Thoughts and other Miscellany

Musing Mondays – Skipping

This week’s Musing Mondays asks

Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?

Never never never. I did this once and it totally ruined the book for me because I knew who the main character ended up with.

I haven’t even been tempted in a long time – I just would never do it; I don’t see the attraction.

One exception – if I’m abandoning a book, I sometimes flick to the end to see what happened. But I wouldn’t then go and read the rest of the book.


11 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – Skipping”

  1. I’m with you- I’d never skip to the end. If I abandon a book I don’t either as if I have lost interest then I don’t care what the outcome is.

  2. Like you, if I am going to abandon the book I read the end, to see who did it or who lived happily ever after. I do check to see how many pages are in the book, but am careful not to read the ending.

  3. In a way it ruining the story for you was a good thing, because once you get used to reading the end it’s difficult not to. I did it all the time as a child, I think it was willpower that stopped me carrying on as an adult. I think there was something about wanting to know if it was going to upset me first, a bit of impatience, and a lot to do with the fact that I read so many books at once I didn’t actually finish them much.

  4. I very rarely do it, but I did recently with The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I think it was because I found the book sad, and I wanted to reassure myself that everything was going to turn out alright!

  5. I flick to see where the end of the book is, as sometimes there is a lot of other ‘stuff’ at the end of a book. I do try not to glance at the words and catch anything that may ruin the rest of the book for me.

    As a rule I do not read the end of books, never understood the attraction myself but now I might be tempted?

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