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message 1: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 475 comments Ok - I hate to admit it, but sometimes when I am reading a book and I am really into it, I can't wait to see what happens and I peek to the end. Most of the time, it is just to see if a particular name pops up. For example, if a new character is introduced, and I suspect that they will become the new love interest/major character/want to see if they are still alive, I will randomly open the book to pages in the back to see if I see their name mentioned frequently.

I hate admitting that I do this...I really don't want to know the outcome - but sometimes, I just can't help myself!!!

Am I alone here?


message 2: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty (kirstyreadsandcreates) | 610 comments Wow. I couldn't imagine ever doing that! I'm all about the suspense... I hate spoilers and get really annoyed when I run into one accidentally!


message 3: by Angela (new)

Angela | 1934 comments I never do this! I am with Kirsty. I am all about the suspense too.


message 4: by Marci (new)

Marci (iread49) | 215 comments Never!!!


message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cyndil62) | 253 comments Bridgit, I have to admit I will do the same thing! But like you said, most of the time it is just to see if the character's name still comes up at the end of the book. Then I can calm down and finish the book knowing that it is all going to work out in the end!


message 6: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thenightowl) I peek. I really can't help myself sometimes. The suspense just kills me!


message 7: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10125 comments Mod
GASP!
Peeking ahead?! Really?! Oh no. I hate being spoiled when Im reading a book....

Oh dear me....


message 8: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 475 comments I actually had a friend who hated suspense and surprises so much that she always read the last few pages of a book before buying it or reading it. She didnt want to even start it if it was going to have a sad ending. I thought that was awful and couldn't imagine ever doing that.

I am ashamed that sometimes I look ahead for a name, but really its only once in a very long while!!


message 9: by Jack (new)

Jack (echoicglory) | 32 comments Only if the book started to annoy the life out of me lol... But, most of the time, no, I like reading by order, though I can still predict the ending to it. I like surprises most lol...


message 10: by Jensownzoo (new)

Jensownzoo | 338 comments I only do this when the book is so awful that I'm contemplating not finishing it...then I peek to the end to make sure that it stays awful before putting it aside.

Jenny


message 11: by Stef (new)

Stef (buch_ratte) | 650 comments Sometimes I want to peek but I never do it. If the suspense is getting to much for me I just keep reading to find out. Okay that means that sometimes I don't get enough sleep or don't do the things I should do but I just have to keep reading.


message 12: by Jen B (new)

Jen B (jennybee618) Don't be ashamed Bridgit! I always peek!!


message 13: by vicki_girl (new)

vicki_girl | 89 comments Sometimes a peek ahead a paragraph or so, but not more than that. I do it when the author is describing the character's reaction to something, without telling what the something is...I just can't concentration on what they're feeling, etc., without knowing what's going on.


message 14: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty I never ever peek ahead. What's the point in reading the book if you're going to peek ahead?


message 15: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 127 comments On the contrary, I peek when the book is really boring. I'll skip a few pages to see whether the story pick up. The problem is I usually to read on from the interesting part and forget the skipped pages.

Bridgit wrote: "I actually had a friend who hated suspense and surprises so much that she always read the last few pages of a book before buying it or reading it. She didnt want to even start it if it was going to..."

Your friend makes me think of Harry in the film When Harry Met Sally. He is so pessimistic that he read the last page first. So if he dies before finishing the book, he'll know how it ended. What a cute guy! :P


message 16: by LaTrica (new)

LaTrica | 50 comments I peek ahead but not by much. Just 3 or so pages. Enough to get an idea as to whether the current drama worsens or improves. I usually don't read the ending because I assume so much will change that it wouldn't make much sense.


message 17: by yellowbird (new)

yellowbird | 55 comments Guilty. When I was a little kid I would always read the very last page of a scary or suspenseful story first. I guess I thought that if the ending wasn't too terrible, the rest of the book would be okay.
Of course, this usually wasn't true...and then I would sleep with the light on that night :)




message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

If I hate a book I don't merely peek, I'd turn to the last chapter and be done with it. Why endure the agony, right?


message 19: by El (new)

El Beng wrote: "If I hate a book I don't merely peek, I'd turn to the last chapter and be done with it. Why endure the agony, right?"

That's an interesting way to look at it. I'm curious though - if you hate a book, why would it matter how it ends?

