Monday, August 1, 2011

Signed Books - Too Much Of A Good Thing?

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?


  1. I guess I can sort of understand only having one signed, like, I don't know, if that book was special to you in some way. But I know if I ever met John Green or J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, I'd ask them to sign every book of theirs that I own.

    Great post!

  2. I am drooling with jealousy over your signed book collection!

  3. I love signed books! I hate the crowds and lines for book signings :(

  4. I love all of my signed books! I forgot what Dave Eggers wrote in yours...I seriously died again!

  5. My first signed book was Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. She signed it to me and my daughter - she's only 9, but I'm saving it for her. "May you always have the courage to speak up."

  6. I have no signed books in my collection, so having any signed books would be awesome. But I agree, why wouldn't you want yours signed?

  7. I was channeling my inner Jess when I carried all 5 of Maggie's books to that signing! :) And you know what - she signed EVERY ONE OF THEM! :) And each one is just as meaningful - each book has a memory while reading. Plus, having all of them there meant we had quite a nice convo about which one I enjoyed best and why.

  8. I LOVE signed books! I got seven signed just yesterday. :) I'm super jealous of your Sarah Dessen signed THIS LULLABY and I love that Louis Sachar wrote "Happy digging!" So cute!

  9. I'm with you. I love getting books signed, but usually only when it's an author I really love and it will have that special story to go along with it. You're lucky to have these signed books! :)

  10. I love signed books too. Some mean more than others.

  11. I can't believe I haven't commented on this yet.

    Add another to team never enough signed books!

    Like you, each one of mine has a story behind it and I think that's what makes them so special. What's even more special about them? All but a few of them were obtained while I was hanging out with some of my favorite people whom I wouldn't know WITHOUT books.

    Like, remember that time I dragged my husband with me to California so we could go to some book festival and I got to meet those cool chicks from my online book club?