10 August 2010

Reading the end of a book first? I do - and you?


Whenever I get a new book I will read some pages of the beginning and then I will jump to the last 10 pages or so and read them (just did it this morning when starting "Veil of Night" by Linda Howard). 

When I read a book it's all about having fun and being entertained while reading. And when I'm wondering about how exactly a book will end I'm just too anxious and nervous to really be entertained. I recently learned that some people call my reading habits "cheating" but I really don't care. My mom is the same so I guess it's only because of my genes :) . 

I want to know if you are the same and also "cheat" or if you read a book beginning to end without peeking. 

35 comments:

  1. I'm exactly the same. When I'm buying a book, I skip to the end to see if I like the ending. If I don't, I won't buy it! :P

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  2. I don't, sometimes I do (only last few paragraphs), but I try not to! I don't want to know the ending for sure!

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  3. I detest spoilers! I don't know how you can do it. :)

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  4. No way, Jose! I want to follow the journey. I hate knowing the end before I get to it.

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  5. I always read the end after a few pages into the novel, however I only read the last couple of sentences or max 1 page, usually I don't spoil the story that way as the very last sentences or pages aren't about the big discovery/solution of the novel, rather just finishing off in a good mood. So I don't ruin my Agatha Christies this way :-)

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  6. The last line is usually not much of a spoiler, so sometimes I peek at that. However, I wouldn't read like a paragraph- I'd probably not want to read it after that!

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  7. wow! I thought I was the only one who did that haha and i always felt guilty doing it. I usualy just read the last paragraph, but your right I can't wait to know what happens at the end!

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  8. No, I'm not peeking... ^_^
    But, I have to admit I've been tempted a few times when I really want to know how it will end or who will die or something like that & that's usually when I'm loving a book so much, that I can't read it fast enough or when I want to see if my predictions are right, but so far I've resisted the temptation every time :)
    I just hate spoilers! Even when I read a book review about a book I still haven't read & I'm planning to, if I notice it goes into too much details, I skip that part & I read the conclusion of the review! Only when I'm reading review of a book I've already read, then I read the detailed reviews ;)
    For me, I just love the journey to the end & if the ending can surprise me, that's just awesome!!!
    What are you doing, I wouldn't call it cheating, if you don't mind knowing the end, but I don't think I'd enjoy the book as much as I will when I don't know the end, especially if there's some big twist in the end, but maybe I'm wrong, 'cause when I'm rereading some of my favorite books, I'm enjoying them just as much as the first time I've read them! :)

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  9. Not me - that would ruin the whole book. :) I can't even read a series out of chronological order. LOL

    M

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  10. It depends on the book. If there is a lot of suspense, then I get to where I just can't take it anymore...then I peak to make sure what I think is going to happen, will probably happen. It drives me crazy because then I am mad at myself for doing it and I don't enjoy the book as much. BUT if I don't do it, it drives me crazy because I DON"T know...and I am distracted by arguing with myself about looking. I know, I sound like a crazy lady...lol.

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  11. Oh no! I couldn't do that! I want to know what happens, but I want it slowly, as the writer intended it. :-)

    I do always check at the back for number of pages AND to see if there is a glossary - some books based in foreign countries have them and often I only realize at the end of the book, when I have tried to understand the foreign words in the story...

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  12. Guilty as charged! I always peek at the ending of a book. I hate surprises and I want to make sure I get the ending that I want. LOL! When I read a book on my Kindle, it makes it more difficult for me to do that. So then I'll go on wikipedia for spoilers. LOL! I'm terrible.

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  13. I do it in the store anymore. Since I found some PNR dont hold the HEA like they should, I will look in the back now just to make sure its on the up and up before I buy. I just hate wasting my money to find out I have to buy the next book to see who gets with who Grrr..

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  14. I do the same thing. I am very impatient sometimes and want to know what is going to happen so I skip through the book and go back to where I was reading. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. I never peek! I don't even read excerpt or teasers because I read a book because I don't want to spoil the fun. I rea done page at a time, in order lol

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  16. I can't do it - I want to find out what happens at the end at the end. But I really like your explanation of why you do it - it does make sense.

