Friday Face-Off: Boat

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”
~ a cover featuring a BOAT

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Well, I don’t know about owls or pussy-cats, but the book I’m featuring this week does have a bear. In a world where the ocean has flooded most of the earth, a bulk of the population has taken to the water and made their permanent homes aboard boats, calling themselves the damplings. North is a young woman who travels with a floating circus, performing in an act with a trained bear that has been her best friend and companion since childhood.

Now let’s take a look at the available covers I could find:

From left to right, top to bottom: Crown (2015) – Vintage (2016) – Harvill Secker (2015)



This was a tough week, because all three covers are so enchanting and beautiful in their own way. Push comes to shove though, I think I’m going to have to go with the Harvill Secker edition because I just love the art style, which reminds of something I might find in a book of children’s fairy tales.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

18 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Boat”

  1. These are all nice (and so different) – tough call. I think I like the middle one the best for the blue color scheme and the sense of looking down on the water. The one with the bear is awesome and definitely has a faity tale like feel? The first one seems to almost have a melancholy feel to it, but I like it also.


    • It was definitely hard to choose this week. I love them all for their own reasons! I chose the third one as my winner, but the first cover is the version I own and hence it is close to my heart, and the blue one in the middle fills me with a sense of peace.


  2. The Crown cover was what had drawn my eye to The Gracekeepers in the first place. (That, and your review of the book.) It’s bleaker than the other two, but there’s still something mysterious and beautiful about it. It also makes me curious where all those bird cages came from.


  3. I actually own the Crown one (have I read it? That’s a whole ‘nother story), but like you, I like the one with a bear. Coming from someone who has no problem admitting on the whole I generally like animals better than people, it’s really no surprise.


  4. Amazing how much cover art can change an onion of a book. That first one says, “Turn the the way, DJ. This will not be your style” While those last two have that minimalist art style that piques my interest.

    Think’d I’d actually do with the middle cover… something about that color blue of the water.


    • You bring up a good point, actually. I love all three covers, but if I have to choose which one “fits” the story the best, I might have to go with the first one – even if it might confirm your initial suspicions about the book! 😛


  5. I love your choice – how magical:). And yes – I also love the one you have selected as your favourite – the bear surrounding the little girl is beautiful and unusual. That said, they are all bewitchingly attractive!


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