Friday Face Off : holding an object – just as it seems


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:

Holding an object – just as it seems

Firstly, a quick note in case you’ve spotted I’ve been absent this week.  I’m on holiday – not physically, but I have family staying (we are being careful of course but it is good to be together) and given the length of time since we’ve all seen each other I’ve not been reading and blogging. I’ll be back on board again in a few days.  Hope everyone out there is staying safe and well.

This week’s theme is hopefully a lot easier than last week’s I found the final book in a series that I loved, Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence.  Only a few covers but check them out:


Difficult to choose this week.  I quite like the cover with the green accents but at the same time it feels like it is aimed at a young audience – although that’s probably just me!  I like the first cover because even though the character looks young (which is appropriate I think) at the same time the cover feels adult and has a dark vibe.  The other two covers are very similar and whilst the character depicted feels a little older than I would like I think my favourite is:


Do you have a 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 – Framed – more meanings than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

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.  


24th July – Framed – more meanings 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.


22 Responses to “Friday Face Off : holding an object – just as it seems”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Totally understand, from the activity here I figured you must have been on break, and it’s definitely hard to take time to blog when family is in town! Hope you’re having a good time! For this book, I like both the first and fourth covers, but the latter wins out slightly because I love the colors!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it would be a bit rude to see people after such a long time and then sit there with my laptop open ignoring them – lol.
      Lynn 😀

  2. notesbyj

    Ooo interesting post. I like the first, third and fourth here. I think fourth also wins out for me – the colours are really nice.

  3. proxyfish

    I hope you enjoy your holiday! 😀

    I love the covers for Holy Sister 😍 they’re all rather wonderful! My favourite is the first though as it’s just so vibrant and eye catching!

    • @lynnsbooks

      He’s had some really good covers – The Girl and the Stars was really good.
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        Oh I am glad! I bought a signed hardback of The Girl and the Stars not long ago and can’t wait to read it! 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the first one: there is a good balance between darkness and light – not only in the coloring but in the overall “mood” of the image 🙂
    Enjoy your family visit! I know what it means to reconnect – physically reconnect – after a long time where phone calls and video chats were the only means of being together…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it was lovely to get together although I’m very far behind with the blog and reading now. Still, it’ll all come together bit by bit.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mareli Thalwitzer

    I don’t know this series at all. The covers all seem mystical, but I believe your pick is the best of them yes.

    Hope you enjoy your time with your family and have a good weekend. I’ve tried the Friday Face-off again, have a look in my Friday post Weekend Book Friends

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – the series is great for fantasy and grimdark lovers.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Tammy

    I hope you’re enjoying your time off! I absolutely love the first cover the best, no contest!

  7. confessionsofayareader

    Great pick this week!

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  9. sjhigbee

    Yes, I’d figured you were on a break – I hope you have a lovely staycation. We had one of those as well:)). I’m with Tammy – it’s the first cover for me all the way! Great choice for this week’s subject, by the way…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, we had a lovely time, of course I’m hopelessly behind now!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        That’s fine:)). We’ve all been there and no one is going anywhere. And I’m delighted you had a great time!

  10. waytoofantasy

    I like the cover you went with for this one although I do think Mark’s books have pretty interesting covers overall–he’s been pretty lucky with cover art!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, he has. The US and UK covers are always so completely different as well but always both versions are very good.
      Lynn 😀

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