4 Reasons to Never Skip to the End of a Book


by First Mate Keira, guest blogger

Are you the sort of person who must absolutely be spoiled before you start a book? I know it’s tempting but going to the end of a book to discover how things turn out is a terrible idea.

Skipping to the end of a book:

(I know you do it…)

  1. Ruins the mystery. The author put a lot of work into the story. If you’re anxious to know the ending that means the author is doing a good job and you’ll ruin all their hard work if you skip to the end. Bad reader. No cookie for you.
  2. Is a waste of time. If you go straight to the end you’ll just wind up wasting time. It takes time to figure out what happened (especially if you didn’t get very far into the story) and then you’ll find yourself rereading the ending! You could be starting a new book by now. Bad reader. No cookie for you.
  3. Might as well not even start the book. That’s right. If you are just going to read the end of story before you’re suppose to why start it at all? It’s like finding the cat out of the bag before you even realized there was a bag! Bad reader. No cookie for you.
  4. You’ll be tempted to share the ending. By skipping to the end to find out what happens you’re likely to share this information with someone who doesn’t want to know! You don’t want to be that person at a (Harry Potter) Midnight Party who shouts the ending for a popular book series. That’s not a way to win friends! Bad reader. No cookie for you.

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If you have, why do you do it?

Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.

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1 Comment

  1. Jermzy

    As a proud book/movie skipper I feel my cookies are deserved. Here’s why:
    1. The mystery is still there but in a more exciting way- you want to know the events which lead to Jim Bob having a black scar on his face and walking mournfully out to the horizon. You want to know what could have happened in just one little book to cause such big character development (development you wouldn’t notice without skipping). It’s like on TV when they start an episode with it’s climax and flashback a few days to show how it got there.
    2. Rereading a book is never a waste of time
    3. Not much to counter here except that if I found a cat I’d want to know where it came from.
    4. Knowing the ending while others don’t is possibly the most amazing sensation EVER. Waiting for them to reach it, not knowing of the shocking events and seeing their reaction is thrilling. So I wouldn’t ever spoil it for them.
    5. It prevents you from over setting your expectations like I did with Hotel Rwanda- wish I’d skipped to the end there first. Same with the My Sister’s Keeper movie.

    Bit ranty I know but do things backwards for reason 🙂

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