Friday, July 17, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Holding An Object

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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:
Holding An Object

There are so many options for this week because so many people love holding things on book covers! The easiest one for this would be about 80% of fantasy books because so many characters are depicted swords or some sort of weapon. Because there is such a wide variety, I just decided to share a bunch of different books featuring people holding things, though I tried to exclude any weapons because that just felt too abundant, haha!

The Queens of Innis LearMexican GothicAn Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy, #2)
2018 Tor | 2020 Del Rey | 2017 Orbit

In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2)Spinning SilverThe Book of Speculation
2007 Spectra | 2018 Del Rey Books | 2015 St. Martin's Press

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)AbundanceSpeak Easy
2014 Strange Chemistry | 2006 William Morrow |  2015 Subterranean Press

The Hired GirlHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)
2015 Candlewick Press | 2002 Scholastic | 2019 Simon Pulse

My choice(s):
Frankly, I love most of these covers! I do particularly enjoy the gorgeous Mexican Gothic cover and the cover for Speak Easy! For some reason the former just always stands out to me, I think because of the colors and the fact that it doesn't really remind me overmuch of other covers; there's just something unique. And for the latter, I really love the way you just get a little peak through a keyhold at all this activity going on on the other side...
Mexican GothicSpeak Easy

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


  1. These are all great, but I'd have to go with Mexican Gothic - there's just something about that cover!

  2. I love this idea! I bought that edition of Speakeasy, and it's easily one of my favorite covers 😁