Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How it works:
That Artsy Reader Girl assigns each Tuesday a topic and then I have to post my top ten(or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list that fits that topic.
This week’s topic is
THANKFUL FOR HAVING THESE SIGNED BOOKS! – Inspired by the Bookdutchesses TTT article
I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do exactly with this week’s TTT article since it was a freebie; so I could do with it as I liked. I just never got around to finding the right inspiration I guess. Until…
Until I was reading Isabelle and Candyce’s article over at their blog, in which they’re talking about the book signings they’re thankful for. And I was already working on a bookish article that revolved around the signed books I’ve collected throughout the years and I thought their idea was so awesome; To highlight a top 10 in this week’s article on signed books. So I kind of stole – I asked them nicely by showing them my best ‘puppy look’ – their idea and thought it would be fun to show my top 10 of favorite signed books that I’ve collected so far. Here we go!
It’s quite shocking as to how many signed books I’ve actually gathered throughout the years. Some of these signed books I got through signings and meeting authors myself, and some of them through buying books online or via another way. I’m working on an article in which I’ll show you ALL of my signed books, but today is all about my top 10. I’ll dive a bit deeper into the background stories of how I got these books as well, so be prepared to meet my Inner Fangirl going crazy when reminiscing hihi…
> several books by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I got the opportunity to meet Jennifer when she came to Holland a while ago. I’ve been a fan of her for years – I got acquainted with this author through reading the LUX series many years ago and after that I started reading all of her others books, a couple I haven’t read yet, as well. Wether she’s writing young adult or adult books, contemporary romance or fantasy/paranormal; I love her writing so so much! Getting to meet her was one of the best things that have happened to me over the year, in the book community. And I not only got to meet her, I got to do an in-person interview with her as well on the day of the event. I sat with her in a secluded room and got to talk to her for like almost 40minutes? I still cannot believe this has happened to be honest hahaha! It was everything! I’ll never forget this, that’s for sure! Aaaaanyway. She signed some books I brought with me and I also ordered a couple of books online throughout the years, that she has signed as well so let me show you!
> the Remnant Chronicles by Mary e. Pearson
Another all-time favorite author of mine that I got to meet in person, back in 2016, and this one by utter chance – but seriously: I cannot believe I got to meet so many unicorn authors to this date. I feel so very lucky! My meeting with Mary e. Pearson has probably been the most special one for me, to this date. None of her books have been translated to Dutch so far, which bums me out so much since her writing is so frigging good!, so her coming here for a signing was like never gonna happen at that point. When seeing on her social media that she was on Holiday here in Amsterdam, I got bold and asked if there was a possibility of meeting her somewhere in Amsterdam, for like just 5 minutes or so? to get an autograph and a picture. I didn’t want to disturb her vacation really but what were the odds of her being here in Amsterdam?! This was the only chance I would probably get of meeting her, and I’d be happy to take the train to Amsterdam – I live hours away from it – to meet up with her, even for a couple of minutes. I thought asking couldn’t hurt you know? And then she replied and decided – she was pleasantly surprised to hear she had fans in Holland, because she wasn’t aware of people reading her books here *shocking… we totally rectified this ‘mistake’ by telling her she had quite a lot of them actually haha – to ask me and two other fans who I was in contact with over this, to meet up with her at her hotel and get a coffee together. I mean; which New York best selling author does this? Taking the time to meet up with fans like this? I’m still baffled by it, really – in the best way possible. So this ended up in us going to her hotel on a Friday morning and being there, talking to her for over 90 minutes. I feel so very privileged for this having happened to me. I gladly took the train at 6 in the morning and gladly payed €50 for my train ticket to do this. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this meeting was. We talked a lot about books of course – book 3 of the Remnant Chronicles wasn’t out yet but would be in just a couple of months-, her life as an author and how she got where she is today but also a lot of personal talk as well about family and such. It was just amazing. She’s such a warm, loving and kind person and I’ll treasure this day forever. At the end of the meeting she asked for our addresses and she sent a signed bookplate and bookmark right after the release of the Beauty of Darkness so we got to add an autograph to this book as well – (I don’t have a picture of the signed bookplate atm)
> the Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Gena is the author that introduced me to the Paranormal Romance genre, which is one of my all time favorite go to genres nowadays, when I came across her Lords of the Underworlds series many years ago. Ever since then, I’ve read a lot of her contemporary romance books as well as some of her young adult books too. So when it was announced she’d be an attending author at YALfestNL 2017, there was no doubt in my mind: I NEEDED a ticket so I could meet her! She’s one of my unicorn authors and getting the opportunity to meet her, which I never thought possible but thankfully one of her ya series got translated here so the Dutch publisher arranged all this, was one of the very few highlights of 2017 for me. Most readers brought their ya books with them to the signing, but I decided to take book 1 of Lords of the Underworlds with me, even though it’s a bit battered and worn from reading many times and a small paperback at that. But this is were it all started for me; Lords of the Underworlds, so getting it signed was my only goal that day haha. Gena was so kind and I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some of her contemporary books as well in the years since and I love connecting with her through social media. She’s so open to her fans and takes the time to respond to them even though she must have such a busy live. I mean, I know authors are just people you know haha but they can have such busy lives and an enormous amount of fans so I could totally understand them not having the time to reply to so many of them.
