Uncovering Hardcovers…

Although I prefer paperbacks over hardbacks because they’re more practical and easier to read, I sometimes prefer the design of hardbacks. I own quite a few hardbacks now and there are a few that stand out to me because of what’s hiding underneath the dust-jacket…


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I have talked about this cover a lot on my blog over the past year, because it is one of my all time favourites. When I first got this book I didn’t actually know there was anything underneath the dust-jacket, so I was really surprised when I took the jacket off. There were four different covers out there and I was so lucky and happy to get this one!


Warcross by Marie Lu

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I searched for this particular cover for weeks. For some reason this book wasn’t in any of my local bookshops during the month of its release so I had to have faith in online retailers. Thankfully this is the copy I received and it’s so beautiful underneath the dust-jacket. It definitely makes a huge difference when comparing it to the usual hardbacks in the UK that are all plain colours underneath!


The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

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I bought this one mainly because it was a Little Mermaid retelling and I had no idea that this copy would be so pretty underneath. What can be more perfect than mermaid scales on the hardcover?


Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

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This probably seems like a really weird choice but the majority of the hardbacks that I own are black underneath and this is the only one that is white. Something as small as the colour of the book underneath the dust-jacket makes me so happy because I get so bored and disappointed with the same dull colours.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Even though I didn’t really enjoy this book that much, I still appreciate the little engraving underneath the jacket. This was a special edition that came in the February FairyLoot and I think this is the only book I own that has an engraving like this on it which makes it very special to me!


Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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This one isn’t so much about what’s underneath the dust-jacket, but actually it’s what’s on it. When I pre-ordered Save the Date, I didn’t realise that I had actually ordered a special edition that was signed but also had a surprise on the jacket. At first it didn’t make sense to me until I had actually read the book and realised that the comic strip is part of the plot as Charlie’s mum writes one based on their family. I thought this was such a cool thing to do to make the dust-jacket seem more important as they can be quite annoying at times!


There’s such a variety of things that publishers can do to hard-covers underneath the dust-jacket or actually on the sleeve itself which makes those books even more special! What are some of your favourite things that you’ve discovered underneath a hard-cover book?

16 thoughts on “Uncovering Hardcovers…

  1. I love this post, what a unique idea! I always love finding pretty covers underneath the dust jackets, especially because I normally take them off to read (I’m afraid of damaging them otherwise). But some of these I had no idea about — that beautiful Warcross cover is something I never would’ve expected!

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    1. Thank you! I always get so happy whenever I see that there’s a pretty cover underneath, it’s always so exciting to see what each book is like under the jacket. The Warcross one surprised me too, as soon as I knew about that edition, I made it my mission to find it haha!

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  2. I agree with you about enjoying reading paperbacks a lot more than hard cover novels. I barely own any hard cover books because I find them to be such a pain to read (and they are crazy expensive). But they are so beautiful!! I am in love with the surface breaks 🙂

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    1. Paperbacks are just the best in every way! The price difference between paperbacks and hardbacks is crazy, but even if they were cheaper I’d still stick with paperbacks haha.

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