Working as a bookseller has many perks, one of which is that it becomes easier to get your hands on a signed copy of a book you’re excited for. Whether that’s being the first one to see signed stock arrive (I’ve spent many a quiet morning looking through author signatures with my colleagues!) or working events where you can get your own copy signed, it’s been one of the best things about working in a bookshop.
Having been a bookseller for two and a bit years, I’ve managed to collect a fair few signed books so thought I’d share some of them here!
Starting off with the regular old, signed-before-they-got-to-me, books:
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
A pre-order exclusive that we had a lot of customers desperate for after publication. Just a bit of bookseller advice for you, if there’s the option of a signed pre-order, DO IT! There’s no guarantee that there will be signed copies in stores.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
This was sent to me by the lovely Ammara at Harper Insider who often send books out to booksellers. The signed copy was a complete surprise but just makes it even more special.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This was a BOTM what feels like forever ago! I always try to keep up with books we’re highlighting and when I saw I signed copy, I picked it up right away.
The Girls by Emma Cline
This was given to me by a colleague who had managed to find a signed copy but was having a clear out. I’d been eyeing up the paperback for so long that it was a no brainer!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This was a bookshop find of mine when I was a young teen. I was looking to buy my friend a copy of the book because I loved it so much, only to find this sparkly signed edition. Needless to say, they got the ordinary paperback and I kept this one for myself 😂
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I stumbled across the signed edition of this book in my YA section and was captivated by how pretty it was. Even better, the story sounded great and it was signed!
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I pre-ordered the signed copy of The Mercies after hearing some great reviews! I’m so glad I did as it’s absolutely gorgeous and fully deserving of a place on my forever shelves.
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
After really enjoying The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the story behind it, I just had to pre-order Cilka’s story. When I saw the signed option, I didn’t think twice.
Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale by Dominique Valente
As a big fan of the first book in this series, when I saw the signed stock arrive on our Children’s floor, it simply had to come home with me. It’s signed in sparkly pink gel pen – how could I not?!
How Do We Know We’re Doing it Right? by Pandora Sykes
This was another pre-order exclusive. After hearing brilliant things and being a fan of the High Low podcast that Pandora hosts with Dolly Alderton, I just had to.
And now for the even more special, signed-with-a-story copies:
Glass Houses and Black Dawn by Rachel Caine
A real stand out moment of my teen life was meeting the author of my favourite vampire series in my local bookshop. Not only was she just as cool as I’d imagined, she said she was my biggest fan (😭) and her husband drew me a dragon. I mean, come on, she even drew her smiley faces with fangs!
The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea
This isn’t a dedicated one but Caroline did come into the shop not long after I’d flown through my proof copy of her book. We got to talk for a while, she was amazingly lovely and I couldn’t help myself from taking home a signed copy to sit on my shelves!
The Book Thief and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
To celebrate the launch of Bridge of Clay, Markus came to the shop to do a book launch event with us. He was one of the nicest authors I’ve met and took the time to sign my books, even with some little drawings!
Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
These two lovely ladies did a book launch event with us and were kind enough to sign my proof copy for me!
Mythos and Heroes by Stephen Fry
Another one that’s not dedicated but still has a pretty cool story. I got to work one of the events that Stephen did in Birmingham (a series of three shows) to talk about Mythos and Heroes while we were waiting for the publication of the third book, Troy. While I couldn’t pluck up the courage to ask for a personal dedication, I did get to watch him sign the books before the show!
Do you have a bit of a signed book collection? Or maybe you’ve met your favourite author? I’d love to know!
You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss this post (or any of the others) more or if you’re just looking for some book chat! 😌