Tagging Authors in Blog Post Titles: I Have Questions (Asking for a Friend)

*Please remember as always this is simply for discussion only. I do not feel there is a right or wrong. I just love picking your blogging minds ❤

Lately, it has resurfaced on Twitter and social media, that little PSA: Please Do Not Tag Authors in Negative Reviews. I have never personally tagged an author in a negative review (I cannot understand why someone would unless they had a personal grudge to fulfill or it was a complete doh moment?), but I have had a few instances where fellow bloggers chose to share my less than stellar thoughts and tag the author *cringe* *facepalm*. The results were mortifying. I wanted to reach out and apologize to the author, not for my review but the blogger’s decision to tag them but had no idea what the proper etiquette in this scenario was.

I am sorry that I do not like your book and someone decided to share my horrible review with you. I still do not like the book, but hey.. hugs!

Awkward! Why would someone even opt to tag the author for me? The entire experience left me with multiple questions I had no answers to.

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Naturally, recent conversations led me to think further about this topic and opened up new questions. Now, I know that many of you choose to include hashtags in your blog post titles so that these are properly shared on social media (i.e. Twitter) and I get this. While I choose not to do this, I understand the concept. However, I am also seeing that a lot of bloggers are including author Twitter handles in the these as well.. so naturally..

I Have Questions!

Do you choose to also include the author’s Twitter handle directly in your post title?

If so, do you make sure to only do this for reviews of a certain rating or higher?

Is this something that was requested by the ARC/Review Copy supplier?

Do you only do this with promotional/tour posts?

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Ideally, when I see these headers, I imagine the author is receiving a notification for every single share on that specific post. Maybe this amounts to a small handful, or maybe you have a great day and this really adds up 👍 Think mountains baby!

I cannot lie, I am tempted to remove author tags before sharing. I don’t because I know that many bloggers feel it’s incredibly rude to alter the hashtags and handles they have in place for sharing purposes and I respect that.

But why would you want to do that you ask? Glad you did!
Maybe it is just me, but receiving a notice every single time a post written by a blogger about a book is shared combined with other reviewers also tagging that author feels like it could add up to incredible amounts. I am guessing they only need to see the review once at best. *Think that time you were tagged with 10 other people in a tweet and the conversation spiraled out of control until you finally remembered you could mute it! Let me also take this moment to apologize for the entire time period before I learned how to reply back to only one specific person in said threads 😉

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But perhaps this is a promotional post (i.e. tour, blitz) and these tags and notifications help authors and publishers gain a sense of reach? Maybe they prefer this and benefit from it?

I do not include hashtags and Twitter handles in my own blog posts titles. I tend to do this as a separate, manual tweet. It is a personal preference, not a matter of me saying one way is right or wrong.

So I am asking you: What are your preferences on this? Do you find that it is better to include author tags directly in the post title? Maybe you feel the notifications do not matter in the long run of things and that it is more beneficial to have the tweets shared in every possible way each time. If you are an author, would you want to be tagged in this specific manner? Asking for a friend 😉

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Better Late Than Never: Pride Month Reading List

Okay, so we are officially halfway through 🌈Pride Month and I am incredibly late with this post, but that does not mean I have not been celebrating! This includes cramming as many LGBTQIAP+ books into this month’s TBR as I possibly can. And loving every minute of it!

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What I Have Read

Reign of the Fallen

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)
By Sarah Glenn Marsh

Synopsis:
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Representation: So much! ❤ With a bi protagonist and diverse and often queer cast, this book easily holds my heart in terms of characters ❤

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A Line in the Dark
By Malinda Lo

Synopsis:

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

Representation: Lesbian Chinese-American female protagonist who is in love with her best friend ❤

Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash
By Malinda Lo

Synopsis:

Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Representation: Lesbian female protagonist portrayed in the most natural way, and I love this story for that if nothing else! ❤

What I am Currently Reading

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Daughter of the Burning City
By Amanda Foody

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Representation: I am still reading this, but it seems Sorina is bi, and a couple of the illusions are queer as well as a possible demisexual supporting character ❤

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Rubyfruit Jungle
By Rita Mae Brown

Synopsis: Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America–and living happily ever after.

Representation: Well, it is as the blurb says about a lesbian protagonist in what is proving to be a beautiful coming of age story ❤

Planning to Read Next

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Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
By Amy Ellis Nutt

Synopsis:

The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the right to be different—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.

Representation: Transgender female (have yet to read) ❤

 

the art of being normal

The Art of Being Normal
By Lisa Williamson

Synopsis:

Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Representation: I believe queer and transgender (will find out) ❤

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What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the above or do you have any recommendations?

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Why Being a Mood Reader Means I Rarely, Truly DNF Books

Ok, so hear me out because this is not an argument for forcing yourself to finish titles you do not enjoy. I am not a fan of self-torture and usually find you will take very little away from reading that is coerced. I support DNF’ing. If it doesn’t work, it simply doesn’t. I think we can all agree life is too short to spend it reading books we do not enjoy.

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Now that I have cleared that up, I admit that I personally struggle to DNF titles. This used to be out of stubbornness. I had an odd sense of commitment once I opened a book to see it through to the end. I was riddled with this sad sort of guilt the drove me on. Now, however, it is for an entirely different reason.

I Am a Mood Reader. The Worst.

Seriously. I change moods like most change pants, daily. And I am consciously aware of this. It causes me to shift between genres and books like a mad woman! And it has its pros & cons.

Pros

  • My ever changing mood has led to very eclectic tastes and reading. Thanks to this, I have come to pick up titles from a wide variety of genres and explored a multitude of authors.
  • I read more because of my varying tastes, often picking up 3 to 5 books a week.
  • My moodiness also means I am a very emotional individual which leads to some seriously personal reading experiences. I have books with tear-stained pages and books that made me laugh like a maniac.

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Cons

  • I can be as far as halfway through a book and decide it is not going to work for me.
  • It can take reading the first few chapters of multiple books in a rather large stack
  • before settling on one.
  • Sometimes my mood makes it impossible to decide and I end up in a slump for a week or so.

Why I Rarely, Truly DNF

Because of the above reasons, it is entirely possible for me to dislike a book one day and then find I love it the next. For this very reason, I tend to reshelve instead of DNF’ing. I often close books that are not working and place them on a shelf that I intend to revisit at a later time, with the small exception of the few titles that hit a nerve or I know without a doubt I am not the best audience for. This is why I will normally add a title to Goodreads and then immediately update it to significant progress. I tend to wait until I feel confident that I am going to stay a book before making our relationship public.

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Do you DNF? Or maybe you are also a mood reader and find that you have to return to certain books at a better time. How do you tend to handle titles you struggle with? Do you keep the books you put down or pass them on?

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Danielle ❤

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