Friday Face Off : The earliest fantasy you recall reading


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:

The start of Wyrd and Wonder.  A month long celebration of fantasy. The earliest fantasy you recall reading – or the first fantasy book you really loved, maybe the book that kickstarted your love of fantasy

May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder so for the FFO themes I’m choosing fantasy books:


This is an easy one for me  I did read a few fantasy books that I recall quite young, The Wizard of Oz, The Borrowers and The Wind in the Willows spring to mind immediately.  But, without doubt the book that sealed my love of fantasy fiction was Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, I’m pretty certain I read this when I was about 15 and I’m also fairly confident that I formed a huge crush on Aragorn.  Here is a small selection of covers.

My favourite this week:  I can’t really choose but I like these three because : Gandalf/Epic/Ring:

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 – The start of Wyrd and Wonder.  A month long celebration of fantasy : The Top Hat



Month of Wyrd and Wonder

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


14 Responses to “Friday Face Off : The earliest fantasy you recall reading”

  1. Steve Smith

    I have to confess to changing some of the themes lately. For mw, this week is mountain. And oddly enough my pick was The Hobbit!

  2. claudiarachel

    By complete coincidence I have written about my earliest reading memories today! Mine are mainly gothic fiction but I think otherwise the Hobbit is definitely an early memory for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ooh, I love gothic fiction. I will have to check out your post.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Eh eh…. I would have gone with Tolkien as well, no surprise there 😉
    And my favorite is the first one from your three choices, since it’s the cover of the book I own…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s a cover I’m also very familiar with and so I also like it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi Lynn! Haven’t spoken to you in ages. Or does it only feel like that?

    I still haven’t read The Lord of the Rings, I constantly give it out to the kids at school, but didn’t get to it myself. Yet. I will definitely still read it one day! I think I need to take a year and just read what is on my bookshelf at home and at school. Ignore Goodreads and all the popular books on the blogosphere…

    Anyway! I like the cover that is first on your favorite list, the most!

    Hope you will have a good weekend and I also did a Friday Face-Off for a change again!

    Elza Reads

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks to be honest. Just starting to catch up now with blogging and blog hopping. Looking forward to catching up with your blog.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I like the middle one (from your favorites). Great choice, I love seeing all these older books today😁

  6. @lynnsbooks

    Yes, it’s nice to have a change. I try to focus on newer reads more often than not.
    Lynn 😀

  7. Lexlingua

    Now why didn’t it ever strike me to check out all the LOTR covers? Because I was waiting for you to spotlight them. 😂 I like best the one in the middle, in the second row.

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