Acknowledgements and Dedications

Fact about me – when I was younger I read the acknowledgements and dedications of books. Religiously. They were usually short and sweet and they made me feel “closer” to my favourite authors. Roll on (quite) a few years, and I realised that I don’t read the acknowledgements and dedications anywhere near as often as I used to. I wracked my brain and I really don’t have a good reason for why I used to read them, and why I don’t anymore. Sometimes I’ll take a peak if it’s a book by a favourite author, or a series I love, then I might spare a few minutes to read it, but generally I just want to dig in to the story.

A recent article by Buzzfeed opened my eyes as to what I could be missing out on…

Acknowledgements and Dedications
Top Left: Austenland by Shannon Hale, Bottom Left: The Selection by Kiera Cass, Middle: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Right: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling.

So, what about you? Do you read acknowledgements and dedications? Have you come across any great ones you want to share? I feel like we should get a hashtag going for this on Twitter!

This discussion was inspired by this post by Escape From Reality and this article by Buzzfeed.

About Rachel

Avid reader & #bookblogger. Lover of all things business. A fan of drinks & dancing. Ever optimistic. Feminist.

25 Responses

  1. thebookheap

    One of my favourite dedications is Neil Gaiman’s Anansi boys. I’ll take a pic of it and put it on my instagram but it makes me smile- what hashtag do you want for it? (my profile is private so idk if you’d see it, but I’ve linked it on my book blog profile…)

    Rick Riordan, what a trololol.


      1. I love these! I enjoy reading acknowledgments. Though I can’t think of any good ones right now. Just occasionally they’re a bit boring and annoying. As for a hashtag… mmmh… #bestbookdedications? I dunno!


  2. This post made me realize that I do indeed read book dedications. I guess I don’t do it consciously, but I recognize the Austenland one and the Harry Potter looks vaguely familiar (it’s been awhile since I read Deathly Hallows). I flipped to the dedication in my current read (The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde) – yep, I totally read it when I started the book. 🙂


  3. I always read the dedication page, but never read the acknowledgment pages in the back-those are usually really long, and I think are aimed more towards the people being thanked 🙂


  4. Actually since I’ve started blogging I’ve begun reading the Acknowledgements. It came to my attention that authors often mention bloggers and other authors that have helped to promote and just aid in the publishing process for their books. So now of course I’m curious to see which bloggers and authors I can spot in books! 😀


  5. I’m a little obsessed with dedicated and have some memorized by heart. For instance, I love that Stephen King has dedicated and continues to dedicate so many books to his wife and now her son, Joe Hill has dedicated one to her as well. She must be one hell of a woman.


  6. I always read the acknowledgments, even the really long ones at the end. It amazes me how many people go into making a book and it’s cool it get inside the author’s head and see how they write when they’re just themselves and not their characters.


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