Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag in any sort of way. Most of the books on this list are some of my favorite so I thought that I would share them with you all! Don't think I am trying to rub this in your face or anything.
Nothing is better than getting to meet one of your favorite authors. Or even going to your favorite bookstore and seeing signed copies of your favorite book or favorite author. I have been lucky enough to meet the amazing Marie Lu and Sarah Dessen so far in my life and I hope to keep growing that number. Since most author don’t come to the town I live in, the stores have some signed copies. I thought I would take some time and share with you some of the books I have signed, either personalized or bought, and maybe you will find your next favorite book! And I wish you all the chance to meet some of your favorite author’s at some point because there is nothing better than that!
Unlike the last little signed books haul I did about a year ago, I’m not going to talk about each book individually because there could possibly be spoilers that come with the synopsis.
Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Released: May 5, 2015
Pages: 346 (Hardback)
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
My sister was once a reader. She at least put on a fake look when she read. When my family took a trip to Target and we decided to split the book, I got the book. As I picked up the one copy, my sister goes and tells me to put the book back. I looked at her like she was crazy but she grabs the copy behind it because it was a signed copy. And like I said the last time, two years now and she has yet to pick up the book.
Title: Odd Birds
Author: Ian Harding
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release: May 2, 2017
Pages: 320 (Hardback)
A funny and insightful window into the life of a TV star.
Ian Harding is an actor and 7-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform’s (formerly known as ABC Family) most-watched series of all time, Pretty Little Liars. An avid birdwatcher, Ian explores his life in Hollywood through the lens of his favorite pastime in this collection of personal stories. Featuring humorous and adventurous stories about his career, family, and love life, in addition to never-before-published photographs, Odd Birds is a must-read for fans of his hit show, nature enthusiasts, and lovers of celebrity memoir alike.
I think I have told this story before but might as well tell you it again. I was randomly shopping at Barnes and Noble when I spotted Ian Harding’s name. I just got done with watching all the recent Pretty Little Liars episodes so I was super excited to read it. I debated for about a week if I was going to order the book or not but I ended up ordering the signed copy because it was the same amount as the regular one!
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: March 8, 2016
Pages: 698 (Hardback)
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
This could be argued that this book isn’t really signed. But in my mind it sort of is because the stamp that is used, Cassandra Clare had to give the stamp something. I know, you don’t have to tell me. I am insane. But I really love Cassandra Clare.
Title: Tales of the Peculiar
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Released: September 3, 2016
Pages: 192 (Hardback)
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.
Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.
Right before Empire of Storms was released, I saw that some people had early copies of the book. That day, I went on a hunt to see if any store around me did the same thing. Obviously that never happened. As I was searching, I had forgotten this book was released so I stopped and looked at it. I was trying to save money for EOS but I had to buy this one because it was signed! Do I regret it? Nope.
Title: Queen of Shadows; Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released: September 1, 2015; September 6, 2016
Pages: 648; 693 (Hardback)
The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
This is just the synopsis for Queen of Shadows but I don’t want to spoil anyone on what might happen! I am a really big Sarah J. Maas fan. I love her writing and having signed copies of her books was a dream of mine. As long as it is signed, I buy it. I received Queen of Shadows for Christmas last year and bough Empire of Storms that Saturday it was released. I love these books and one day I will get the chance to meet her. Who knows when though! (Side note – if you would like to get a personalized copy of Tower of Dawn without traveling, make sure you check out Good Choice Reading because you can purchase a copy of the book and Sarah J. Maas will sign it for you!)
Title: Four: A Divergent Collection
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Released: July 8, 2014
Pages: 208 (Hardback)
Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.
Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.
Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.
This was the first signed book I ever received. And I didn’t know it was going to be signed when we ordered it. I was getting really heavy into books and my mom was making a Walmart order. She needed a few more dollars to get free shipping so she ordered it for the both of us. When it came, I noticed that the book was signed and I lost it. Even though I hated the end of Allegiant like most people, I am still happy I have a book signed by Veronica Roth.
