Friday Face Off : A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title


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:

A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title

Okay, hope everyone had a good time with this one and didn’t have a difficulty coming up with a book.  I was very tempted to go with one of two books that will be forthcoming reads for me but then, I couldn’t resist going with Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman:

My favourite:  Well, I’m not totally in love with most of these covers.  It comes down to two very similar covers for me:

I like the concept for these but they both have their faults.  I like the darker cover strictly speaking but the title and author disappear a little.  I would prefer the lighter version to not have the yellow box.  I think a combination of the darker background with the yellow font would be preferable.

But, my favourite is:


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 – 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



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


19 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the covers with the boot as well, the combination of that shade of blue with the gold from the stars and the sliver of moon is just perfect 🙂

  2. Friday Faceoff – Sometimes we need a little magic… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffcoverswithmagicinthetitle | Brainfluff

    […] was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week we are featuring covers with the word MAGIC in the title. I’ve selected Industrial […]

  3. sjhigbee

    Your choice is also my favourite, Lynn. Like you, I think that ugly yellow square on the alternative cover is far too intrusive and what swung it for me is that lovely, quirky title font. It just finishes off the cover:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Those horrible little badges and squares – I really don’t like them. Note to publishers – please stop defacing your lovely covers this way.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh, if you want to start up a petition, I’ll be right there ready to sign on the dotted line! I LOATHE them! Not that I rant about it. At all. In any way…

  4. Tammy

    My two favorites are the one with the two flowers and the last one. The last one is the original US cover which I own😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think the version with the flowers is the book I read and I do like it too.
      Lynn 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    Great choice this week!

  6. Lexlingua

    So many awesome covers this one has! Agree with your pick. It matched well with the Sandra Bullock movie I’d seen 🙂 Happy FFO

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I love the left one in the second row, but any of the starry covers are pretty!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I don’t think I’d looked long enough at that cover – it is lovely.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Nice one! I do love that original one with the boot aka ‘witch’s shoe’ haha.

  9. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    I think I’d agree with you!

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