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In Appreciation of the Naked Hardcover (via #RiotGrams)

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Patricia Thang

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Patricia Thang is an educator located in Los Angeles. Though a native Angeleno through and through, her heart also belongs to Tokyo, where much of her family is from. Besides books, she is an enthusiastic devourer of many things, including podcasts, television, and J-pop. She realizes there’s not enough time in the world to consume all of that content, but she’s trying anyway. Other endeavors to which she has dedicated herself include cuddling her dogs until they’re annoyed and taste-testing every vegan ice cream she can find. Twitter: @aintnopthang

There’s nothing quite like the pure delight I feel when I take the dust jacket off a book and discover a little surprise underneath. Finding a little bit of detailing or a beautiful color choice on a naked hardcover is like getting a random little present that makes my experience with the book that much more special.

So I’m sure you can imagine the absolute joy with which I was scrolling through the #RiotGrams hashtag on the day “naked hardcovers” was the prompt. Join me in appreciating the magic of these gorgeous books.

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Check out this adorable detail on Kristen Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited.

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Symphony City by Amy Martin is so vivid and bright! Absolutely beautiful.

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Even small, simple details are perfect.

Anyone know what that one in the middle with the dolphins is? Because I want it.

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I love this idea of all the signatures on Library of Souls.

Y’all. The Raven Cycle. Is. A. Gradient!!!

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So many pretty naked hardcovers here!