Books You Will Want to Take the Dust Jacket Off
January 10, 2020
We don’t know about you, but we love hauling books, especially hardcover editions. Not only are hardcover books durable and sturdy in ways paperbacks are not, but they also look great lining your bookshelves. Our favorite thing to do after receiving a Book Outlet order filled with brand new reads is to pick up the stunning hardcover books, admire them tentatively, and then remove the dust jackets as quickly and carefully as we can so we can see what gorgeous surprises might be hidden underneath. We can’t be the only ones who do this, right?
This is something that many bookworms forget. Quite a few hardcover reads these days have beautiful bookish Easter eggs on the hardback itself, hidden under the guise of a dust jacket. If you never look past the dust jacket you may never get to appreciate whatever designs lay underneath!
To celebrate our love of aesthetically pleasing hardcovers (and to remind you to check your own books as you collect them), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite reads that you’ll want need to take the dust jacket off to appreciate fully.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
List Price: $23.50 CAD
Our Price: $5.79 CAD
There is no denying that Sky in the Deep has a striking cover, but it gets better and better with a simple phrase on the hardcover that reads: “BREATHE FIRE.” These words are included in an impactful scene in the book and reflect the overall book tone, as well as give you a simple precursor as to what is to come. And to think, if you didn’t look under the dust jacket, you might have missed out on something great!
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
List Price: $21.99 CAD
Our Price: $3.09 CAD
Fans of Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series will be extra excited to see that this edition of The Wicked Will Rise has a green foil wicked witch on the front. This is a beautiful addition to the book and is sure to complete any die-hard fan’s collection. The best part is that you can get your own copy for less than the price of a large coffee!
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
List Price: $24.99 CAD
Our Price: $7.65 CAD
This 2019 release has been a highly anticipated read to hit the Book Outlet site, and we were very happy (and surprised!) to pick up a copy and find a juicy red watermelon embossment under the dust jacket! This little touch adds personality to the otherwise plain gray hardcover and ties into the story in a discreet, playful way.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
List Price: $25.99 CAD
Our Price: $9.75 CAD
It stands to reason that Kingdom of Ash is a necessity in many bookworms’ home libraries as it’s the last book in the incredible Throne of Glass series, but this particular version of the book is an absolute must-have. Under the powerful dust jacket is a delicate silver embossed signature by the Queen, Sarah J. Maas herself, with the sword we’ve all come to know and love below it. With these thoughtful details, this book will certainly complete any TOG fan’s collection and is sure to be a prized possession to display with or without the dust jacket.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
List Price: $24.99 CAD
Our Price: $6.59 CAD
Much like Sky in the Deep, Wicked Saints has an impactful phrase on the hardcover that really sets the tone of the book before you even crack the spine. If the dust jacket design alone doesn’t have you immediately adding this book to your TBR, the striking bloodred hardcover with the white embossed words, “let them fear her,” should certainly do the trick. Without even reading the synopsis, you just know this book is going to be an epic adventure – our favorite kind of read!
These are just a few of our favorite hardcover finds currently on Book Outlet, but if you go through your personal library, you’re sure to come across dozens of more hidden gems under their dust jackets. If you have a favorite hardcover design from your personal library, please feel free to share it with us in the comments! We love to hear about your book collections (and add to our own TBRs, too)!
Melissa from Book Outlet