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Dessert first

Today’s Booking through Thursday:

  1. Do you cheat and peek ahead at the end of your books? Or do you resolutely read in sequence, as the author intended?
  2. And, if you don’t peek, do you ever feel tempted?

I never peek ahead. It just seems wrong–not necessarily because I’m worried about breaking the author’s rules, but because there is so much pleasure to be had from seeing a story unfold. In When Harry Met Sally, when Harry talks about reading the end of the book first, I just want to whack him upside the head and say, “Are you nuts?”

I’m never tempted to read ahead. That said, there are times when the drama is so intense in the spot I’m currently reading that I really really do want to know what happens. This was true for George R. R. Martin‘s Song of Ice and Fire series, which has amazing, surprising (but in an “oh, now that I think about it…sure…” way, not in a “the author is being unfair with the reader” way) plot twists. (If you haven’t read these books, go read them. Right now. And don’t go anwhere near the Wikipedia entries on them, ’cause they are full of spoilers.) My husband read the books before me, so a few times I asked him, “Can you just tell me if X dies?” Fortunately for me, he told me nothing.

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