> Several books by Sarah J. Maas
I have quite a lot of signed books/bookplates etc. by the amazing Sarah J. Maas. When I bought my UK paperback of Heir of Fire back in 2014 for example, I received a signed copy through book depository for example! This book ended up being my favorite of the entire series – still is – so the fact that I got a signed one of HoF is just so amazing I think. I received some bookplates as well throughout the years and I bought some special editions. To top it all of; I went to an signing in London in October 2016 and got to meet her which was really awesome! The Q&A was so much fun and afterward she personally signed my Empire of Storms copy and her husband – I love how supportive he is of her and always goes along with her on these tours – put a really stunning autograph seal on my naked hardcover of a Court of Mist and Fury. So I feel very happy and privileged to have such a great autograph collection of this author. I really hope I get to meet her again one day so I can get a picture taken as well hihi. Yeah, I’m greedy.. so sue me, lol.
> Several books by Rebecca Yarros
Even though I haven’t met her in real life (YET: because I’m going to meet her at RARE London Next year!!! Insert: crying because of happiness) I was lucky enough to get some signed books by one of my all-time favorite authors, everrrr… Rebecca’s books are so so special to me but aside from that, I admire this woman behind the books so much! She’s such an inspiring person and I love her dearly for sharing everything she goes through with her family of 8 (which includes her husband, Rebecca herself and their 6 children), being a military wife and trying to juggle being a mom, wife and author and ALSO spent a lot of time interacting with her readers. She is just amazing and I am so happy she sent me a box filled with signed books for some friends of mine and for myself. They are so precious to me. I cannot wait to meer her in real life next year, something I never thought would happen so soon, if ever.
> Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh
There’s a whole story to receiving this signed book: I’ve been such a huge fan of this author for years now. I came across her books accidentally when I was in London years ago and brought the first three books in the Guild Hunter series back home with me because the synopsis sounded so good – In hindsight; it had to be fate intervening here: The books were put in between the YA books over at Waterstones, when they’re definitely NOT young adult reads haha. They’re paranormal romance and are quite adult/sexy haha. But I keep having this feeling – yeah, I’m one of those superstitious people, lol – it was fate intervening; making sure I came across these books. These books have been so important to me during a difficult time and for that alone I’m forever grateful to Nalini. Of course, meeting her is something that’s still very high on my bookish bucket list, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon. My husband, the amazing man that he is!, picked up on my love for this author and reached out to her some years ago, telling her how much of a fan I was and how much her books meant to me. And then someday, out of the blue, I received a package from New Zealand sent by Nalini Singh… Yeah, not kidding. I received a package sent by her, which included a signed book, as well as a personally written note. I’m tearing up again as we speak because I still cannot believe there are people like her out there, doing these small acts of kindness. I can’t begin to express my gratitude towards this author, but it’s huge; that I CAN tell you. So yeah, of course this book had to be included because it’s one of my most treasured signed books, if not The most.
> the Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Lesley was one of the authors attending YALfestNL 2017 and I wasn’t familiar with her yet at the time she was announced, so I started to look up her books and bought the Valiant, her latest release at the time, the first book in a new ya series she was writing. I’ve read the book prior to the event and ended up loving it so incredibly much! So these events can be so stimulating when it comes to new-to-me authors. I love discovering them and their books and then fall in love with the writing, like what happened to me in this case. I met up with some friends of mine at the event and we decided to skip our workshops, which ended up in us roaming the empty hallways during the workshops and meeting Lesley up close and personal, lol. I mean, there were the signings so you got to meet all of the attending authors if you wished, but now we came across Lesley while she was roaming the hallways herself as well, with no one around. We had at least 20minutes of talking time with her, which was awesome! She was so funny and open and kind and we had a blast meeting her.
> Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye
This author is one I’ve been loving so much for years now. Everything I’ve read by her so far has been amazing, utterly amazing. But this book in particular, has come to mean the world to me. It was the inspiration behind my first tattoo and it was the motivation for me when being depressed and being in a bad place, to stand up and work my way through it – I’m not 100% back from it all but I’m getting there so I’m happy with how far I’ve come already. Of course, my beautiful family is important to me a lot in this process but this book and this author have been a part of my healing process as well and I’m so very thankful for it. It’s amazing how important written words can be to someone. I’m really thankful to Laura for writing this book in the first place, and for sending a signed copy my way. And it was such a surprise as well to see that when I received the book, it came with a bookmark and magnet and that the bookmark had a quote of ME on it *still shocked, knowing that bookmark is going with her on tours, is being sent out to readers all over the world, and it has my words and thoughts and feelings on it.
> Stil van Jou (EN: an Ounce of Hope) by Sophie Jackson
I got the opportunity to do an interview with this author back in 2017 – it was my Birthday actually haha. I turned 28 that day. I had read her books prior to this day of course and was really surprised as to how much I ended up loving them in the end. A series I’ll definitely return to, to re-read in the future. Interviewing Sophie was just so much fun and I had a blast that day and afterward when writing down my Q&A article as well on Melissa’s Bookworld. I brought the second book in the series with me to get it signed, since that was my most favorite one.
> Several books by Julie Kagawa
Julie has been to the Netherlands quite a lot in the past years, which I think is really awesome! She’s so dedicated to her fans and I love her a lot for it! When it was announced she’d be at the VanPiere bookstore in Eindhoven in 2016 me and a couple of friends decided to go and meet her. There was a Q&A prior to the signing, which was a lot of fun. And afterward we all got more than enough time to have our books signed and take a picture with Julie. She was really kind. I took 2 books with me to get signed: Talon, the first book in the Talon Series and the Immortal Rules, the first book in the Blood of Eden trilogy.
These are definitely my favorite signed books. Looking back on this list, I actually can’t believe I’ve already met so many amazing authors. If you would’ve told me 3 years ago that I would get to meet them in the nearby future, I would’ve said you’re crazy, lol.
I’ve bought and received a lot of other books as well throughout the years, and I’ll be showing them to you in another article in the future as well. There’s so much I want to show you guys.