Friday, November 20, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Words Only

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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:
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” – Words only 

There were some really great options this week, so I decided to share a few from two books: The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Some of these covers add in a few elements outside of the font, but I felt overall these all seemed to rely pretty heavily on the words themselves, and for good reason!

The Road

US Paperback Vintage 2006 | 2006 US Hardcover | 2007 US Picador Paperback

2007 Spanish Edition | 2014 Italian Edition | 2008 German Edition


2019 US Hardcover | 2020 Romanian | 2019 US Kindle

2020 Spanish Edition | 2020 Slovak Edition | 2019 Chinese Edition

My choice(s):
I am just so drawn to this cover, I love the way the title is just sort of out in the middle of space, there's something peaceful yet unbelievable intriguing. 

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


  1. I think I like the one you picked the most, too!

  2. These are both great choices. I love the simplicity of the US hardcover of The Road, and the Slovak edition of Exhalation😁