We're all friends here, right? So I can confess to what some might consider to be a reading sin without being judged too much, right?? Here goes...
I read the last page of the book first. #sorrynotsorry
I first made this confession when I did The Blog Squad Tag awhile back, and I got a bit of a mixed reaction, so I thought it would be a great discussion post to talk about WHY I spoil books for myself!
First, I should start by saying that this desire to know the ending first doesn't just apply to books, it spills over into other areas of my life. If we're streaming a movie on Netflix, five minutes in I'm on Wikipedia reading the entire plot synopsis. *Spoiler alerts* mean nothing to me; it will almost never deter me from reading an article, review, or blog post about a tv show, movie, book, anything really.
So why do I read the last page first? I think it started out innocently enough. I always check the number of pages a chapter is before I start reading it, because I hate stopping in the middle. I think this naturally progressed to checking how long the entire book was and, well, sneak peeks happen. I'm also the type of reader who enjoys reading the acknowledgments, which often happen to fall at the back of the book, and for some reason I typically read them first - so I may or may not come across the last page of the book while searching for them!
Now, part of the reason I read the last page first is that I have no willpower. If I come across the last page, sometimes I can't stop myself from reading it. I'm also really impatient, and I just want to know how the book ends NOW. I don't like surprises - for instance, if the book features a love triangle, I want to know ahead of time who the main character is going to pick. Or if something sad is coming up, I want to be prepared. I like being "in the know" - if for some reason I DNF the book, I still want to know how it ends.
So, I'm sure there is someone out there who will say, "What good is knowing the ending if it won't make sense without the context of the rest of the book?" I say it's fine, because I can read the book knowing what the end goal is, what the author is working towards in the story, and I still get to experience the journey.
Be honest - who else reads the last page first? Why do you spoil books for yourself? What are some of your bookish confessions?