Title: Prodigy; Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Released: April 28, 2014; September 9, 2014
Pages: 371; 369 (Paperback)
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
As I mentioned several times before, I got to meet Marie Lu back in October. I had previously read the series before and I owned the first book in the Legend series. When we got the bookstore for the signing, my mom actually got me the second and third book for me. I think that she just wanted them so she could read them because she read the first book. I really wish I would have brought the first book when I went to the signing but now I know. These will be my pride and joy forever and ever.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses; A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released: May 5, 2015; May 3, 2016
Pages: 416; 624 (Hardback)
She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I read ACOTAR before I even bought this book. It was my first Sarah J. Maas book and I wanted to read more of her work. I also wanted to own this book. So one random trip to Books-A-Million later and I walked out with this signed copy. I got ACOMAF during a trip to New Bern, NC and I wasn’t even planning on getting it. I wanted to read it but I didn’t want to spend money on it yet. My sisters were getting books so I asked if I could. I also really wanted the signed copy they had at the store.
Title: The Theory of Everything
Author: Kari Luna
Publisher: Philomel Books
Released: January 1, 2013
Pages: 320 (Hardback)
One part Libba Bray’s GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.
Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.
Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.
Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.
I LOVE DISCOUNT STORES. You can get some good deals on some books at these stores. They might not be bestsellers but they are pretty good. One of our trips, I saw the spine of this book and I really wanted to read this book. I picked it up and bought it. At that point I noticed the signature. I did a little dance and got really excited to read the book. It had yet to be read.
Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released: November 4, 2014
Pages: 470 (Hardback)
Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.
Like the previous book, I didn’t realize that the book was signed until after I picked it up. I opened the book up to read it and it was signed! I still remember walking through Books-A-Million a million times trying to find this book because I could not find it. I almost had to ask and I really hate asking for help in the store. Now I have a very embarrassing photo of me and this book on my laptop.
Title: The Rose Society; The Midnight Star
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Released: October 13, 2015; October 11, 2016
Pages: 395; 316 (Hardback)
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?
Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.
Like Prodigy and Champion, I got to meet Marie Lu and she signed the third book in The Young Elites at the signing. I bought The Rose Society around my birthday in 2015 since I could find the book signed. I was worried about not being able to get it signed the one time I went to buy it but they had them, obviously.
Title: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Released: June 6, 2017
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
When I was in fifth grade, I thought about being a wedding planner. That died out when the year was done though. But when Sarah Dessen wrote this book about weddings, I knew I would love it. I really loved getting to meet Marie Lu so when Sarah Dessen went to the same bookstore, I knew I had to go. Getting to meet Sarah Dessen was awesome and this might be up there for being one of my favorite books by Sarah Dessen.
Title: What Happened To Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Released: April 9, 2013
Pages: 402 (Paperback)
Following her parents’ bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
This was the book that got me into Sarah Dessen. I remember going to my library and deciding to pick up the book because Sarah is an author from North Carolina. Getting to have her sign this book was amazing and I really loved getting that done. I spent all these years reading her stuff and now I get to cherish these books for a while, well ever and ever. But the one thing I hate about this copy is the fact that it isn’t my favorite cover and there is some paper from a sticker still stuck on the cover. It won’t come off!
*The next few books don’t really have a story to go with them other than the fact that they were signed by Sarah Dessen at the signing*
Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Released: May 11, 2014
Pages: 198 (Paperback)
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.
Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Released: May 5, 2015
Pages: 417 (Hardback)
Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Released: May 14, 2009
Pages: 422 (Paperback)
Ruby can take care of herself.
She’s used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cora. Now Ruby’s got her own room in a fabulous new house, she’s going to private school, and—for the first time—feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there’s the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.
Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
Released: May 11, 2004
Pages: 374 (Paperback)
A long, hot summer…
That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.
Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?
If you made it to the end, I would love to give you a big hug because this is officially the longest post I have written.
Have you read any of these books? Who has been your favorite author to meet? What is one author you would like to meet? Do you think you will be reading any of these books if you haven’t checked them out? What books do you cherish if you had to pick a handful? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!