Before a writer finishes a book, there's only last thing to consider ahead of publishing it, and that's a book dedication. After all, masterpiece or not, the finished copy is there for hundreds of people to see, and it's the last chance for the (in)famous writer to attract the possible reader.

How many book dedications do you remember? My point exactly. Most of them are generic and unimaginative. But not these. Bored Panda has collected some of the greatest book dedications ever written to prove that writers do have the most excellent sense of humor and can tell a story even in a sentence or two.

From hilariously funny jokes about family life to warning mom about the sex scenes in the book, these dedications, without a doubt, get the audience interested in the title even before the entertaining book begins. So scroll down to read our selection of the best jokes from the first pages of publications, and don't forget to vote for your favorite funny books.

#1

Graduate Texts In Mathematics - An Introduction To Algebraic Topology By Joseph J. Rotman

Graduate Texts In Mathematics - An Introduction To Algebraic Topology By Joseph J. Rotman

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#3

Skulduggery Pleasant - Mortal Coil By Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant - Mortal Coil By Derek Landy

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#4

Top-Tier Book Dedication

Top-Tier Book Dedication

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#5

Joan Rivers' Dedication Page Of Her Last Book, Diary Of A Mad Diva

Joan Rivers' Dedication Page Of Her Last Book, Diary Of A Mad Diva

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Samn Dammett
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well that applies to just EVERY book then!

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#6

Skulduggery Pleasant - Death Bringer By Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant - Death Bringer By Derek Landy

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J Perry
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably me if I ever manage to write a book. By then probably to my nieces' and nephews' babies... 😜

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#7

I've Never Before Chosen A Book Based Simply On The Dedication

I've Never Before Chosen A Book Based Simply On The Dedication

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SykesDaMan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this a book that inspired or was inspired "How I met your mother" or more accurately "All the women I had before your mother"?

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#8

E.E. Cummings Self-Published his book With The Help Of His Mother And Dedicated It To The Fourteen Publishing Houses Who Turned The Collection Down

E.E. Cummings Self-Published his book With The Help Of His Mother And Dedicated It To The Fourteen Publishing Houses Who Turned The Collection Down

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Laetitia
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*Upvotes a million times for the pettiness of it!*

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#9

No Way Back By Matthew Klein

No Way Back By Matthew Klein

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#10

The Selection By Kiera Cass

The Selection By Kiera Cass

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Brandon Paltoo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My favorite we are always kids to our parents lol

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#11

The End Games By T. Michael Martin

The End Games By T. Michael Martin

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#12

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir By Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir By Jenny Lawson

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#13

One Of The Most Important Parts Of Connor Franta's New Book Is The Dedication

One Of The Most Important Parts Of Connor Franta's New Book Is The Dedication

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#14

I Love This Book Dedication

I Love This Book Dedication

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#15

Finally Sitting Down To Enjoy The Utterly Beautiful, Funny, Captivating New Book From Moose Allain, Which Has The Most Wonderful Dedication

Finally Sitting Down To Enjoy The Utterly Beautiful, Funny, Captivating New Book From Moose Allain, Which Has The Most Wonderful Dedication

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#16

When You're So Far In The Friendzone You Get A Book Dedication. Austenland By Shannon Hale

When You're So Far In The Friendzone You Get A Book Dedication. Austenland By Shannon Hale

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Claire
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not the friend zone rofl - Colin Firth is a celebrity (Mr Darcy + Bridget Jones).

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#17

Mortal Gods (The Goddess War) By Kendare Blake

Mortal Gods (The Goddess War) By Kendare Blake

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#18

City Of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Volume 1) By Tad William

City Of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Volume 1) By Tad William

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arg
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dedication in book 4: "My father still hasn’t actually cracked any of the books – so, no, he still hasn’t noticed. I think I’m just going to have to tell him. Maybe I should break it to him gently. 'Everyone here who hasn’t had a book dedicated to them, take three steps forward. Whoops, Dad, hang on there for a second...' "

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#19

Hooked On Judd Apatow's Book Since The Dedication Page

Hooked On Judd Apatow's Book Since The Dedication Page

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#20

Opened Up My Finance Textbook And Found This Dedication

Opened Up My Finance Textbook And Found This Dedication

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#21

That Moment When You're Already Amused And It's Only The Dedication Page

That Moment When You're Already Amused And It's Only The Dedication Page

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Christina Waide
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the middle child who gets missed-next time dedicate it to Jake!

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#23

Product Details The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms By Chris Colfer

Product Details The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms By Chris Colfer

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CatShatBrix
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was you?! Oh no... just try not to think about the next time you meet them

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#24

Picked Up A Book By My Lecturer And I'm Pretty Sure The Dedication Is To His Dog

Picked Up A Book By My Lecturer And I'm Pretty Sure The Dedication Is To His Dog

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#25

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics Of Pirates By Peter Leeson

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics Of Pirates By Peter Leeson

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Bunnies are better!!
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I looked it up, on wikipedia all it said in the personal life section was: He has a tattoo of a supply and demand curve on his right biceps.[15]

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#26

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang By Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang By Chelsea Handler

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CatShatBrix
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That should make them regret what they did to you!

