In our last Round Table discussion, I brought up signed books and if you read your copies. A lot of you said you read them and that made me feel better about reading them especially well loved copies that have been since signed.
Today, I’m wondering about inscriptions in those signed books. Do you prefer the standard signature only signed books or do you prefer something more personal? I personally prefer something more personal because I feel there’s more of a connection with an author besides the standard signature. I’m perfectly aware that authors (and really popular ones) are on a time limit especially at book signings. And yet, I admit to feeling a bit disappointed if all I get is my name and the author’s signature. Although I like the connection aspect of making it more personal, I adore the anticipation of going home to read what that inscription might say. It’s a special surprise!
While we’re on the topic of inscriptions, I treasure each signed book. My favorite inscription has to be that of Chelsea Cain. An ex-friend was at the same festival Cain was attending and took the time to get a book signed. One reason it’s a favorite is because I adore Archie from her Gretchen and Archie series (ah be still my heart).
As of late, I like getting inscriptions from a character although I feel bad because I tend to put the author on the spot and they aren’t sure what to say! Here’s an example of such and I felt horrible because Darynda was tongue tied. I told her I’m sure I’d keep her up all night thinking about what she should have written. This inscription comes from Reyes and if anyone has read her series, you know all about Reyes!
What about you? Do you have a favorite inscription?