Friday Face-Off: Magical Things

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:

“Bibbity, bobbity, boo!”
a cover featuring MAGICAL THINGS

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Reader by Traci Chee

Today’s Friday Face-Off topic is magical things, and I thought, well, what’s more magical than books? And in the world of The Reader, books are literally objects of magical power, which is why those in charge want to keep the society they rule over ignorant and illiterate. As a result, our story’s protagonist Sefia grew up without ever having seen a book, but the first time she came across one of these strange, rectangular objects filled with paper with writing on them, she knew that it was special. Somehow though, she is also sure that it is why her father died, and now that those who killed him are hunting her too, Sefia must quickly unlock the secrets of the book and start making sense of the mysteries of her past in order to save herself and those she loves.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (2016)  – French Edition (2017)

German Edition (2016)  – Italian Edition (2016)

Portuguese Edition (2017)  – Russian Edition (2017)


My favorite this week is probably the German edition, because it so beautifully and artistically combines two things I’m a sucker for when it comes to covers – books and ships! The other covers that feature this theme are either too busy for me (Portuguese edition) or too plain for my tastes (the Russian edition), so the decision was pretty easy.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

33 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Magical Things”

  1. Oh yessss… WHAT a fabulous choice! That cover is SUMPTUOUS. And you’re right about books being magical:)). Nice bit of lateral thinking, there, Mogsy.


  2. What a great choice – and your favourite too immediately jumped out at me. I like the style of the cover immediately below and it’s a style I like but it’s just too busy and the title is difficult to read.
    Lynn 😀


  3. I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds very interesting. The covers are very different from each other so it’s very hard to choose. But I agree with your choice. I also like the Russian cover.


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