Everybody loves them because not only are they sturdier, but also because they can be so pretty to look at. I love to explore my hardcovers when I get them home. I love staring at the cover art, the typography, and feeling all of the textures. To me, that is the true definition of book porn. Cause at the end of the day, it’s not just about what’s written on the pages (though that is important), but it is also about the tactile experience. Holding, caressing, and yes, sniffing that new book you’re planning to read are all vital parts of falling in love with your hardcover. There are some books in which the design goes beyond the dust jacket cover art. Have you ever taken a moment to strip off that dust jacket to see what that precious hardcover book looks like in the buff? I ALWAYS do. Sometimes, I even find some surprises when my books are stripped down, thus increasing my book love. Those are the books that impress me, and keep me drooling, all while emptying my bank account (as I “make it rain” dolla bills on those books). Because of some ingenious book design, I wanted to create a feature on the blog to spotlight some books in whose design goes beyond the dust jacket. I wish to share my unadulterated book lust with you. I promise to be gentle.
Sit back, and enjoy the novel strip-tease…
Yeah. This is totes different from what you’re used to seeing.
This is the O.G. (Original Gangsta) cover:
Though both covers are purdy in their own right, the Special Collector’s Edition gets my juices flowing as I strip it bare.
And yes, I meant for that to sound as dirty as it seemed.
This book is nothing short of SEXY.
The dust jacket: MATTE.
I can’t stop petting it.
I can’t stop stroking it.
(Once again, yes, keep that mind in that gutter. I meant for that to sound diiirty)
I am also OBSESSED with what lies between the sheets…errr, I mean pages…
In case you’re not familiar with Fangirl, lemme get you hip to this shiz:
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
“Touching and utterly real.” — Publisher’s Weekly
You know you wanna read it…You know you need it…
Now that you’re in the know:
Are you ready to peep this hardcover hotness?
LEVI AND CATH!
THAT POSTER IS ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE DUST JACKET!!! AHHHHHH!!!!
Want to get your grabby hands on a copy? Head over to the Waterstones website! (It will ship from the UK)
Was it as good for you as it was for me?
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