Friday, April 10, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Atmospheric

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:

For me, atmospheric covers are the ones that immediately transport you to the world of the book that lies within, and more often than not they seem to be on the darker side, though I tried to pick some lighter ones as well. I decided to pick covers that do just that and really set the scene and that typically feature some sort of location (though there are also atmospheric books that feature nothing identifiable that might be neat to explore sometime as well), and since a lot of the books I chose only had one or two different covers, I just decided to share a variety.  (And I couldn't resist including Arabella of Mars which is quite literally atmospheric since they travel in flying ships that are way up in the, you know, atmosphere...)

The DeepThe Gobblin' Society  (Narbondo, #11)The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
2020 US Hardcover | 2020 US Hardcover | 2017 US Hardcover

The Tenth GirlSmall Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)The Hunger
2019 US Hardcover | 2018 US Hardcover

Foundryside (Founders, #1)Daughter of the Burning CityA Madness So Discreet
2018 US Hardcover | 2017 US Hardcover | 2015 US Hardcover

Arabella of Mars (Adventures of Arabella Ashby, #1)Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
2016 US Hardcover | 2017 US Hardcover | 

My choice(s):
The Gobblin' Society  (Narbondo, #11)The Tenth GirlA Madness So Discreet
This week we're going with a three-way tie! I think The Gobblin' Society and The Tenth Girl are stunning at immediately drawing me into the location and atmosphere of the story through a more literal location illustration, but A Madness So Discreet does it in a more subtle way with various details and the overall imagery. I didn't enjoy the actual book The Tenth Girl as much as I'd hoped, but I still can't stop loving that cover.  I love all of these covers!

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. Alma Katsu's covers just have this certain quality to them - cool collection this week!

  2. I love all these! You definitely get a sense of place and feeling when you look at them. My favorites are also The Tenth Girl and The Goblin Society😁