This is a periodic discussion feature here at Snuggly Oranges about the bookish things that steal my heart.
#5. Surprises Under the CoverI know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done one of these happier discussion posts, but with recent book purchases I got inspired and just HAD to write about this. I definitely prefer physical books to e-books. Although I don’t have much shelf space, I just love seeing the final product with all its design elements and everything. What I love most is this current trend for publishers to hide some sort of nice surprise design under the dust jacket. I get ridiculously happy when I find one of these surprises, and often they become “must-read-asap” books.
Now, I find that there are like two different kinds of these surprises: a full-on print on the hardcover, or a detail embellishment. Let me share some of my favorite ones!
Golden and A Mad, Wicked Folly are small embellishments, just on the spine, but SERIOUSLY PRETTY. Not only are they shiny, but they both tie to the stories so well. I actually forgot about The Beginning of Everything‘s embellishment, but I was browsing the books on my shelf for this post and rediscovered it. It’s SO CUTE, and now that book is higher on my priority list to read.
Better Off Friends was a total surprise, but it’s so cute how it echoes the cover. The book also alternates perspectives between the guy and girl, and at the top of each chapter, it has one of them on the swing. Total cute design. Cruel Beauty‘s rose is just adorable. The School for Good and Evil is nice too, though it may pale a bit in comparison to the others. But I love how they reuse the school crest everywhere. Ugh, I need to read this soon.
Inferno was my first real experience with such a hidden surprise, and I just loved it. It really reflected the story well, buuuuuut then the book was kind of a boring mess. Oh well. A Monster Calls is already beautiful design-wise because of the illustrations, but I LOVE this print, seriously. I want to hug it forever. The Letter for the King you probably don’t know about, but it’s a recently released English translation of a Dutch classic children’s book. And I adooooore the print. I need to read this ASAP so I can poke you all to pick it up.
Prints I Don’t OwnThe following books I don’t own, but I noticed via BookTube or Instagram. Awesome prints!
On the left is the dust jacket cover, and on the right is the cover underneath.
Pawn by Aimee Carter
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Program by Suzanne Young