Three of them were books I ordered for my classroom library (a Demonata book. a Gregor book, and a Vlad Tod book), but one of them was mine all mine...it was my ARC of Anna and the French Kiss!
There it is with my favorite treat...a Pumpkin Spice Latte from 7-11. Don't get me started, I'll rave about them all day.
I won the ARC from Stephanie Perkins's blog back in September, and she signed it for me. I read it in less than a day, and, while I wanted to hang on to it and cuddle with it and take it everywhere with me, I decided to do the generous thing and send it on a little tour of my writing group.
It usually would kill me to send off a personalized book like this out into the world, but that's how much I wanted to share it with my friends.
Every now and then one of us gets a really cool ARC and we do this. We send out an e-mail to see who's interested, and then we send it along from person to person. This copy of Anna was a special one, though. Not only did all of the awesome ladies in my writing group read it, they also each wrote a little message in the book about their thoughts after reading it.
It's a good thing they all loved it as much as I did. I'd really hate to have a book filled with notes from my friends that said something like, "This book sucks, Jess. Thanks for nothing." Nope, nothing but love for Anna!
So now I have this awesome ARC that is not only signed by the author, it's signed by a bunch of my good friends as well. How cool is that?! It will look so neat on my self right next to it's hardback older sister. Honestly, though, this is the one I will probably re-read, not the hardcover. I like the idea of reading such a well loved copy. It has good ju-ju.
I love having special books like this in my collection. Do you have any special books in your library?