This week’s question:
Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?
I read straight through. Sometimes if I’m really concerned about the welfare of a character, I’ll skim later pages just to see if their name comes up. The book I’m reading now, my 100th for the year, is The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen. I have found myself skipping forward a few pages to see what what I anticipate a disaster—revelation of a secret per se, might befall the character. It has come to my attention that not everyone reads books chronologically. You know, starting on page one and finishing at the very end. The idea of that is like a sacrilege to me. It’s madness. Another reason I would skip parts is when the writing is a bit boring but I want to find out how it ends. I am scandalized at skipping to the end. But not shocked. I have friends who do it, and we have argued about it.