Thursday, March 03, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Cheating

This week, BTT asks: "Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)" And I answer (quite honestly):

Rarely. If it's a book I'm enjoying, I like the suspense of not knowing how it ends until I get there. So I'm not usually tempted to peek. If it's a book I'm not enjoying, I generally don't care how it ends.

But I have been known to take a look at the ending of a book if I get bored halfway through and just want to get it over with and find out how it wraps up. And sometimes the ending is so surprising or funny or poignant or incongruous that it nudges me into going back and reading the whole book! Love it when that happens.


  1. I so agree with you today. I never peek at the end of the book, unless it is boring and I'm not going to read it anyway.

  2. I like the idea of the ending nudging us back into a book that's plodding along...good idea!

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  3. Once made the mistake of reading the author's notes before the book only to discover it was not as it seemed
    It is still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.


  4. sometimes I do look ahead, but I don't think it's cheting.

  5. If a book is dull I might peek to see how many pages are in it, but I don't read the ending. I either finish the book or I don't.

  6. Everyone has so much more self-control than I do.

  7. This question reminds me of Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally when he said that he peeks at the end of a book to see how it ends in case he dies before finishing it :D I like to peek at the last sentence of the book, which has never ruined anything for me, yet offers a sneak peek without any guilt in it.

  8. I like the suspense of not knowing too. I have looked at the end when it was something I knew I wasn't going to finish because I was bored.


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