You’ve probably guessed by the other posts in my Under the Covers feature that I love hearing the stories behind books. So, with this in mind, I thought I’d take a bit of a different approach to this week’s post.
I think somewhere along the way, I’ve probably mentioned my love for book dedications. A lot of you probably scribble your favourite quotes or passages down in a notebook and, yes, I do that too. But one of the first things I do when I pick up a book is look for the dedication. And yes, I have a notebook full of my favourites.
It might sound weird to say this but those few sentences before the story even starts can honestly make me look at the book in a different way. I’m not saying that they have the power to make a crap book amazing or vice versa but they definitely have the power to add something to the story.
They have the power to make my heart skip a beat or make me intrigued. And, perhaps most importantly, they give me clues about the author and why they wrote this book. Even if I have no idea what the dedications mean or who the people are in them, I feel like I’m eavesdropping on their private jokes or emotions. And, what’s better, they let me!
Anyway, I spent a wonderful rainy evening last night sat amongst piles of books, skimming through my favourites and, well, it would’ve been a waste of time if I didn’t share a few of them with you, wouldn’t it?
Feed by Mira Grant.
This book is gratefully dedicated to Gian-Paolo Musumeci and Michael Ellis. They each asked me a question. This is my answer.
[WHAT WERE THE QUESTIONS?!?!]
Preloved by Shirley Marr.
For Mum, who is the most important character in my life.
And for everyone who prefers abnormal to paranormal and a bad romance to a love story.
Fury by Shirley Marr.
For D.N.F for the graffiti you left on me.
And for everyone who has ever been furious because they had to be
and wanted to be.
[Ms Marr is the best at writing dedications.]
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld.
To everyone who loves a long-secret romance, revealed at last.
[ps. I just have to say… if you’ve read these books you will understand why I adore this one so much. <3]
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
For Susan and Libby.
Because there is no map for where we’re going.
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.
For Mum, Dad, Marisa, Daniela, Luca, Daniel, Brendan and Andy, who make it so easy to write about strong, passionate, high-maintenance families with big hearts.
[ps. I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a fly on the wall when the Marchettas meet up!]
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.
For Luca and the St Mary’s Cathedral College boys… and for the girls there, too…
[Because we know how important the girls there are….]
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievfater.
To Marian, who sees horses in her dreams.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
For Jane, for a whole new world of possibilities.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynn M Valente.
For all those who walked this strange road with me, and held out their hands when I faltered. This is a ship of our own making.
[I’ve not even read that book yet but the dedication makes me want to drop everything and pick it up!]
And, finally, my favourite dedication ever ever ever…
Do I even need to tell you which book this is from?
The dedication of this book is split seven ways: to Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.