked is awesome but there is something really inviting about that pool. Hmm. may be a tie on my end.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I really like both covers, but the pool version looks a bit better for me today, just because it’s so hot 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, nothing like a sparkly blue pool during a heatwave.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    I really love that cover, with the sunglasses. There’s just something about it that is appealing to me. It’s such a normal picture but something about the way it’s an extreme close up with the reflection makes it feel slightly disturbing.

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