This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks — Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?
Yes, I do — but after I finish to see if it matches up to what I thought of the book. I know, why bother at that point. I guess I like to read first and then see if the publisher got it right. As if I might know better! 🙂
I will admit though to being one of those people who reads the last page first (the horror!) and sometimes when a story is taking an odd turn that seems out of whack or things are not going well for the characters that I’m liking, I will read ahead. Why do this and not read the inside flap? I know it seems like the two things don’t match up. Here’s why I do one and not the other — I don’t like surprises. Yes, reading the inside flap would give me the information I want since most flaps these days seem to be bent on spoiling the reading experience by telling you everything but the flaps don’t tell you exactly how it all happens. I like to know what is said and thought and when I find what I’m looking for, I go back to regularly scheduled reading time.
Crazy, I know, but we all have our reading quirks. And, no, I don’t do this with all books. Sometimes I’m content to read through with no unscheduled interruptions but if a book grabs or annoys me then, yes, I’m reading ahead. I never found that reading ahead has spoiled anything for me. If I’m going to be bothered by something a character does, I’d rather know all about it. I might find out all the intervening reasons along the way but I still like to know.
So, do you? Read the inside flap that is.
7 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – The Back Flap Issue”
I love it when a book surprises me or even makes me mad.
I have never read the last page before the end, I do not know why, I just cannot. My answer: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/giveaway-8th-confession-by-james.html
Apparently I need coffee as I am leaving the wrong links, I apologise! The real link: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-14-january.html
Books (and movies) are the only times I like to be surprised! I hate surprises in every day life, but I’m very happy when I know nothing at all about a plot. I don’t think I’ve ever flipped ahead to the ending, not even if I’ve hated a book! I do actually read the flaps/back cover after I’ve finished a book, usually to help in writing my own summaries, but not before.
I couldn’t imagine reading the last page first, but good for you!
Alayne – The Crowded Leaf.
I do the same thing sometimes. It’s surprising how often the flap sounds like it was written by someone who read a different book than I did, or put it down only a few dozen pages in! I only skip to the end if I’m seriously considering giving up on the book and want to know if it’s worth continuing.
My mom reads ahead just like you when she’s worried about characters! 🙂 I don’t do that, and it cracks me up when she does!