Friday Face-Off: Chinese New Year

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:

“Year of the Rat”
~ Chinese New Year

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Happy Lunar New Year! January 25, 2020 officially kicks off the Year of the Rat, which is especially important to me, because the Rat is my year 🙂 For a lot of Chinese families, this is probably THE most significant and biggest holiday of the year, and growing up, mine has always celebrated with lots of fireworks, catching up with friends and relatives, feasts and lots of color and brightness–in other words, not typically the things you’d find on book covers in the western publishing world featuring rats, which aren’t really the darlings of the animal world, I’m afraid. So today, in honor of Chinese New Year, I’ve decided to feature a book with covers that are inspired by Chinese culture instead.

And so, I give you The Poppy War, which is an incredible book, and I’m also glad to see it has some beautiful covers:

From left to right:
Harper Voyager (2018) – Bulgarian Edition (2019) – Indonesian Edition (2019)

German Edition (2020) – Polish Edition A (2020) – Polish Edition B (2020)


So many great choices, but I think I gotta go with the Indonesian edition this week. So gorgeous, with the poppies in the foreground and the phoenix in the back.

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

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Chinese New Year”

  1. What a fabulous idea! They are ALLLL such beautiful covers, but I’ve completely lost my heart to that wonderful Polish cover, which is absolutely stunning. Happy Chinese New Year, Mogsy:))


  2. Oh my, some beautiful covers. the Indonesian is without doubt my favourite and stood out for me immediately, the Polish version is also beautiful. What a fantastic choice – I’m so glad you went with the Chinese inspired idea – and Happy New Year to you 😀 – I was born year of the dragon – I think it suits me well! My husband is a monkey – quite literally.
    Lynn 😀


    • Yeah, I wanted to go with something more…festive! Which I knew I wasn’t going to find with rat covers 😀 And it is considered very lucky to be born in the year of the dragon! My older daughter is one too 😀


  3. That Indonesian cover is gorgeous. I also like the Polish ones (especially A) and the Harper Voyager one. They’re all great though!

    Happy Lunar New Year!!


  4. Wow, this one is so difficult. I like all the covers. I love the style of the Harper Voyager cover, and that’s the one I’m most familiar with. I also love the intensity and power of the Polish Edition A. But I suppose my favorite (at least at this moment, it may change) would be the German edition. It looks almost like watercolor to me, and in a style I very much enjoy. Great selection this week! I have this book and really need to get around to reading it.


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