I saw this article the other day that asked, “Are you ashamed of skipping parts of books?” Which, naturally, made me want to ask all of YOU.
Do you skip ahead in a book? Do you feel badly about it when you do?
I know it is often considered blasphemous in the book community to ever admit to skipping ahead while reading a book, but here’s the ugly truth (of which I don’t find ugly at all):
YES, I do sometimes skip ahead!! I even will read the last page of a book before I get to the end… and NO, I don’t feel bad about it!
I find myself doing this especially if it’s a slow part of the book and I’m having trouble staying interested in the story. I will flip ahead to see if the storyline gets any better, and if it does get better I’ll skip ahead so I’m not so bogged down. If later I feel I’ve missed something important, I can always flip back.
Other times I’ll skip ahead if I JUST CAN’T STAND IT any longer and HAVE to know what is going to happen. If I’m loving the story, I’ll just pretend I don’t know how it’s going to work out
Reading on my kindle has kept me from skipping a lot while reading lately, since it’s much harder to flip ahead and then quickly flip back.
But do I feel guilty about it….hmmm, not really. Nope, I don’t! I am not ashamed! Sometimes you just have to know! and other times you just have to get past the parts that should have been edited out! Life is too short and there are too many books on my TBR mountain to get bogged down reading something I am not enjoying!