Under the Covers #7 || Dedications


Under the Covers is a feature where I discuss the stories behind the books on my shelves. Why? I hear you ask. Well why not? Every book has a story, after all.

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?

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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?!?!]

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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.

And.. actually,

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.]

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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]

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

For Susan and Libby.
Because there is no map for where we’re going.

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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!]

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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….]

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

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Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievfater.

To Marian, who sees horses in her dreams.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

For Jane, for a whole new world of possibilities.

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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!]

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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. 

It’stheshapeofalightningboltberightbacksobbingintoapillowandpracticingmysummoningspell.

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Am I on my own in this? Do you take notice of the dedications? Do you have any favourites?

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23 thoughts on “Under the Covers #7 || Dedications

  1. I adore this post Jo!!! I love reading dedications too, I love ones that are super enigmatic and you have no clue who the person is, but I also love it when you know that person and it brings a little smile on your face! And how have I never seen that one from Harry Potter. I think I will make it my mission this weekend in between the rugby to go through all my books and read the dedications! :)

    • Thanks Jasprit! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who loves them. And yes, the enigmatic ones are my favourite. That’s why I love Mira Grant’s one so much.

      How HAVE you not seen the HP one? I love it so much.
      Let me know your favourites when you’ve read through them.

      ps. Someone mentioned rugby? *whistles*

  2. I’m dying to read the one about circumnavigating fairyland just in general. lol :)

    I too love dedications, but I’d never thought about writing them up! What a unique idea! I quite enjoyed this post, Jo! :) I like your blog… :D

    p.s. This is actually Alejandra from Musings in Red !! I am splitting my blog into two (I think I wrote you an email about that) and this is my new inspirational blog I just started this week! I’m really looking forward to opening my book review blog soon! I’m currently working on the banner for it. You can look at it on my facebook page…

    https://www.facebook.com/ParasolDreams

    Anywho…just thought I’d let you know, in case you start suffering intense withdrawal for new posts from me! I mean, you never know, right? ;)

    Have a superb weekind, doll !! :))

    • Thanks Alejandra! I know, it sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I have so many friends who have read (and loved) that book.
      I’m really glad you liked this post.

      ps. Yes! I’m so glad you picked Parasol Dreams. I looove that name. I can’t wait to check both of your blogs ;)

  3. Brilliant post, Jo! I love all of these, especially J.K. Rowling’s and Mira Grant’s. There’s something quite fun about reading dedications (and acknowledgements and author’s notes!). It’s a quick, sometimes fascinating, glimpse into the author’s life and a great way to start or end a book.

  4. Am totally with you on this one. I adore the dedications & any history the author may share as to why they have written the book. Shooting off to go through my books…

      • About to start reading Time Riders:City of Shadows. What a great dedication… “To the ‘TimeReaders’ – thank you for your patience thus far. The truth is finally beginning to emerge. And soon… very soon, something wonderful is going to happen.”

  5. Jo! This is my favorite Under the Covers post I’ve read yet. I too absolutely love dedications, and you’re so right about their power to give you a different outlook on a book before you even open it and start reading. Yes, I cried when I read that dedication in Harry Potter 7, yes, I smiled knowingly and with much excitement at Goliath’s, Ready Player One’s made me so excited (as that line always will), and Preloved’s made me a huge Shirley Marr fan. And yes, you really must drop everything and read Cat Valente asap. :D

    • Thanks Heidi! I’m SO glad you liked this post and that you love dedications too!
      Goliath’s one of my all time favourites because before I even picked it up I was like “FINALLY!!” :)
      I will read it soon, I promise!

  6. Jo, I really think you should make a feature just about dedications. Keep track of all the ones you read and collect them. You’re making me want to do just that. I love the ones you picked. “For Siobhan” made my heart hurt a bit.

    I don’t know why but I don’t think I ever noticed the HP one…

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