Friday Face Off : Serpentine – could be a snake, could be a snake-like font, could be a snakeskin style cover


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:

Serpentine – could be a snake, could be a snake-like font, could be a snakeskin style cover

I didn’t have a particular book in mind for this but I felt sure I could come up with something.  As it happens, I’ve gone for  a book I own but haven’t read yet: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

My favourite:


I’ve updated the list now to include themes for next year.  If you know of an event that’s coming up let me know and I’ll try and include covers that work for the event itself so that you can link up to the Friday Face Off and, 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.  Also, I would just mention that it’s very possible that some of these might be repeats from previous FFOs although I have tried to invent more ‘open ended’ prompt that can be interpreted differently and also prompts that relate to emotions.  Finally, don’t struggle with any of these, this is meant to be a fun way of highlighting books.  If you can’t come up with a book you think fits for a particular week use a freebie – perhaps a recent read for example:

Next week – A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title



26th – A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title


5th – March is named for the Roman God of War – a Roman style cover or a cover with a God or Gods or simply a book about war

12th – Middle Grade – choose whatever pleases you

19th – Ruin or derelict, old and worn, could be the book itself, a building, a place

26th – A picture within a picture


2nd – A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.

9th – Cartoonish or graphic

16th – I have to have it – a cover that gave you ‘grabby hands’

23rd – Your current read (if it has covers to compare) or any recent read

30th– A series that you love – highlight all the books in the series


Month of Wyrd and Wonder

7th – A Series where the cover changed midway through – which style do you prefer most

14th – The earliest fantasy you recall reading – or the first fantasy book you really loved, maybe the book that kickstarted your love of fantasy

21st – The Top Hat

28th – The Hood


4th – The nose boop – any animal, or human, with a close up shot.

11th – A cover that annoyed you and why

18th – Out of Perspective, or make you feel a bit dizzy

25th – Upside down, back to front or topsy turvy


2nd – A book with a landscape you’d like to visit

9th – A Wicked Grin

16th – Books with ‘book’ in the title

23rd – A Black Hole – could be in the universe or going deep into the ground

30th – Chaos – maybe too much going on in this one


6th – “They cluck their thick tongues, and shake their heads and suggest, os so very delicately!” – The Motel

13th – A favourite holiday read

20th – Dressed to kill (could be literally someone dressed to kill, or someone dressed up for a big night out

27th – Sunbathing or on the beach

September (RIP event)

3rd – 1920s feel, noir detective

10th – I’m Henry the Eighth I am – let’s look at Kings or other Emperors/rulers

17th – Books with ‘Murder’ in the title

24th – A favourite thriller


1st – A Halloween read

8th – Chills – anything at all that almost makes you too scared to pick up the book (your own pet hate)

15th – Your favourite book of magic

22nd – Books with ‘Queen’ in the title

29th – Must be gothic

November – Sci Fi Month

5th – Your earliest sci-fi read or the first sci-fi you reviewed

12th – A book with ‘star’ in the title

19th – Futuristic vista

26th – A Black Hole – in the universe or going deep into the ground


3rd – Windswept, the classic figure, stood majestically, with wind blowing out in a fetching way

10th – A fairytale retold

17th – Winter Solstice approaching – anything cold and seasonal

24th – All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?

31st – What’s your catnip – if it’s on a cover you have to pick it up


24 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Serpentine – could be a snake, could be a snake-like font, could be a snakeskin style cover”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    It would be a hard choice between the first and third cover, because I love the overall them and keep switching between the blue and the green color choice… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was pretty much the same going between the two.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    It’s the first cover! I am constantly surprised at what a huge difference in tone and mood just shifting the colours can make. I’m immediately drawn to the warmer feel of the orange and yellow accents, rather than the cooler blue. This is a book that has intrigued me for a long time – but it’s making time for it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, exactly, I bought it ages ago and still haven’t managed to squeeze it in.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        *sigh* Oh I know that scenario!!

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    What a beautiful cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a lovely design and one that always pulls me in.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Yvonne (@Fiction_Books)

    I’m definitely a fan of the first cover, much prefer the warmer colours, it doesn’t make the whole ‘snake thing’ quite so creepy somehow!

    It took me a while to find this one, as I remember one of my Goodreads friends sharing it some time ago, but I couldn’t quite remember which friend it was ‘The Snakes’ by Sadie Jones has two different colour options and once again I prefer the warmer orange colours over the harsher yellow…

    Thanks for a great post and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    Yvonne Xx

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Yvonne. Hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoy your week.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mareli Thalwitzer

    I’ve never heard of Essex Serpent, but your chosen cover sure is the best of them! It’s a lovely cover.

    I’ve been absent a bit and will most probably be absent still for the next month. School is hectic at this stage, but we are not complaining at all. Lovely to be back.

    I did manage to work a Friday Face Off into my Friday Post.

    Have a good weekend Lynn and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

    • @lynnsbooks

      Life just happens doesn’t it. Hope you had a good weekend.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Tammy

    For me its a toss up between the first and third covers, both are lovely😁

  8. waytoofantasy

    You’ve reminded me that I have this book in my TBR pile somewhere haha. I may have bought it mostly due to the cover lol. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, same. I bought this ages ago but haven’t carved out time.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, what a burst of color! I love that one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are lovely covers – I just love the design.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lexlingua

    Good selection for this week’s FFO! I guess the first cover gives it a fantasy book feel, so they came out with the third cover for a more “literary” look? Would be interesting to speak to the designer about this, haha

    • @lynnsbooks

      Indeed it would – that’s a great idea. I should seek out some cover designers for interviewing.
      Lynn 😀

  11. confessionsofayareader

    I think I like the first one a bit more since I like bright colors. But I also like your choice a lot.

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