Hi everyone! In my determination to keep upping the blog game, I am FINALLY writing one of my ‘Let’s Discuss’ posts after a VERY long time of not writing one… Whoops! I have a whole list, so these will become more regular!
First up for discussion is: Author Acknowledgements.
I absolutely love to read author acknowledgements at the back of the book. Sometimes I will flip to the back of a book and read the acknowledgements before I’ve even read the story itself. (I hear some of you gasping ‘But what about spoilers?’ – I am yet to come across an author who puts spoilers in their acknowledgements but on my head be it if they did!).
I’ll be the first to admit that a few years ago I would never read the acknowledgements and would close a book immediately after reading those last precious words of the story. For the last year or so though I have read the acknowledgements in every single book I’ve read and now it’s become a habit I certainly don’t want to kick.
To me, there is something so very special about the author acknowledgements. A book is like a horcrux. When writing a book the author puts their life and soul into it and that book will always be a part of them, no matter how many other lives it touches. Writing a book is such a long, hard journey and I adore reading the acknowledgements to get a glimpse into that journey. There is something so beautiful about seeing such a wonderful outpouring of love and gratitude to those important people who have helped an author along the way. Be that family members, friends, publishing teams, bloggers, pets or life experiences, I find that reading the acknowledgements adds such a personal touch to the book and normally they leave me all fuzzy hearted.
I know that some people don’t read the acknowledgements and, of course, that is absolutely fine! After all, the acknowledgements are there to do a job and that is to thank the people who have supported the author so I can see why not everyone would choose to read them.
In the words of my darling friend Steph @ A Little But A Lot who also loves to read the acknowledgements, “Acknowledgements are lovely. They’re an insight into the people the author loves most. I love seeing the nods to other authors, bloggers and families. I’m not gonna lie, acknowledgements make me cry. They’re a little snippet into an author’s world. It’s a lovely way to finish a book.”
For me, I will continue to read them all and the dream is that one day I may find my own name appearing in the book of an author I have helped to support. I think that would be the ultimate fuzzy heart moment!
Are you a ‘Yay’ or a ‘Nay’?
Do you read the acknowledgements? Why? Why not? I’d love to know!