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Who else has a favorite dedication? From dedicating a book to those with anxiety, to those who fall in love with the villains, to being wary of the cookies and cream ice cream scene (I’m looking at you, “Butcher & Blackbird”), there are SO many good dedications out there. 

Why dedications matter

There’s something about finding a book where all its aspects—the cover, the content, and the dedication—speak to you. We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I think that judging a book by its dedication is a pretty reasonable thing to do. Take the dedication for “One Dark Window” by Rachel Gillig, for example:“To the quiet girls with stories in their heads. To their dreams - and their nightmares.”Sometimes, I find that dedications are a better indication of how a book will impact me than the synopsis. Of course, the synopsis will give me a preview of what the book is about, but the dedication can be a preview of what I will feel. Sometimes they can even be a little snippet of who the author is personally. It’s yet another layer that’s removed between writer and reader, letting us into their brain a little further. 

Readers pick their favorite dedications

On the Fable for You feed, readers shared 100 dedications from their favorite books. Here are a few from the comments!Christiona D highlighted this dedication from “I Feed Her to the Beast, and the Beast is Me” by Jamison Shea.

"TO THOSE WHO FIND FREEDOM IN BECOMING A MONSTER WHEN DENIED THE SPACE TO BE HUMAN"

Lily Ani highlighted this dedication from "Hunted" by Meagan Spooner.

To the girl who reads by flashlight who sees dragons in the clouds who feels most alive in worlds that never were who knows magic is real who dreams This book is for you

Amanda S shared this dedication from "Divine Rivals" by Rebecca Ross.

For anyone who sought a different realm through a wardrobe door, Who wrote a letter and is still waiting for a reply, Or who dreams of stories and bleeds words.

Thea spotlighted "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for its inspiring dedication.

“To Leon WerthI ask children to forgive me for dedicating this book to a grown-up. I have a serious excuse; this grown-up is the best friend I have in the world. I have another excuse: this grown-up can understand everything, even books for children. I have a third excuse: he lives in France where he is hungry and cold. He needs to be comforted. If all these excuses are not enough, then I want to dedicate this book to the child whom this grown-up once was. All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it.) So I correct my dedication:To Leon Werth When he was a little boy”

Anna Grace picked the dedication from "Holding Up the Universe" by Jennifer Niven.“for Kerry, Louis, Angelo, & Ed, who help hold up my universe and for all my readers everywhere, who are the world to me.”

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