Thursday, January 17

Outstanding Dedications from My Favorite Novels


Here's the thing, I used to be one of those annoying people who skipped the dedication without a second thought and never looked at the acknowledgements nor the author's notes. I'm shaking my head so hard at my past self, because now I believe that these parts can give you an insight into the author's personality, the research they did, where their ideas came from, or - in historical fiction - what parts of the book are real vs. made up. 

The idea for this post came to me around a year ago, as I was reading Hunted by Meagan Spooner, which has one of the coolest dedications ever, I swear. (Yes, you can find it below!) Ever since Hunted, I've been playing around with the idea of collecting some of my favorite dedications - and today I am finally here with 13 of the best I could dig up!




"To my wonderful readers: Sorry about that last cliffhanger. Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA. But seriously, I love you guys."
- The House of Hades by Rick Riordan -


"For Leigh Bardugo, 
who speaks of love as if it's a question that must be answered.

And so I tried."

- I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre -


 "For the ones who dream of stranger words."
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab -

  



"For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury."
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart - 









"To all the girls in my life, who are the furthest things from monsters."

- Little Monsters by Kara Thomas -


Let's chat!
What's your favorite dedication from my list? Have you read these novels? Can you recall any book with a kickass dedication? Share! Share!

18 comments:

  1. Haha I loved the House of Hades one!! I also really love the dedication in HP and the Deathly Hallows. It’s really emotional, gets me every time. *sobs*

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    1. I read Deathly Hallows ages ago, but I went and checked my copy after reading your comment, and you're right, it IS a good one.

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  2. These are awesome. I always read the dedications. I like the ones in VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. They can be so fun and/or meaningful, right? It was a mistake to not read them in the past.

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  3. I always read dedications but apparently they don’t stick with me. Because I have read a couple of these but don’t remember them at all. I loved I Want It That Way by Aguirre but totally forgot about the dedication to Leigh Bardugo. And the one to Cassie Clare by Holly Black is awesome. :)

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    1. Haha, they don't always stick with me either - I've been collecting these for this post for a good while & doing some research + checking my fave books, because I really struggled with trying to remember them. I *love* when authors dedicate their books to other authors.

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  4. Wow, I had never given much thought about dedications, but I definitely want to check all my books and look at them again. The only one I can remember at the top of my head was Rick Riordan's dedication on the first Magnus Chase book, where I believe he dedicates it to Cassandra Clare, since they both share a character named Magnus. I think Rick Riordan always has the funniest and wittiest dedications, lol.
    The one from Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu gave me goosebumps! I had never heard of this book before, but I'm for sure adding it to my TBR now! What a powerful dedication.

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    1. Oh yes, I love the Magnus Chase dedication A LOT - I really love when authors dedicate their novels to other authors. Part of the reason why I read the acknowledgement is because it's so fun to see that authors I had no idea knew each other are actually friends and/or critic partners.

      Omg, can't tell you how happy that makes me - Moxie is one of my favorite novels, and I hope you'll love it!!

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  5. I never skip dedication, I think it's lovely to see someone's work being dedicated to others :D If we're lucky, we could get a glimpse into authors' friendship or their idol. I will always love and resent House of Hades' dedication, it was funny but gosh, the wait we've been through xD I love the seventh hp book dedication, it felt surreal!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. 1000% same; and I love the acknowledgement for the same reason- I've found out a lot about authors from both. Someone else (Emily) mentioned the HP dedication, so I went back and checked it & it's def a good/emotional one.

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  6. Moxie and Genuine Fraud are the one that struck me the most - and in a way, they share a mood. BTW, I always read not only the dedications, but even the acknowledgment pages haha. I never came across such creative ones though! so I don't have anything to offer, sorry ☹. Lovely post idea!

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    1. Yess, I love those two! (maybe you could consider reading Moxie, hmm? lol) I read the acknowledgements too, they can really give a glimpse into the authors' life. Thank you! :)

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  7. I love this! There are so many great dedications and I have fully embraced reading the very beginning and ending of books, because the authors sometimes gift us with these beautiful pieces of themselves.

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    1. Thank you! I fully agree - it's so cool that a few lines + a couple of pages at the end/beginning can be so meaningful. :)

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  8. Such a great idea for a post. Nicely done too. You've inspired me to pay more attention to dedications.

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  9. I LOVE this idea, Vera! I never used to read the dedications and the acknowledgements (or watch the credits in movies) but I read the dedication for some book a few years ago (I cannot, for the life of me remember what it was) but it gave so much internal insight into the novel (in a meta kind of way) and why the author wrote it the way they did and I've been reading all that 'extra' stuff ever since :) Rick Riordan's never fails to make me laugh and Meagan Spooner's never fails to make me shiver. Also, it's kind of my favorite thing in the world to see authors mention each other (author friendships are everything).

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thank you, Laura! :) It happened exactly the same way for me, and I'm so happy I'm now paying attention to these - and the acknowledgements - because they can really give me an insight into the author's personality/life and the book itself. And yes!! Author friendships are everything - so fun to see authors I didn't even know knew each other being mentioned as friends and critic partners. :)

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