Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. This week’s prompt asks readers to muse upon the question, “Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?”
I never read the ending before I start a book or skip ahead to the end while reading the book. I’m actually really careful to make sure I don’t glimpse the final words by some accident. Although most books don’t tell you how everything turns out in the last page, I don’t want to spoil anything for myself! I think a book’s ending is really important and leaves an impact on you that is affected by your experience reading the entire book. The ending won’t have the same emotional weight if you read it before getting to know the characters and their struggles, and I would hate to taint my own reading experience by learning those final words before I’ve immersed myself in the story.
What about you? Do you ever read the end first, or do you read strictly from beginning to end?