Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is this week's question:
Do you cheat and read ahead while reading a book?
I have to admit, I used to have a bad habit of picking up a book and reading the final page first. Why? Who knows. Perhaps I liked seeing how it all played out or I just wanted to see if it had a happy ending.
I know many of you are probably shaking your heads, thinking how could I cheat and spoil the book?
I don't know, sometimes I just can't help myself. Plus, it was always nice to have an idea as to how things were going to conclude, so I could start piecing it together as I read.
The other reason I found myself cheating and reading ahead was because it was getting well past my bedtime, and I would tell myself just one more chapter, only to find that the chapter ended on a cliffhanger. One can only handle so many cliffhanger chapters, and staying up continually past my bedtime wasn't always a good option. So to alleviate stress and anxiety, I would skim ahead to see if my favorite character got out of a predicament or cheated death. Sometimes I just can't handle the anxiety of not knowing.
Fast forward to the Kindle era. Now that I have a Kindle, I find that I seldom skip ahead, and I no longer read the final page first. Why? With a Kindle, it isn't always easy to move around in a book, especially when they don't have page numbers. Plus, I have no idea how far to skip ahead to see an outcome, it isn't as easy as thumbing through pages that's for sure.
Reading the last page isn't as tempting because it isn't right there in front of me, tempting me. Instead I have to go in and select it on the Kindle.
I think that having a Kindle has cured me, almost, of cheating and skimming ahead while reading. Yes, I can do it, but it isn't as easy. Now that I have gotten used to not cheating, I am less and less inclined to do so.
I do every once in awhile move ahead when I just have to know something, and I can't stay up all night reading, but it doesn't happen often.
I am still so tempted though when reading a physical copy to sneak a peek ahead.
So perhaps, an electronic reading device is the answer to my problem.
What about you all. Are you tried and true not peekers, no matter what, or do you cheat and skim ahead because you have to know right now.
Next week's TMST:
Book trailers... do you watch them? Do they convince you to read a book?