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Do you ever skip over boring bits in a book?

Do you jump chapters in books or ever sneak a peek at a book or film’s ending or do you like to wait until you reach it through your reading? I am amazed at how many people I know who actually sneak a look at a book’s closing pages, even on mystery and detective stories before deciding whether or not to read towards it. To me that is utter sacrilege and I hate having a story’s surprises spoilt for me. Do you check out a book’s ending in advance or read it in the right order? I am always careful with reviews – the butler did it – to not give the ending away and stating spoiler alerts at the start of my reviews. Arthur Chappell #mystery #ending #books #detective

I never read an ending until I get to the ending

8 votes / 61% 8 votes / 61 %

If a book has boring bits I just quit reading it

3 votes / 23% 3 votes / 23 %

I sometimes do sneak a peek at the ending

2 votes / 15% 2 votes / 15 %
This poll has received 13 vote(s) so far.

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maramadalina wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:52 PM

No. I prefer the surprise so I read the whole book. It's more interesting.

MegL wrote on January 10, 2015, 5:01 PM

I used to skip the boring bits when I was a child, for instance Charles Dickens has long descriptions of scenery but nowadays I just skim read them.

Oceanblue wrote on January 10, 2015, 5:11 PM

Hi, I am an impatient reader and it a big gets too boring I have to move on to another or at least skip over to see if it will get more exciting.

Porcospino wrote on January 10, 2015, 5:13 PM

I usually read the whole book from the beginning to the end. I might skip some pages if there are gory or disgusting descriptions, but I don't skip the boring pages.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 8:24 PM

I have never looked at the end of a book until I got to the end, I don't see the point of doing that.

Wordsmith wrote on January 11, 2015, 1:34 AM

OK, I will admit it. I almost always sneak a peek at the ending to a book I first start reading. Now, please stone me to death!

oneoveralpha wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:40 AM

If a book is really boring, then I might stop reading, but usually I'll just plod on through. There are only a handful of books that I've stopped reading once I started.

Kat- wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:52 AM

There could be some important facts buried in the "boring" part of the book. I think of it as if you're going to read it, read the whole thing.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:27 PM

I have been known to see if the ending is worth slogging through the boring parts, especially if it is a book I have been asked to write a review on. I'm going to have to finish it, but I want to know it's worth it not to just skip over the dull pages.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:17 AM

Time is precious and books are many. If I've read 25 pages of a book and am not interested, I will quit unless the book is supposed to be a masterpiece. in that case I will give it fifty pages to grab me. I sometimes skip long descriptive passages unless they are written by a master. The only time I read the end before finishing the book is if the book is very gory and I can't stomach reading it all but got just interested to want to know how it ends.