Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Blogger New Year's Challenge - Day 13


You guys, I haven't ever told anyone this. I'm so embarrassed. Here goes, my Blogger Horror Story...

In 2011, I read and reviewed Between Shades of Grey, by Ruta Sepetys. In early 2013, I read and reviewed Out of the Easy by the same author. I loved both of these books. Shortly after I posted my Out of the Easy  review, I was reading about the book somewhere else, and noticed the blogger had used the name "Ruta." I thought it was a typo. You see, in both my reviews, the entire time I read these books, I thought the author's name was RUTH. I put it in my reviews. I put it in my archives. It's in the URL for my review!!! Imagine my horror, when I realized I didn't even get the AUTHOR'S NAME correct. How embarrassing. I went back and changed what I could, but links and "you might also likes" still come up with my original posting...that says "Ruth." How could I be so unobservant?

So, I apologize, Ms. Sepetys. Your name is in pretty BIG letters on the books. I have no excuse. I'm embarrassed that I made a mistake, when your books are so brilliant. Well, I'd feel bad even if her books weren't brilliant, but they are!

How about you? Any horror stories? Make sure you visit Parajunkee and all the participating blogs.





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12 comments:

  1. Heh, I've misspelled named before too. I usually catch it before it goes public, but I've heard of other people doing the same. It's one of those things that I don't mind an author correcting (politely) though I agree that it is embarrassing.

    BTW, I have Between Shades of Grey on my shelf, is it good?

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    1. Between Shades of Grey is kind of a new perspective on the Holocaust. Very riveting. I highly recommend it.

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  2. I'm sure she forgave you if she read it :). But I hear you. I would have felt bad too...especially because I'm the archetypal control freak!

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  3. Not only can I sympathize, but for a long time I thought her first name was Rupta, probably because I'm horrible with names anyway, but especially with unfamiliar to me names. I bet the author is more focused on the fact that you so genuinely liked her books (I loved Out of the Easy) and less concerned about a name mix up.

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  4. Wow that is a bit mortifying, don't feel to bad though I've done pretty much the same thing and then noticed it after I published the post of course...

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  5. I HAVE SOOO DONE THIS. Susan Sizemore- yup. I labeled her Suzanne Sizemore. Cause I was reading Suzanne Johnson at the time I wrote the review. Like an ass. And guess what?? She pointed it out IN MY COMMENTS. :D Nice right?? Jonathan Maberry - I spelled it Mayberry like the dumb town. Luckily he DMd me and let me know and was really nice about it. But, boy you would have thought the first time would have cured me of that particular screw-up.

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  6. Haha, I've done this before! I have trouble when it comes to remembering names, especially surnames or names that are similar to others.

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    1. Yes, but in this case it wasn't my memory. The book was right in front of me. It was my "inattention to detail" -- something that comes and bites me quite often!

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  7. Thankfully, in my short time as a reviewer, this hasn't happened to me, that I am aware of, ha-ha. But I do agree it could be very embarrassing. Nevertheless, I think it is not something you need to be too hard on, because as you can see from other bloggers, it kind of happens a lot, for any reason. I have to admit though, I'll be extra careful with my reviews now.

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  8. You're not alone, as I've done the same thing! More than once, so you think I would know better by now. *L*

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  9. I just went back to double check that I'd spelled her name right. (I reviewed both wonderful books too.) I'm always afraid I'll spell an author's name wrong, or put a typo in the title where the mistake will be glaringly obvious to everyone but me.

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  10. Oh Annette, I'm so happy to hear this horror story! I did the SAME exact thing the day before yesterday. Actually, I mispelled the author's name, then saw it, corrected it, and pressed publish. Only hours and hours later did I realize Wordpress had reverted to a prior draft, leaving the misspelled author name in the URL and the title (after I'd tweeted it at her, of course). Ah well, it happens, right? :-)

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