December Countdown, Day 30 : Family and Friends – a book with great characters

December book meme (details here).  Family and Friends – a book with great characters :


Friday Face Off : ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’


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, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – 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 horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

Mmm, I didn’t have an easy week with this theme.  I considered using a book with ‘King’ in the title which would have increased my book choices but then decided to go with a trusty favourite.  The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien.  As you may imagine there are a lot of covers for this book – a lot – I’ve restricted myself to just a very small selection:

The covers:

My favourite this week is:


This is a lovely special collector’s edition cover produced by Harper Collins.

Which one is your favourite?

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included 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 that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover featuring a unicorn

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)


29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th April – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school

26th April “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood” – A cover featuring a sunrise/sunset

(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

3rd May  – “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue

10th May  – “As full of spirit as the month of May” – A cover featuring a festival/party/celebration

17th May –  “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!” – A cover featuring a fantasy beast

24th May – “bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)

The road goes ever on and on….


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme being hosted by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite books covers.  The rules are fairly simple and can be found here.  Each week, following a predetermined theme choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.  Simples.  This week the theme is:

Like One, That on a Lonesome Road

A cover which features a road

I thought about this for a while and came up with a few choices but I’ve decided to go with The Fellowship of the Ring by JRRTolkien.


I quite like all of these to be honest for different reasons.  I like the first one that clearly shows the fellowship heading off into a mysterious forest.  The second one succeeds in having an epic feel with gandalf and his cloak flaring out.  The third image is very peaceful and rural, a perfect picturesque countryside – just before the darkness moves in!  And, finally a rather darker cover that reflects the seriousness of the Fellowship and their mission in I love the colours.

Difficult to choose this one but I would have to go for the first – I just love all the detail and the fact that the characters seem to be travelling on a road that is set to become darker!


Lord of the Rings read along, Return of the King, Part 3

Just finished reading the final instalment of Return of the Kings, the journey has finally reached its conclusion 😦  – sad because it’s now ended.

Of course we all know the ending and these last few chapters have just been the round-ups.  So, without further ado, to this week’s questions/discussion points:

What do you think Gandalf was going to speak with Tom Bombadil about?

You know, I’ve racked my tiny brain about this and genuinly don’t have the first clue (plus ‘racked my brain’ is probably a bit over the top as it’s so tiny – took me about 30 seconds!).  Maybe there’s a clue in the whole ‘rolling stones gather no moss’ saying but I really can’t figure it out.  Need to think on it some more.  I’m sure it will all become really obvious when I read everyone else’s posts and I’ll just be like ‘Doh!’

What did you think of the two weddings? Do you think Eowyn will eventually find happiness with Faramir?

I actually do think think Eowyn will find happiness with Faramir.  Initially they both seemed, to me, to be a bit slightly saddened characters, Faramir because of the way his father behaved and Eowyn because she felt a bit restricted/unhappy in the role she played and also because she had unrequited love for Aragorn (but, you know, take a ticket and get in line!) But, I’ve decidedpersonlly to give them a happy ending, in my vision they are totally enamoured with each other, they make each other feel good, their pasts are put behind them and they move on in a happy way (but I’m a sucker for a happy ending!)

What did you think of their meeting with Saruman on the road home?  I was half expecting someone to just kill Saruman.

Oh, my, god, I did want somebody to kill Saruman – but I think that if one of them had done so it would have been like a blight on their own character.  As it turned out, one bad soul killed the other which felt almost fair! Which sounds a bit wrong given that they both ended up dead  ultimately but it was inevitable.  At first I was almost thinking that if Gandalf had just sorted Saruman out then it wouldn’t have been so dire for Hobbiton  but I think Tolkien was giving the Shire a chance to stand up and show it’s metal.  And, I liked seeing the way Merry and Pippin came into their own like battle-hardened warriors.

Holy Cow I was not expecting the scouring of the shire.  If this is your first time reading, were you surprised? And if this isn’t your first time reading, does the shock get a little easier to swallow on re-read?

Well, I’ve already probably covered this above – it was a surprise, and I have no recollection of reading this the first time (maybe I skipped it ‘oops’) – plus did this happen in the film – I can’t remember it doing so?  Anyway, no the shock is no less a surprise because I genuinley had forgotten!

What did you think of the very end, of the departure of the Havens? 

This is another one of those ‘grey’ areas for me and I think maybe I need to read this bit again (another 8 or 20 times!)  It always feels to me that the people who leave on the boat are actually dying?  But that would just make me feel so sad so I’m actually in denial about that.  And, I’m fairly certain I’m wrong, but it feels like they’re on the last journey over the water with the ferryman taking them to their place of rest.  *shivers*

Characters are supposed to change and develop during a story, right?  Who changed more, Sam or Frodo?

Okay, my first thought was to say that Sam changed more and that Frodo couldn’t change and carry on with his life like he had before which is why he left.  Then I thought, mmm, actually, no, Frodo changed the most which is why he could no longer live the same life as before.  Okay, I was having a bit of internal conflict with this one but I’ve made my decision: Frodo.

And, so we’ve come to the end of our journey.  I almost feel a bit footsore!  Seriously, I’ve really enjoyed this read along and the discussion posts.  I hope that we can all do something similar again, after all:

“the road goes ever on and on”

Thanks everyone! 😀

Other discussions at:

All Booked Up
The Blue Fairy’s Bookshelf
Lynn’s Book Blog
Book Den
Geeky Daddy

Little Red Reviewer


The Return of the King

The Return of the King