I’ll be the first to admit it, I love signed books, especially if it was one of my favorite reads and personalized. Just admiring the author’s unique signature makes me happy. During these past few months ever since I started book blogging, I’ve met with three different authors personally and got my books signed. I would literally stare at their signature for days, wondering why I couldn’t have such a fancy, unique signature like they do. I mean, seriously, do they take author signing classes or something?
Last Sunday, I was at Books of Wonder (for those of you who don’t know what Books of Wonder is, it’s a popular bookstore in NYC). Books of Wonder usually have some signed books in stock, ranging from Anna Carey’s Eve to Brodi Ashton’s Everbound. Now here’s the thing – I picked up a copy of Clockwork Princess, signed, and looked at Cassandra Clare’s signature, but didn’t buy it although her books are popular and the cover of Clockwork Princess is completely gorgeous. Why? Well, I’m a bit ashamed to admit this, but her signature didn’t amaze me. (For those of you who haven’t seen her signature, click here.) I personally felt that anyone could copy off her signature and pass it off as a signed book signed by her since her signature is so simple. Since I already had a non-signed copy of Clockwork Princess, why buy a signed copy when her signature didn’t amaze me?
Now let me get this straight – I didn’t write this topic to make fun or talk bad of her signature. No, far from it. I’m just saying that to me, how an author’s signature looks plays a huge factor in whether I would buy that signed copy or not, especially if I already owned the book. It’s something I can’t help but do.
What about you? Do you feel the same way I do or are you happy to get your hands on any signed book you see, despite how the signature looks like?