Buy Borrow Burn (2)


Welcome to the Moonlight Library’s new original feature, Buy Borrow Burn.
It’s a fun game based on Snog Marry Avoid/Marry Kiss Kill.
If we had unlimited funds, which cover would be the one we’d buy*, borrow, or burn**?
*This is completely subjective and my favourite cover may not be yours.
**In no way do we wish to insult anyone and no, we wouldn’t actually ‘burn’ the book, this is completely hypothetical.

Let me know which book cover you’d Buy Borrow or Burn!

This week’s book covers:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling



This is the cover released with the Pottermore ebooks.

I really like how striking this cover is, very simple and symbolic with the colours on the basilisk really popping from the pale background. The red really sets everything off and you can also see Fawkes and the Sorting Hat making a cameo. I also love the font used for Harry Potter in gold – it’s just really classy.



Like the first book, the Bloomsbury cover is just so atmospheric and gorgeous, with a fun, child-friendly font and loads of colour and shadow for contrast. Harry looks active and he’s wielding the sword, Fawkes adds a splash of red and the basilisk’s fangs look pretty scary. My only gripe is that it makes it pretty obvious that a giant snake is in the Chamber of Secrets and that kind of spoils it for first time readers.



I can’t even. What is this? Harry flying on a  giant book whilst swearing a hat that looks like a alligator’s head? Who the hell designed this? What does it mean? Is the alligator meant to be the basilisk or the sorting hat? When does anyone fly on a giant book? Wouldn’t that enormous sun melt the glue binding the book together and Harry would go hurtling to earth like Icarus? Except that he’s a Gary Stu so his broom would be there to save him before he died.

Which out of these three covers would you buy, borrow, or burn?


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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8 thoughts on “Buy Borrow Burn (2)

    1. Nemo

      It might surprise you to find out that Harry Potter is technically sold as a children’s book 😛

      Actually I remember reading something about the original covers being so brightly coloured but the books were so popular that adults didn’t mind reading them in public. I myself own the adult cover set (but in paperback and I’ve never read them), just because I think a single symbol on the front cover is incredibly classy, like The Hunger Games.

  1. Maranda Hymes

    I told you I was stalking this feature 😀 haha on this one of those 3 I would switch your buy and borrow. Something about the colors and the style is awesome. I think I’m just gonna have to get the Bloomsbury box set!

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    1. Nemo

      Oh please, stalk away 🙂
      Bloomsbury and Scholastic have really done tremendous jobs on their illustrations.

  2. Diamond @ Diamond’s Reads

    I would buy the second, borrow the first, and burn the third. Yuck don’t like that one. haha! This is a cool feature…
    I have to say I saw this on a different book blog but as a Tag? Did you know about that? Except it’s a little different it’s like you use a random number generator and get the three books that way. 😛 I like this though. I may do it on my blog! If I do it your way, like your feature, I will link back to you definitely.

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    1. Nemo

      Oh, no I didn’t know there was a tag with a similar idea to this. I didn’t exactly think it was original, but I was inspired by the game Kiss Kill Marry and an old feature I saw years ago called Foreign Cover Friday, so I kind of combined the two.

      Please, you are more than welcome to do a Buy Borrow Burn on your own blog. I’m doing mine every two weeks on Sundays.

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