I'm one of the die-hard "no peeking!" kinds, so I'm always interested by those who feel the opposite. I much prefer the journey rather than the destination. :)


message 20: by Dylan (new)

Dylan | 10 comments I do that too. I do it more often with books I'm just reading for the heck of it, but sometimes if a chapter's slow I'll just skip forward and skim!



message 21: by GracieKat (new)

GracieKat | 864 comments I try not to. Sometimes I accidentally read ahead because when I was evil and didn't use bookmatks I would leave them open. My son had a very perverse pleasure in picking them up and closing them so I would have to read to find where I was again. Thanks to my Mom's great bookmarks I don't have to do that anymore.


message 22: by Cassie (new)

Cassie (cassielo) | 42 comments Ahh I do this all the time! I really can't handle suspense. I always glance at the next paragraph or page when I get nervous, just real quick to make sure everything is going to be okay. I only occasionally will look briefly at the very end of the book, to see if somebody is still alive.


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)


That's an interesting way to look at it. I'm curious though ..."

There were books that started good and interesting enough, but then it starts stretching in the middle. Then I'll start hating it, ultimately skipping to the last chapter. But knowing how it ended gives me something to reply to those who recommend them.


message 24: by Patricia (new)

Patricia I only read the end if it's a book I know I won't finish, I feel I should at least know the ending if I've read over 100 pages or so.


message 25: by Allison (new)

Allison The only time I ever peek ahead is if the author has done something with the text- bolded words, italics, indented text, something like that.
That usually means that part is interesting or important, and my eyes can't help but wander over to the part that's different. But, I try as hard as I can not to actually read what it is until I get there.

Other than that, I never ever peek ahead. It seems to just spoil the whole book for me.


message 26: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 33 comments I thought of Harry, from "When Harry Met Sally" too. I saw that when I was a kid and couldn't fathom reading the last page of a book first.

The only time I do it is if I'm not going to finish the book, but I'm still curious to how it ends. Half the time if I don't like the book I don't care how it ends so I never read the ending.


message 27: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments I don't read ahead, per se, but I do always flip the pages to see how long the chapter is.


message 28: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty (kirstyreadsandcreates) | 610 comments I also flip to see the chapter length, especially if I'm reading in bed - usually to see if it's short enough to be able to keep my eyes open to finish the chapter!


message 29: by Lianne (new)

Lianne (eclecticreading) April wrote: "I don't read ahead, per se, but I do always flip the pages to see how long the chapter is."

I do that at times too (to my regret; my eyes may land on a phrase or a word that spoils me a bit, lol), especially if I'm in bed already and I feel like it's time to close the book for the night xD


message 30: by Lottie (new)

Lottie | 7 comments I ALWAYS peek ahead. Always. I think there's only been one or two books that I've not peeked in!

Lol.

But it doesn't spoil it for me - it makes it better.


message 31: by Moody (new)

Moody Claire (singurl) | 88 comments April said "I don't read ahead, per se, but I do always flip the pages to see how long the chapter is."

-I agree with her.



message 32: by Liesl (new)

Liesl (lieslm) | 170 comments I don't peek ahead, but when my boys were small and I was reading Harry Potter books to them at bedtime I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, so I read ahead after they were asleep and never told them. They would have been really mad that they had to wait to see what happened and I didn't!


message 33: by Abbie K. (new)

Abbie K. (brigidshawk) | 108 comments I once dumped a soda on my sister's head for telling me the ending of a story. OK, so I was a brat!
Never, never, never peek!


Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) Beng wrote: "If I hate a book I don't merely peek, I'd turn to the last chapter and be done with it. Why endure the agony, right?"

I've done that. Sometimes its inspired me to go back and read all the missed chapters too.



message 35: by Erin (new)

Erin (eelopez) I try not to peek. Usually I'll flip through the pages to see how long the chapter is or sometimes my eyes might wander to the next page if the story gets suddenly suspenseful and I want to know what happens next.

I'm a big believer in not looking at the last page of the book.


message 36: by Linda (new)

Linda Stephens | 12 comments Bridget,
until i saw this thread i thought i was the only one that did that. my husband is appalled but i find if the book gets a bit slow or dry and reading ahead even sometimes the end, gives me the push to fresume or finish my reading so i can figure out how they get to the good stuff.
:omda


message 37: by Lisa Julianna (new)

Lisa Julianna (lisajulianna) | 1053 comments Nope, no peeking here...I like the suspense of it all. :~)


message 38: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jess0702) | 68 comments Every once in awhile I peek, but I try hard not to. Definitely an exercise in self-control :)


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