One of the members of my online book club recently asked about bringing books to a signing and if it was obnoxious to have authors sign multiple books. That brought up the response from more than one person that having more signed books makes the signed books you have less special.
I'm not going to lie, this makes NO sense to me.
So, if something is special you want less of it?
I obviously enjoy having signed books. I have over 50 signed books in my shelves, some personalized and some not, and I'm getting even more this weekend. I LOVE getting my books signed. So this thought process makes ZERO sense to me. I think signed books are special, and I want more, more, more!
Here are some of my favorite signed books:
One of my very favorite and most special students got me a copy of Holes signed and personalized by Louis Sachar. I can't even tell you how much this one means to me.
My signed and personalized ARC of Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty. I won this one from a haiku contest she had on her blog before the book was released. I also have a signed copy she sent me because my friends and I made up the hashtag #lassodicking on Twitter in honor of Marcus Flutie.
I thought I had shared my signed and personalized copy of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers on here before, but it turns out that I never blogged the LA Times Festival of Books because it was during my Month of Sick. So, here is it. I DIE.
A random find...I picked up Everything Is Illuminated from the used bookstore for $1 and it happened to be signed by Jonathan Safran Foer! That was a really cool surprise. It's signed To R, and he has such a cool signature. I love this one.
I love that when I met Gayle Forman and got If I Stay signed, she put a personal message in the book based on the conversation she had.
(I don't have a picture of this book right now because my friend Erin is borrowing it. I hate lending out my signed books (I actually hate lending out any of my books, actually), but I knew she would love it, so I told her to guard it with her life. No reading at the pool!)
Then there is my signed copy of the most special YA book in my collection. The book that made me fall in love with YA, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen.
I love that all of my signed books have a story to go with them, and I think it makes my collection of books that much more interesting and personal.
So, I just don't get why you would avoid getting books signed by the author so that the few you do have signed are more special.
Does anyone else feel this way about signed books? Or can you help me understand it at all? That you would prefer to get fewer signed so it is more special? Or are you like me and try to get as many signed as possible?