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  17. I never read the end. I've gotten impatient occasionally and done that - it just ruined the book for me & I couldn't continue.

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  18. I do it all the time. I usually read until they get down for the first time and then skip to the end. I usually kind of skip through a book the first time I read it and then re-read after some weeks. I am a very impatient person and this is the main reason I do it. I don't think of it as 'cheating'. Seems to much of a negative word for me.

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  19. I'm so guilty of this even though I try not to. But some of the bloggers are right - I think it also depends on the book and the level of excitement it brings. :)

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  20. I'm a cheater. I have to admit if i don't like the end of the book i might not get it or even finish it. I don't like wasting my time if the end is just going to be stupid.

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  21. I never cheat! Sometimes I don't even read the synopsis because I don't want to know what happens :)

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  22. I have never read the end first! I don't even usually read reviews for fear of spoilers! I love trying to figure it all out and then waiting to see if I was right!

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  23. OMGosh, no I never go to the end. I need to be surprised I don't wanna know what happened :)

    Paula
    Tomes Devotee

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  24. It's tempting but no I've never done it even when not reading romance where I'm guaranteed my HEA. I enjoy the journey to much.

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  25. I very nearly gasped reading your post -- I am loathe to peek to the end of a book, even if it's one I'm giving up on. There's something so wrong about peeking ahead! ;)

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  26. I do! I do!

    I always read the ending first. Bad endings don't sit well with me so I think of it as an investment. If I like the ending I'm investing in finding out how it happens.

    I have been straight up yelled at for it before but really who cares? It's your reading experience and honestly I think it enhances mine. I'm just a very impatient person and I'm not going to read something just to end up hating how it ends.

    Now granted - intense series I love (Hp, and Vamp Academy) I won't read the end just because with those I just don't want to know.

    Everything else though - the last page comes first.

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  27. EEK - no ways! If I'm really bored with a book I'll sometimes be tempted to take a peek ... the problem is it almost always puts me off reading any further into it ... if I know what's going to happen (and especially if I don't like it, LOL), then why keep reading?? I can't believe there's so many people who do! You guys are BRAVE!

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  28. Sabrina - thanks for the comment on my blog about the win! I have sent you an email. Thanks!

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  29. I think I might have done it once or twice when I was younger but no, I am also loathe to peaking at the end. It feels like I'm cheating myself and it also feels a little rude to the author.

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  30. It depends on the book, sometimes I cheat, especially if its a thriller, not so much with romances because I know there will be a happy ever after.

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  31. I do it all the time my family thinks I'm nuts.

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  32. My mom read the last chapter first of any book no matter what!

    As for me- I love spoilers. I think you said it perfect. If you are anxious to know what happens it's harder to read- so instead of reading ahead or the last bit I just read spoilers. I find that it helps me to get sleep if I am too anxious i stay up an read on.
    Regardless of spoilers-I still read every page and enjoy it as much.
    Why? Just because we know that Edward and Bella end up together- it's the journey that makes reading fun. The high and lows and the obstacles.

    So we can be cheaters together! LOL!!

    oh!! I will also mention that when I write reviews i do not leave any spoilers because I respect those who do not want to be told what's going to happen!

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  33. Eeep! I can't cope with spoilers. Even if I read one word from the last page it really bothers me lol.

    I love the build up and anticipation of the 'not knowing'. But everyone reads differently I guess, it's all about how you enjoy the book :)

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  34. No way! I could never do that...I HATE the outcome being spoiled. But I will not fault someone who does and it certainly is not cheating. I do not know of a rule out there that says, "No reading the end of the book first."

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  35. So many interesting answers! Thanks to everyone who shared their reading habits.


    It seems that there are three kind of readers:

    1. The ones who never ever read the end first because they dislike spoilers and can't enjoy a book with knowing the end.

    2. The ones who may peek from time to time.

    3. The ones who always peek (like me!) because they can enjoy a book more this way and because they don't want to buy/read a book with a sucky ending.


    Years ago I read a book and loved it but then the end was so bad and wrong. From that moment one I started reading the end first.

    I also like spoilers because otherwise I tend to think a lot about the books I read and get way too anxious about them,

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