By far, my favorite part of any book is the dedication. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they give me goosebumps because I am weird and this is the brain I’ve been blessed to navigate this planet with. I’ve had my own personal book dedication written for 3 years now, despite the fact my book is 3% complete. Currently, I’m dedicating a collection of half-finished novels, one of which I wrote while tripping on mushrooms (this one is, by far, the best one).
Because of this obsession, I’ve comprised a list of my seven favorite book dedications of all time and I’m here to cram them down your throats. They each hold a very special place within the depths of my cold, dead heart and bring my lifeless soul joy. When you’re a human woman who despises 95% of the world, that’s a big fucking deal. Carry on.
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
When I was 7, a car drove past me and the driver stuck his tongue out at me FOR NO REASON. I think about this moment at least once a week. I’d like to dedicate a future book of mine to that man’s tongue.
2. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
As the oldest of six children, we are an eight-book series waiting to happen. Most of them will lead to arrests. 80% of us are okay with this.
3. Dark Days by Derek Landy
Currently 7 months pregnant with our first child, I’d like to share a conversation my husband had with our child while in vitro: “See kid, in the comedy world, I’m a ten. Your mom, she’s a solid 6. She likes to think she’s a ten, but I think you and I will both agree when you get here that she’s definitely a solid 6.” I am hilarious, Sean.
4. No Thanks by E.E. Cummings
E.E. Cummings self-published this book with the help of his mother after being rejected by 14 different publishers. He dedicated the book to all 14 of them. There goes my hero.
5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
As the self-proclaimed queen of the messy bun, this dedication broke straight through my rib cage and crucified my heart the second I read it. It speaks to my messy self.
6. This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong
This is a favorite for obvious reasons: we are not worthy of the sweet angel babies that are dogs. My dog is undeniably a better person than I could ever even hope to be. I love you, Maxy. Forever the greatest boy.
7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Remember when I said some book dedications make me cry? This fucker did it for me. As someone who spent the majority of their childhood writing story after story and forcing her siblings to read them, I have a feeling this book was specifically dedicated just for me. Bet.
What are some of your favorite book dedications? Send them to me. I’m seven months pregnant and, I shit you not, will cry happy, heartwarming tears over just about any book dedication you send me. I wish I was kidding.
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