Monday, July 21, 2008

Flipping to the End of a Book

I enjoy reading detective / mystery stories. Problem is sometimes there is too much story going on between the beginning of the book and the end of the book.

Somewhere along the way I get to the point that I just HAVE TO KNOW who the "bad guy" is or how the story ends - and I flip to the end of the book.

If I am really enjoying the book I will flip to the end, read "who dunnit" and then continue reading where I left off. Sure I know how it ends, but I still get to read all the in between details on how it came to be.

I have a problem right now. I'm reading a book - have flipped to the end and the answer isn't right there. It isn't one of those simple kind of books where it ends with the "bad guy" being lead out in chains or being shot or whatever...yet the book isn't interesting enough for me to continue reading all the way through to the end so I can know what happened...but I do want to know what happened.

It reminds me of the time when I was a young teenager reading a mystery story. I couldn't flip to the end of the book to find out how it ended because when I naturally came to the end of the story I found that the last few pages were missing. How dreadful. Kind of like putting a second hand puzzle together and finding there is a piece or two or ten missing - you've done all the work yet you don't get to see the final picture.

Are you a "flip to the end of the book" kind of person?


Jennifer said...

Not at all. I love surprises and flipping to the end would ruin it for me.

CanadianGrandma said...

Most fictional books I'll read the ending first, but not true stories. I also read magazines from the back to the front!

TheSaxonHus said...

Never. If I am bored reading the book then I could care less how it ends and I simply get rid of it. Otherwise, I read it straight through.