Monday Memories is a weekly feature hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. Just please link back if you decide to join!
Today for Monday Memories I’m talking about The Diviners by Libba Bray.
Like everyone, I really love Libba Bray. Back in 2012, Nicole and I were super excited to hear that Libba’s next book was going to be a fantasy/mystery set in the 1920s. Even more exciting, we realized that there would be ARCs of that book at BEA 2012. This was the first year Nicole and I braved BEA for the entire three days and it was super worth it. On our first day while exploring the floor we snagged beautiful ARCs of this book. I read it that summer (it did not take as long as I thought it would).
This ARC is particularly special to me now because the books have since been repackaged. While I like the new design I think this original art is much truer to the content of the story which is sweeping and dramatic and often quite chilling.
Later that year Libba Bray was at Books of Wonder for the launch of The Diviners. I was working that day and sadly didn’t get to enjoy a lot of the event. But Nicole did and she also got my ARC signed for me. I also incidentally have a Diviners medallion that Allison (from the bookstore) gave me too. Part of the good memories from this are realizing I no longer work at the bookstore which means that I can enjoy events instead of being stuck at the cash register always. But also it’s a book Nicole and I enjoyed together–something we did less often back then–which makes it even more special.
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