time to confess: do you skip ahead when you read

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  1. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    I must admit I skip to the end in, like, every book. I feel :eek: for being such a bad reader but resistance is futile.
  2. Satellitegirl

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    Yes, sometimes if I feel like the ending is heading towards an eyerolling ending. I'm glad I skipped to the end of the Time Traveler's Wife. Stopped reading it after I read the ending :p
  3. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

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    I do too. (I also read spoilers for TV shows and movies. Self-control: I do not have it.) I tend to reread books I really like anyhow, so knowing the ending isn't a dealbreaker for me.
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  4. PDilemma

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    I'm so happy someone else is saying they put that book down. I did the same thing. What I did get through, I found creepy. I felt like he was manipulating a child then teenager and the relationship was wrong on many levels. Not romantic.

    What I have learned is if I am wanting to skip ahead, it's not a very good book and I might as well just give up reading it. This is new. I used to be the person who finished any book I started no matter how dreary and boring I found it to be. I have only liberated myself from that in the last few years and it is refreshing.
  5. Nekatiivi

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    Yes, especially if the book is bad. Most of the time I never pick it up again... But I do read my favorite books many times.
  6. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

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    Yes, I almost always look at the end of the book. I can't help it.
  7. Allen

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    I definitely did in graduate school. When I had to get through a 500 page book in a night, I would have to skim and skip quite a bit.
  8. professordeb

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    Sometimes I do early on in the book, sometimes I check when much later just to see if my predicted ending is likely. Most often than not, I don't check endings but the fact that I do some of the time is something that has developed in my reading in say, about the last 5 or so years. I never used to check endings prior to that.
    Good question.
  9. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    nope! as any followers of reality competition threads know, I hate being spoiled :lol:

    I do occasionally flip forward to see how many pages until the end of a chapter (I often read before falling asleep) but I try to not read even a single word while doing it :p
  10. Nomad

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    Same here. I don't often reread books (I have way too many for that) so I don't care for spoilers.
  11. Wyliefan

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    I would typically skip all over a book when I was a kid. Finally made myself break the habit. Although at times, if I hit a boring patch, I'll flip just a little ahead to see if things are going to liven up again. :)
  12. Garden Kitty

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    I don't read ahead, but I love to be spoiled when it comes to movies, tv or sports.
  13. BelleBway

    BelleBway a monkey stole my title

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    Never. I used to as a pre-teen/teen... back when I went through a tragic period during which school made reading not enjoyable for me. :drama: (Loved reading when I was young... but then being forced to read and take stupid multiple choice tests came close to killing that love)

    Sometimes I don't even read the back of the book because I want to be surprised. (I usually read it when I originally decide to read the book, but by the time I actually read it, I've usually forgotten some of the details :shuffle:)

    Same here- I read a lot in bed at night, but at other times I may have something to do and need to decide if I have enough time to finish the chapter.
  14. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I frequently sneak a peak ahead because I love being spoiled but rarely skip altogether.
  15. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I do re-read books sometimes - even whodunnits! - but the first time I don't want to know where the story is heading. There are books I've been interested in and decided not to read because someone told me the ending - same thing with movies.
  16. rfisher

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    I always skip ahead. Mostly to see if I'd figured the plot correctly. Sadly, I usually do as plotting has given way to character development in fiction. It seems very few writers can actually do both.
  17. musicgurl

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    I always skip ahead. I've done it since I started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels when I was around 6 or 7. I never got out of the habit. I'm also very fond of spoilers. In movies, tv shows, and figure skating. I find I actually enjoy skating more when I know the results. Less stressing about how my favourites are doing lol.
  18. rjblue

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    I only skip ahead occasionally. If it's very late in the evening (1-2 am), I'll skip to the back in an attempt to make myself stop reading. If it's a bad book, I'll read the ending and skip the middle.

    I read 3/4 of A Fine Balance, but then when it seemed like all the characters I'd grown to care about were about to have very bad things happen to them, I read the last few chapters and put the book aside because I couldn't bear to read it anymore.
  19. Tinami Amori

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    If you mean any king of writing, then yes, I skip if it contains the information I already know (in news articles or tech materials).

    In creative literature, or opinions, or commentary – NEVER! Whatever is written there has a purpose and intends to create an effect. You can’t get a full picture if you don’t read it all.

    It’s not about “the ending”.

    Writing is an art form, and every word is a brush-stroke and an element of that art work.
  20. ChelleC

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    All the time. I read the beginning of a book, then I skip to the end, and if it's a book I'm enjoying I go back and read the middle.
  21. Japanfan

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    I skip ahead when there are multiple story lines and the author switches from one to the other at a critical moment. Then I flip the pages to find where the storyline is picked up and see what happened next.
  22. FiveRinger

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    I must admit that for just about every book I read I do read the last couple of pages first. My Kindle has kept me from doing that--go figure. But I hate being spoiled in my reality shows.
  23. Cloudy_Gumdrops

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    It depends on how interesting the book is. If the book manages to draw me in right from the beginning, than I keep reading straight through. If it starts out a little meh, I'll skip ahead to see if it gets better and is worth continuing to read.

    Or, if there are multiple storylines going on, I'll skip ahead and read about just the ones that interested me. I find when there is more than one main character, the story for at least one of them tends to be a little dull.
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    I NEVER do. Not because I feel it's wrong or anything, but it just doesn't occur to me. I like the process of reading and uncovering the story!
  25. mkats

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    Only once, ever, when I was reading "My Sister's Keeper" :p

    I don't like being spoiled with books/stories/movies... I do however read all spoilers for TV shows and skating events.
  26. KatieC

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    I've never read the end before I got there. But I find lately I'm much more prone to giving up part way through if I'm bored or irritated. When I was young I plowed through to the bitter end. Reread books all the time, even sometimes going back to children's books. If they improve my mood, or take me away from cares or worries, why not?
  27. John 3 17

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    Only if a book starts to go badly. Then, I skip to the end to see if it's worth slogging through the middle. Thankfully, this hardly ever happens to me.

