Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)
When I read this question I had a feeling that I’d answered it before and checking back in the blog I came across my answer back in June 2007. It was my very first Booking Through Thursday post. Here is what I wrote then:
I’m always tempted to look at the end of books and sometimes I do if the book is getting boring to see if it picks up. If the book is one that I can’t put down then I try to resist looking ahead ‘“ not always successfully though and then I wish I hadn’t!
Do I still think the same? Yes and no.
Yes, because now I don’t think of it as cheating at all – life is too short to continue reading a book that seems to be going nowhere, so I’ll look ahead to see if it looks as though it will pick up.
And no – now I don’t peek at the end of crime or mystery novels – that does spoil the experience.
16 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Cheating?”
I hadn’t thought about doing it to put down the book or see if it is worthy continuing. Usually if I get bored by a book, I end up not continuing, even if it is something I had really wanted to read before hand.
Way to catch the repeat question!
I have a friend who always reads the last page first, especially in crime fiction. Doesn’t this change the nature of the experience from one of whodunit to howdidtheyfindout?
I never peek at the end of crime books but I have been known to peek at others. Quite recently in fact – something traumatic happened and I wondered if said person came back. The last page didn’t supply me with the answer so I even checked the next book and still couldn’t see, so I still don’t know! LOL.
Kathryn, I don’t like giving up on a book, so that’s why I’ll look at the end before stopping.
Annie, mmm … I hadn’t thought about it in that way. Maybe, but I still like to work it out as I read. There are, of course, those books that tell you the culprit at the start and then it’s a whydidtheydoit?
Cath,that is irritating – like in the current series of Taggart – what has happened to Stuart Fraser and why is the programme reduced to 1 hour?
If I have slogged through most of a book, and I am losing interest, I have, on occasion skipped to the end. However, I usually give up much earlier if a book loses interest with me.
You people are all very brave. I certainly can’t look ahead! I also think that a book 300 pages forward isn’t going to do me a lot of good if I don’t know the middle of the sandwich, I suppose…
Wow, you’ve been blogging a long time to catch a repeat question! 🙂
Here’s my Cheating (Booking Through Thursday) post!
Yes, it seems pretty nonsensical to continue a book that is not interesting at all. Although, my main reason for reading the endings of some books is so that I’d know if the hero and heroine ever end up together. I love my happy endings.
My answer is here @ Whatever You Can Still Betray
I completely agree with your reasons for skipping ahead. I like to check if a book is worth persevering with and if not, I still like to skim-read to find out what happens.
I agree-not cheating, just checking to see if it’s worth continuing.
Good answers…I like the idea of surprises.
Here’s MY BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY POST
I like that – the life’s too short defense. I should use that.
If I cheat with crime fiction (which happens very rarely), it is probably because I am bored and want to know if I bother going on.
My grandmother did it all the time, however. Whenever a thriller or crime novel was too exciting, she´d read the final chapter, and if the ending was satisfactory, she would go back and read it all.
I do it with books 😛
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I hate seeing a review for a mystery that gives something away – especially when it is a series, so I certainly wouldn’t look at the end! But I too occasionally resort to scanning and skimming in the middle!
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