Undressing Books…

I know what you’re thinking, right? That’s a pretty sexy post title.

Or maybe you weren’t, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. Which is, of course, what a hardcover book looks like without its dust jacket, or maybe what’s on the flip side of the dust jacket. Which could still turn a good book nerd on. ;))

All right, I’m done with all the innuendos, I promise!

Anyway, I thought I’d showcase some naked undressed books that have caught my eye as of late, because they’re just too gorgeous to let sit on a shelf. Feast your eyes on these pretty-ful books!


In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

Into the Afterlight collage

GAH this was such a good end to the series. But, anyways.

I think most inside book jacket art takes us by surprise, and this one was no exception. I slipped it off to read the book when, lo and behold, there was ART underneath! Of course, book nerd that I am, I immediately had a book photo shoot on the spot.

Not only is the art awesome, but it ties in with the series! (The Darkest Minds trilogy) The Psi kids (kids with superpowers caused by a disease) who have broken out of the government’s concentration camps and wander around the country use these graffiti symbols along roadways to communicate with fellow runaways. Having art especially made for the series really makes me feel all that more connected to the characters and the world in that series.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Things collage

Okay, I’ll admit that I haven’t read this one quite yet, but it’s near the very top of my TBR pile because I’ve heard fantastic things about this book!

And just LOOK at that cover! What you can’t tell from the pictures is that the book jacket also has amazing textures  on it; the post it notes pop off the page a bit, and places where the darker blue surface are supposed to look worn/ripped feel rough as well!

The bird and flower all over the cover represent the main characters, Finch and Violet (so cute!!).  The sticky notes might also tie into the book, but I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read it yet (anyone who has willing to share?).

As if the dust jacket isn’t adorable enough, I nearly DIED when I slipped it off and saw the golden imprints beneath! I also don’t know if the stars have any significance, but again, the violet and finch are too cute. Such attention to detail is what really makes a book cover special. :))

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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I also hope to read this one, but unfortunately I don’t own it (photo credits given above!) and my library copy doesn’t let me take off the book jacket.

The outside cover is already stunning enough, with its summery scenes and awesome typography. When I was browsing at Barnes & Noble, however, I was reading the synopsis on the inside book flap, where at the bottom it says to “Turn over —->“… where there is another summery scene!

Not only is having so many photos on a cover unique, but it also sets the mood and feel of the book perfectly. Maybe I’ll just have to buy a copy of my own after all!


How gorgeous are these book covers? Have you ever found a few surprises while undressing a book?

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  • Rachel says:

    I generally like my jackets better than the things underneath. One jacket that I love from a book I read recently is the Persepolis one because it is pretty and it has a hole in the middle with a picture in it.
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    • I do *usually* prize my dust jackets more, but the surprise of having additional artwork underneath is just so wonderful! And I think I may have seen that book cover before (except it was from the library and the whole thing was laminated, so I didn’t get to explore the underneath). Innovative book covers/jackets definitely seems to be the new trend!

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  • acps927 says:

    I took off my Fairest dust jacket the other day to start reading and was surprised by the art inside the covers, but I love extra touches like that!
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  • Alise says:

    Ooh, these are really pretty! It makes me wonder… *eyes all my hardcovers* I want to undress all of mine now 😉

  • Megan says:

    Happy sigh. This was such a sexy, sexy post, with some damn fine-looking books! (I loved the innuendos!)

    I think out of the three books you featured here, my favorite is definitely All the Bright Places. JUST LOOK AT THE NAKED COVER AND THOSE YELLOW STARS. LITERALLY DROOLING ALL OVER MY KEYBOARD AT THE PRETTY. Who knew such a simple cover was hiding something so gorgeous, right?! Ugh, now I’m torn — I’ve been seeing quite a few three-star reviews for this one, so I don’t know if I should get it. Now that I’ve seen it naked, I want it for that alone. Omg, I just realized I sounded like a book prostitutor. xD

    And I looove the dust jacket for Since You’ve Been Gone. I’ve seen several pictures of it on Instagram, and it looks so fabulous. Like a scene from an insanely cool teenage movie, you know? And I love the author section on the other side of the cover flap! Most of the time it’s just something simple and generic, but this one looks so fun and fancy. <3

    I think I will get Since You've Been Gone in hardback. I've read only amazing stuff for it! Also, hoping that you enjoy All the Bright Places, Lina! The only problem with this post? I wish you featured more of them beautifully naked books. ;D
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    • Yay! Haha glad you liked the humor, I was debating whether I had gone a little over the top. 😉

      SERIOUSLY. SO. PRETTY. I can’t handle it. My prediction is that I will read the book (my sister is currently reading it, I’m just too nice), probably become a sobbing mess (hopefully), the cover will become even more meaningful to me, and I will never again let it out of my sight. I can’t say I’ve seen the three star reviews — maybe I will only like it and not love it, but I still have high hopes! And hehe, you do kinda sound like a book prostitutor Meg, KEEP IT PG. Jk, you can drool all you want here, haha!

      The dust jacket for Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely on another level! To fill every single space on the dust jacket really transforms it into a piece of art. Spot on with the cool teenage movie vibe. And FUN is the only way to describe it, it just makes me want to be transported back to summer right now! I’ve been hesitating for this one, because it doesn’t seem like the kind of contemporaries I read anymore, but everyone has been loving it, so…

      I know, I know, I NEED MORE NAKED BOOKS. But I’ve been a library-goer for pretty much all my life (damn that library binding!) and have only recently started to buy a lot of books, and, ya know, undress them, haha. I see a lot more naked books in my future, however… *devious smile*

  • Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a double-sided book jacket. Neat idea, though.

    I know there are some books I’ve read that are pretty under their “clothes”, but I can’t recall what they are off the top of my head.
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  • ERMAGHERD. GORGEOUS. This is why I love Hardcovers, they usually have really beautiful designs on the inside.
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