Monday, May 29, 2017

DO YOU READ THE ENDING OF A BOOK FIRST?

When I was very young, I started reading Barbara Cartland and Harlequin romances voraciously. Eventually, boredom set in because they all seemed to be similar, so I changed it up a little. Who did I switchover to?  The very great Rosemary Rogers, of course.  Back then, the cover on Sweet Savage Love was considered a little racy, so I used to hide it in a school book, but not before reading the ending first.  I had to be sure her book was nothing like what I'd been previously reading, and it was definitely different...and hot!


A few years later, a good friend told me that people who read the ending of a book first couldn't keep secrets, so that cured me of not reading a novel from start to finish moving forward.

What about you?  Do you dare to read the last page first before grabbing a new book, or is that taboo?


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30 comments:

  1. Nope! I don't want to know the ending before I know the beginning and I have a hard time keeping a secret anyway :)
    That $250 million dollar house doesn't appeal to me at all!!! Why on Earth would I want a mansion with an infinity pool and all those rooms!!!
    Give me a tiny stone cottage in the country with a wilflower garden, a tiny pond hidden in a beautiful woods on a bluff and all four seasons of the year. Now that would be heaven to me ��

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    1. I'm just the same Jan. It would cool to stay and visit for a day or two, but that would be too much house for me. A cottage sure sounds nice. I'm good at keeping secrets, but prefer not to know the ending, either. Hugs...

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  2. Ro, I always read the ending of a book first, if I like the ending I enjoy the book even more... I know it's crazy but I can't enjoy it otherwise... I am the same way with movies, I like to know the ending first... By the way, I am fantastic at keeping secrets :)

    I have missed you Ro, thank you for checking in with me... I was dealing with a great deal of pain and I couldn't even write... my doctor found a pill for me that seems to be helping... I feel great that I can get back to writing and following my blogs xox

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    1. Wow, Launna, you're my first to read the ending first since this post, which gives another perspective. Thank goodness you can keep secrets, little lady.(lol) I may want to spill my guts one day long distance. I totally have missed you and your posts and was worried about your pain. I pray this pill continues to work so that you feel more comfortable. Thank goodness you have such a wonderful friend there to support you. Welcome back and HUGE Hugs!

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  3. I've never read the ending first. I didn't realize people did that.

    If I had that many millions, I would have my dream house made and make sure there was enough rooms or guest cottages for family members to stay there too. I don't really like that house though.

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    1. I would definitely have a dream house built too, and I don't think it would be that big. I just need to have enough money to make sure I have a HUGE library! (lol)

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  4. Oh my gosh. Never. I don't even read the blurb. lol

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    1. I don't read the end, but for new authors, or books with no blogger reviews, I definitely have to check out that blurb. I think I read the blurb, also because the cover can sometimes be misleading. Hugs...

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  5. I’ve never read the end of books first. I have skipped ahead if the last chapter is long and boring. Wow those house in LA are amazing. I’m not sure if I would live in a house like that, maybe is my friends and family joined me. I think I would be lonely by myself.

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    1. I've done some skipping too, but usually when I have to do that, I end up not even finishing that dang book, girl. (lol) I would have a hard time traveling across the country because most of my fam and friends are on the East Coast, but like you, if they up and quit their jobs, I'd love it if they could live with me. That's too big to live in alone for sure, so I agree with you. Hugs...

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  6. I haven't exactly read the endings first, but if its part of a series that has been out I will check to see if it wraps up the romance in the first book or if its broken into parts over more books just so I can know what to expect.

    That is a fascinating house, but nah, I would probably go for something smaller and simpler and not in Lala Land.

    I've gotten some pretty good deals from Big Lots.

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    1. Hey Sophia, to be honest, if I had $250 Million, I'd get a smaller, less grandiose house for me, then get that slightly upscale home I've dreamed of for homeless female vets, allowing me to help. Of course, I'd really love a large fun library, too so all those books had a spot. We could easily live on that amount of money for the rest of our lives, right? (lol) Hugs...

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  7. Boy, those authors take me back. I didn't read a lot of Rosemary Rogers novels but I sucked down Barbara Cartland's:)
    I almost:) never read the ending first. That meme is a hoot.
    I'd think about the Los Angeles property but we're sizing down. Ha ha:)
    YOU have a great day.
    Hugs

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    1. I moved once and lost those books, and was sick. Then about 2 years ago, there was a book sale at a library, and I managed to snag Rosemary Rogers and kathleen Woodiwiss for $.25 each! Yay! So they're back in the fold. After all these years, I have yet to run into any Barbara Cartland books which are classic. Girl, if I had $250 million, I'd be visiting every blogger I know! (lol) Hugs...and hope your day is going well.

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  8. I never read the ending first. I liked to be surprised.

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    1. Hey Nadene! I think a good majority of people feel the same as you do, but I've come across a few who want to make sure the book has the ending they want first. Hugs, and always love that you stop by!

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  9. When I read "Sweet Savage Love," I used the Sunday comics to make a book cover. Back the, "Sweet Save Love," and "The Flame and the Flower" were the HOT romance novels.

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    1. Ah... yes, I remember that so well Angela! Brilliant! (lol) I didn't want anyone to know about the steamy books I was reading. I loved Flame and the Flower, too. Classics for sure!

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  10. So I admit if there's an animal or child in a book and it feels like there might be hints that animal/child is in peril I've flipped to the back just to make sure they're still there in the end! Other than I usually prefer the surprise. The view is gorgeous for the house but I think I'm good with my own regular size house without the staff!

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    1. That's definitely way too much house for me. I don't know if I could get through it in a day. (lol) I think I could find lots more to spend $250 million on, for sure.

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  11. No...never! It's not as easy when you're buying books on Kindle as when you're shopping in a bookstore, anyway. The sample is usually only the first few pages...sometimes all you get is the table of contents with that!

    All you need is $8.75 million to buy Kelly Clarkson's home...and you'd live not too far from me!

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/sumner/hendersonville/2017/03/06/kelly-clarkson-selling-hendersonville-home/98823446/

    Or, for $7.9 million you could buy Reba McEntire's lake house and it comes with a huge horse ranch. Plus, you're next to an awesome steakhouse!!!

    https://parade.com/501337/lindsaylowe/see-inside-reba-mcentires-picture-perfect-7-9-million-tennessee-estate/

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    1. I never thought about ebooks, Steph, and makes sense. Being right next to a steakhouse AND living in the great Reba's house would be pretty cool!

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  12. Best to start at the front and read to the end!!!

    All the best Jan

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    1. For sure, Jan, I think that's pretty much the consensus from what I've been seeing on responses. Most people really want to be surprised. lol Hugs...

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  13. If I dnf or skim it, then I read the end ;)

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    1. That totally makes sense, for sure! So thrilled you stopped by to say hello, and happy Monday! Hugs...RO

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  14. I do sometimes read the end of a book only because I was bore with the book and hoping the ending is good enough to continue reading but sometimes the ending doesn't make sense unless you read all of the book so I don't see reading the end is such a big deal.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. That's a different way of looking at it Lissa, and never thought of that. The book definitely has to make sense, right? Hugs and Happy Monday!

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  15. I totally read the ending first! I MUST have an HEA or I will not read a book. So, if I am unsure at all, I totally read the end! #NoShame! stopping by for #GetSocial17

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    1. Hey There Samantha and thanks for stopping by. Nothing wrong with a HEA in a book, right? I like a happy ending too! Hugs...RO

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