I love books. NO REALLY. I LOVE them. I also consider myself a voracious reader, and back that up with the fact that I read Every. Single. Day. Sometimes twice a day. I’m an old school reader in that I prefer physical books and won’t use an e-reader. I enjoy the musty smell of older books and the feel of the page beneath my fingers.
Candidly if I hadn’t chosen appreciation as my blog focus, I probably would have gone with books.
There’s something that I cherish about books that ties directly in with my passion for appreciation and that’s the Acknowledgements page(s).
What are those you ask? You know the place, where authors have the chance to say thank you to everyone who made it possible to get this book into your hot little hands. Here’s a sample:
FYI: It is intentionally blurred and redacted. You’re eyes aren’t tricking you!
Sometimes the Acknowledgements page(s) is/are the best one(s) to read in a book. Here’s why I think so:
- The writer has publicly thanked someone for their support and/or efforts. I love this monumental act of showing one’s appreciation. It’s permanent for all to read for as long as there is a copy of the book available. On these pages, you learn about the author’s friends, family, and writers who inspired them. Sometimes I wonder what criteria the author used to pick who was mentioned. There are also instances where I believe that the appreciation shown on these pages may stronger than what she/he may have expressed in person.
- You can learn about the how and why the author approached the book’s topic or plot they way they did. I love this behind the scenes look.
- I’ll let you in on a secret. I also read these pages to see if there is someone I know. I occasionally see the name of a writer or celebrity I like or a name that is the same as a friend of mine. I’ll pause and ask, “Is it MY friend or someone who just has the same name?” Inquiring minds want to know!
- Finally, as I aspire to one day write a book, I’ll ask myself, “Who would I include in the Acknowledgements page?”
The Acknowledgements Page(s) really make me happy in general. As I said, I love that writers are taking the opportunity to show their appreciation for those that made the book happen. Plus it’s written, albeit typed, but it’s kind of a written thank you note — a thing that’s near and dear to my heart.