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#27

A Well Written Dedication Can Tell You More About The Author Than Their Bio At The End

A Well Written Dedication Can Tell You More About The Author Than Their Bio At The End

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#28

The House Of Hades By Rick Riordan

The House Of Hades By Rick Riordan

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LJthe Gamebreaker
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cheeky bugger literally left his characters on a cliff hanging.... and then ended the book.

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#29

To Everyone Who Wonders If I'm Writing About Them

To Everyone Who Wonders If I'm Writing About Them

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CatShatBrix
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are you sure you're writing about me? About a cat that sneaks onto his Hooman's tablet at night to read BoredPanda?

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#30

My Next Bedtime Reading. The Dedication Makes Me Chuckle

My Next Bedtime Reading. The Dedication Makes Me Chuckle

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CatShatBrix
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I KNOW! Teaching is mostly fun, and then there's papers, emails, bitchy colleagues, d!ckish *ahem* challenging students, et cetera et cetera et cetera

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#31

This Is A Book Dedication

This Is A Book Dedication

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#32

Skulduggery Pleasant: The End Of The World By Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant: The End Of The World By Derek Landy

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sexy_scorpio_3MD
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I looked up what the covers look like and they are pretty awesome!

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#33

Omg The Dedication In My Lady Jane

Omg The Dedication In My Lady Jane

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CatShatBrix
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What?! I don't like where this is going...

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#34

Skulduggery Pleasant - Dark Days By Darek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant - Dark Days By Darek Landy

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#35

The Dedication Page In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

The Dedication Page In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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#36

More New Life Goal: Someday Writing A Book Dedication Half As Good As This One

More New Life Goal: Someday Writing A Book Dedication Half As Good As This One

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It's Caturday 2.0
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Certain poems have beginning of each line capitalized.

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#37

Yes. I Bought This Book Based On The Dedication Page

Yes. I Bought This Book Based On The Dedication Page

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#38

Enjoying Admiral By Sean Danker. Great Book, Great Dedication. Lookin Fwd To Reading More Mr D

Enjoying Admiral By Sean Danker. Great Book, Great Dedication. Lookin Fwd To Reading More Mr D

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#39

They Deserved It!

They Deserved It!

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#40

Sometimes I Try To Gauge How Much I'll Like A Book By Reading The Dedication. This One's Definitely A Winner

Sometimes I Try To Gauge How Much I'll Like A Book By Reading The Dedication. This One's Definitely A Winner

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#41

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong By Prudence Shen And Faith Erin Hicks

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong By Prudence Shen And Faith Erin Hicks

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#42

The Dedication Page To This Book Is Great

The Dedication Page To This Book Is Great

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#43

Found A Great Dedication In A Book I Got For Christmas

Found A Great Dedication In A Book I Got For Christmas

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Bobbi Newell
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Allie Brosh, her blog and book entitled Hyperbole and a Half. Scott was a troll.

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#44

Reading Bryn Greenwood's 'All The Ugly And Wonderful Things' And This Is My Favourite Book Dedication Ever

Reading Bryn Greenwood's 'All The Ugly And Wonderful Things' And This Is My Favourite Book Dedication Ever

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#45

Dedication Page Of A Book I Just Borrowed

Dedication Page Of A Book I Just Borrowed

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#46

Thicker Than Water, Melissa L Meyer

Thicker Than Water, Melissa L Meyer

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#47

The Best Dedication Page Ever. Go Andy Weir

The Best Dedication Page Ever. Go Andy Weir

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Meep
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WOOO! This is one of my favorite books. I remember loving this dedication.

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#48

Reading One Of The Frances Book To My Son And Found This Dedication So Charming I Laughed Out Loud

Reading One Of The Frances Book To My Son And Found This Dedication So Charming I Laughed Out Loud

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#49

Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All Of Us By Jesse Bering

Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All Of Us By Jesse Bering

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#50

"Spindle" By E.K. Johnston

"Spindle" By E.K. Johnston

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#51

The Dedication In This Book

The Dedication In This Book

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#52

Makbara By Juan Goytisolo

Makbara By Juan Goytisolo

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Karynne Williams
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really wish all these had the title of the books, I haven't ever bought a book by the dedication, but I may start trying it.

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#53

Funniest Book Dedication Ever

Funniest Book Dedication Ever

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#54

You Might Be A Zombie And Other Bad News By Editors Of Cracked

You Might Be A Zombie And Other Bad News By Editors Of Cracked

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#55

The Santa Beacon By Graham Gardener

The Santa Beacon By Graham Gardener

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TC
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So he doesn't dedicate the book to them...

#56

Post Office By Charles Bukowski

Post Office By Charles Bukowski

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TC
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It could have been dedicated to a fictional character...

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#57

And People Think That Lawyers Aren't Sincere

And People Think That Lawyers Aren't Sincere

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Susan Bertke
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I believe that's legalese for "To My Wife."