Good morning! Today, on Booking on Thursday, we’re responding to this question:
Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)
Okay, we’re talking serious reading behavior here! LOL
Mainly, I’ll glance at the end to see how many pages are in the book…and maybe to see the last line. But then I hastily move back to my place. I don’t want to spoil the book for myself, and knowing how it ends might just do that.
Usually the actual last line is something that doesn’t tell much. It’s all the words leading up to that last line that reveal how things end. Yesterday I finished a book that had this for a last line:
Slipping her arms around him, she took strength from the sound of his heartbeat for a poignant moment, before kissing him lightly and going back inside.
Even after reading the entire book, I decided that this line didn’t really tell me much about this couple’s future. For one thing, the kiss was “light,” and for another, she went back inside. They didn’t walk off into the sunset.
I actually like this ending, because it hints at more, but it doesn’t promise that “happily-ever-after,” which we all know is bs anyway. Right?
Or maybe you do love a happy ending. I prefer hopeful endings.
So, long story short, I prefer to be surprised by the ending, but even if I peek, I don’t necessarily know how it ends.
What about the rest of you? Peeking? Cheating, if you will? I hope you’ll stop by and share.