I love to visit book blogs. I get excited when I see an image of a book I've been wondering about, or a new book, and get to read about it, view excerpts, see what the blogger and commenters think.
To a book lover like me, it is one of the funnest things about the Internet and a great aid in discovering new books. I have special lists where I note down the titles that catch my interest and books I may buy. Book blog surfing is one of the joys of my life.
WAS one of the joys of my life.
Imagine my distress when I go to a favorite blog, excitedly read an excerpt that I enjoy and think, Wow, I have to read more of this! I must buy this book! ...and then the blogger REFUSES to tell what the book is. Not only that, but makes a cruel little game out of it! That's right, I'm talking about "guess the book" games.
This is an evil and pernicious new trend. A couple recent offenders: Sayuri at Damn Heart and Jill D. at Romance Rookie. I believe there are others!
Would you ever train a dog to come for a treat whenever you ring a bell, and then you ring a bell and and the dog comes, and you just laugh at the dog instead? No? Sayuri and Jill would do it to book blog readers! And they would LOL about it too!
Jill and Sayuri, do you not see what you are doing to readers? The way you are keeping us in suspense?
For the love of all that is right and good, you must not taunt your readers with hot and funny and enticing passages and not reveal the title.
Please, hear my pleas on behalf of your readers. Reveal the titles! I am begging you!