Friday Face Off : Twist the bones and bend the back.


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:

Potions –  hubble bubble

I saw a few covers that would have fitted this theme but I couldn’t resist going for The Witches by Roald Dahl and there are a whole bunch of covers – to be honest I only looked so far.  Here they are – you might want to zoom in in order to see that pesky potion bottle but it is there on some of these.

Plenty of fun covers here.  I really like the French cover for it’s slightly darker vibe but 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 – Dark Road

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.  


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, 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.


26 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Twist the bones and bend the back.”

  1. Greg

    Ooh fun! I like the green one, for some reason, and also that purple one. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some great covers for this, but then Roald Dhal – which meant there were also pages and pages to choose from.
      Lynn 😀

  2. proxyfish

    Oh I loved (and was terrified of) The Witches so much! Your favourite is also my favourite – I love the little mouse/boy running with the potion bottle along the top! 😂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, that little mouse i just so cute. And, yes, I was exactly the same – it’s actually a pretty scary story in some ways.
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        Definitely! I watched the film version not long ago with my niece and found it just as disturbing. 😂

  3. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    Hexen Hexen sounds so menacing! My favourite cover has to be the one I own which is bottom left!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, being familiar with the covers usually does sway your favourite choice.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi there Lynn! Great Choice! We’ve watched Hocus Pocus a couple of weekends ago and I was thinking that it’s time to re-read The Witches.

    I like the first one on the left most. With the blue cover. It just brings the little boy’s facial expression alive.

    Hope you will have a good weekend! Here’s my Weekend Book Friends

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you had a good week – apologies for the late reply. I’ve been doing lots of catching up with friends and family.
      Lynn 😀

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  6. sjhigbee

    This is a great choice for this week’s theme, Lynn – and a book that stunned me when I got hold of it to read to my daughter. I changed my mind, after reading the very dark ending – and left it for a couple of years! Yes – your choice of cover is also my favourite. Accurate and eye-catching, it isn’t too terrifying…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s a scary story and some of these covers are a bit dark.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Tammy

    I can’t say I’m crazy about any of these, I just don’t care for this art style, but i think my favorite is the second one.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I must admit that I love this style but to me it just screams Roald Dahl.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I love your choice, and also the one next to it (the second one in the first row): for some reason it makes me smile, and smile, and smile… 😉

  9. waytoofantasy

    Good one! I’ve never actually read one of his books but the movie to this one weirded me out a lot as a kid haha.

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh I love this book! I don’t know if I have a clear favorite…I’ve always enjoyed the illustrations for his books 🙂

  11. confessionsofayareader

    I love all these covers!

  12. Carl V. Anderson

    I so love Roald Dahl stories, and Quentin Blake’s illustrations for all of them are just so perfect. Makes me want to go home and pull out my Dahl books and start reading them again.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I also love Roald Dahl and the illustrations by Blake are just gorgeous.
      Lynn 😀

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