Writing Wrongs

June 14, 2007

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 donít peek, do you ever feel tempted?

If Iím really enjoying a book, I do not want to know, ever, how itís going to turn out. In fact, I freak a little if Iím shuffling pages, or if the book falls open in a spot I havenít reached yet, and I see a bit of text.

I also steer clear of reviews until Iíve finished the book. Because you know, somewhere, in one of those reviews, someone included a spoiler. So far, I havenít found the internet equivalent of holding my hands over my ears and singing, ďLa, la, la, I canít hear you.Ē

The one time I do peek is when Iím finding a book less than inspiring. If Iím thinking of ditching a book, I page through it, looking to see if there are surprises I havenít predicted. Every once in awhile, Iíll go back and read the whole thing, but usually not. Great reads, for me, are connected to voice. If something isnít doing it for me, itís probably voice related, so it wouldnít matter how surprising the plot is.

This is one of the things I like about the audio books I listen to during the commute. Sure, technically, I could slip in the last CD, skip to the last track, or flip through the book at the bookstore. But a really good book, with a terrific reader, itís about both the journey and the destination. And you canít speed up and rush through the scenery. Youíre held captive, but in a good way.

No rushing, no pushing. A good story, well told. Something to both enjoy and aspire to.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 9:38 a.m.

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