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Strange Reading Habits

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What is your strange reading habit?

Mine is that I read the last page of a book before I’ve finished the book. This is usually done within the first 50 pages. It’s never the first thing I read, as I want to get to know the main character(s) and understand the setting.

I do it because I can’t stand the suspense. I want to know whodunit, if the girl gets the guy, how everything turns out. I like to see the story unfold, knowing the ending in advance.

If I could do this with movies, I would. Let’s take, for example, 3:10 to Yuma. I went to see it with my fiance sometime around when it came out in theaters. During this kind of movie, my stress level is extremely high. My heart is beating rapidly and adrenaline is pumping through my veins. After the movie was over and the credits were rolling, I put my elbows on my knees and my hands over my eyes and started sobbing. Not loudly, because we were in public, after all. My fiance put his hand on my back and asked me very concerned like, “Honey, what’s wrong?” Between sobs I managed to get out, “Tttthhhheeee….maaaaaaaiiiiiinnnn character diiiiiieeeeddd!!” I contend that I would have been much more emotionally able to cope with this had I known this in advance.

I have been told by every reader I’ve ever spoken to that I’m the only person who does this. I don’t believe that. So out with it!! Who else does this? Or something similar?

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7 Responses to “Strange Reading Habits”

  1. lisamm

    I do NOT do that!!! If you read the end, what motivates you to finish the book? I don’t understand it, but I wanted you to know that you’re not the only one who does this. A friend in my book club reads the entire last chapter first. We all think she’s nuts! But she says it helps her decide if she wants to read the book at all. All I can say is… that’s goofy.

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  2. trish d. dish

    What motivates me to finish the book is the whole journey in between. A book is not about the ending, it’s about how you get to the ending.

    It also helps me to not be so anxious about what the ending is. If I know the ending in advance, then I won’t get stressed out about it while I’m reading.

    As a side note, there’s never been a book that I read the ending and then didn’t finish the book. And I don’t read the ending until I have a good idea of the plot, main characters, etc.

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  5. Stephanie

    HA, my sister does that all the time and it drives me nuts! And I thought she was the only one!

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  7. Janne

    I also do this, and I also do it with movies. I read the last pages when I have read about 40-50 pages into the book, so I know who is who.
    I fast forward the movies and watch the last minutes, and then rewind to watch the whole movie. This worked fantastic with movies like Sixth sense, Fight club and A beautiful mind.

    It’s pointless for me to read or watch anything I do not know the ending of. In fact, I came to this page in order to get spoilers for my current read, In the Woods.

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