    -Bridget
  28. MarieM

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    Since I re read all my books several time (mainly because there's the new book coming out and I need to re read the 12 volumes before), I sometimes jump to the end to see how it's ending :)
  29. Anita18

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    I ALWAYS skip to the end! :lol: Well my method is, I read the beginning, then read the end, then read the middle in random pieces. It's rather Memento-like. I like the mental exercise of piecing everything together.

    Discovering Catch-22 in middle school was fantastic, because the book did the jumping for me, while my classmates were absolutely dumbfounded. :rofl:
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    Do you refer to Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson's "Wheel of Time" series?

    I don't know if I could do all 12 again, or if it would be different reading them continuously as opposed to waiting two years between books.
  31. MarieM

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    Japanfan : Wheel of time is one of them, but I usually reread all the series before I read the new one. I just finished the book just released. I wish we wouldn't have to wait at least one year for the last book of the series !!!!!!!!!!!!

    You do have to remind yourself of the story anyway, so re reading all of the book is one way of doing so :)

    And I am still WAITING for the Game of Thrones latest books. He is way too occupied with the show and I am getting MAD at him !
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  32. emason

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    Agreed. Also have a problem with Janny Wurtz and her Curse of the Mistwraith series; she is really dragging this out and once she had her main characters drink a longevity potion that meant they would both live to be at least 500 years old, I figured I might never see the end of the saga.

    As for the original question, sometimes I peek ahead at the very end to see how things come out, especially if I fear the worst for some character I'm fond of, but if I'm seriously reading a book, I read the whole thing. I will, however, give up on a book fairly quickly if it isn't pulling me in, keeping my interest, etc.
  33. John 3 17

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    ITA. As the tee shirt in the "Wireless" catalog said, "Too many books, too little time". We can't waste time when there are other books calling us!

    -Bridget :)
  34. FigureSpins

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    I only read ahead if the book is boring. Inkheart was a difficult book to read in English (translated from German), so I read part of the last chapter just before giving up on the novel entirely. Glad I did - I ended up struggling through that book and the sequels were much better. Love the story itself.
  35. Squibble

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    I haven't read the entire thread, just the last two posts. Sorry. What's the subject again? :confused:
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    I almost always read the ending of a book or skip around. I get bored reading books because there are rarely any new concepts for a book.

    Who-done-it: someone killed, 3-7 potential killers, 1-10 investigators, 2-10 potential next victims, plot line focused on why someone would kill the person. Discover the motive and murderer at the end of the story.
    Romance: young innocent woman caught in the confines of what society deems appropriate, and one who has intelligence/skills to do a "man's job" not wanting to be rescued but in the end finds her true love. Insert villian who is trying to come between princess and her prince

    etc. So I will fast forward to the end to see if I like the ending and if so, then I will put the effort into reading. Rare exception: J.D. Robb series of "Death by...." Or Nora Epfron books
  37. Japanfan

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    It seemed to me that the story-lines got lost in the last half of the series. We learned in something like Book 4 that Matt was to marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons, and then he finally met her in Book 9. I felt that Jorden had lost control of his multiple storylines and that the wheels within wheels were careening out of control.

    Would it be different if I re-read the whole series consecutively?

    I'm waiting on that one too - am wondering in fact if Martin will ever finish it. IIRC he said he was depressed and begged his audience's understanding.

    That one I'll happily re-read in entirety, should it ever be finished.
  38. MarieM

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    He's depressed. OH COME ON.
    The guy has spent ALL LAST YEAR and all this year preparing the Game Of Thrones TV Show. And the books ? No of course he had no time to do so ....
    I am so mad at him !!!!!!!!!!!

    As for WHEEL OF TIME, I kind of disagree. He maybe lost control of the pace of his telling of the story, wasting too much times on Rand, Elayne and the Aes Sedai in a big way, but it all kinds of fall into pieces with the last Sanderson books.

    Is there any other cycle you can think of I should read ? I already have all the Eddings, McCaffrey, Zimmer Bradley, Hobbs, Herbert, Assimov, Tolkien, Silverberg, Van voigt etc.
  39. Japanfan

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    You've probably read Goodkind's series? Unsatisfactory ending IMO, leaving major issues unresolved.

    I also enjoy Melanie Rawn's two dragon trilogies: Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, Sunrunner's Fire and Stronghold, The Dragon Token, and Skybowl. And Rawn has written two of another trilogy, Exiles, and I've been waiting at least five years for that. . .

    And have you read Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant Series? It's one of the best I've ever read, there are two trilogies (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Convent) and a final four-set work (The Last Chronicles) is in progress, two have been published. These series are so good that they merit a reread once every few years.

    Also, I'd recommend the books of Juliet Marrilier if you like fantasy/historical fiction. Her books are all set around roughly around the time of Christ's birth in the UK. She has a rare gift as a storyteller and her books are just amazing reads.
  40. rjblue

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    Yay!The Wheel of Time series discussion.
    Yes, Jordan has so many details that read differently when you know how the character is going to develop in later books.
    Verin!, for example.
    And it's really fun to reread them along with Leigh Butler's reread blog. I did some major skipping around to follow story threads- especially Matt's- the first time I read the books. I liked the series the first time I read it, but I loved it the second time.

    It really does. Brandon is doing a magnificent job.

    That is what came to my mind first. I'd also recommend Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Most of them are more like stand-alone books written in the same world, but the main characters are people I never tire of reading about.