Friday Face Off : Your Current Read


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’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:

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

Hopefully this week’s theme should be fairly easy (although sometimes with newer books there aren’t always lots of cover to compare).  This week, and the book I’m currently reading, has two covers so this will be a face off.  The book in question is The Girl and the Mountain (Book of the Ice #2) by Mark Lawrence, and here are the two covers:



I find it really difficult to choose between these two tbh.  I like both of them for entirely different reasons.  I love the first one with the dark background and the font colour that really pops.  Then the character wrapped up in all those furs against the cold.  The second one is almost completely different in terms of overall feel with a much lighter tone and the character walking towards the rather foreboding mountain (whereas in the first cover she’s walking away from it – I had to take a second or third glance because the mountain in the first isn’t immediately obvious). I have veered between the two covers, and so perhaps my final choice is based more on familiarity but my favourite this week is:


Do you have a 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 series that you love – highlight all the books in the series



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


6 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Your Current Read”

  1. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi there Lynn! I haven’t done a Friday Face Off in ages and I feel so bad about it. My weeks are so busy and on Fridays I’m just poegaai (that means very tired in Afrikaans, you are very welcome to use it for a WWW!!)

    But today I did take part again. I’ve seen The Girl and the Mountain somewhere! Was it here on your site? It still catches my eye and I also prefer your favorite cover.

    Have a wonderful weekend and take care!

    Elza Reads

  2. Tammy

    I like the first one best too. I think that’s the UK cover, right? I won’t be reading this because I didn’t get along with book one, but I love the covers😁

  3. Rebecca

    I love the US covers for this series. I still haven’t read the first book even though I bought it when it came out 😅

  4. Lexlingua

    I have heard a lot about Lawrence, and clearly GRRM endorses his work, but have never tried any of his books. I think I like the second cover more (though not by a huge margin), because the first one… looks oddly manipulated / too obviously photoshopped? Tough call! Hope the book goes well.

  5. Greg

    Ooh wow that’s quite the cover! I like it!!!

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ooh, looking forward to see what you make of this book. As for the covers, I like both of them actually!

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