The world is but a canvas to the imagination...
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Begin with the End


I have a habit of reading the ending of a book first...I have to because I can't enjoy the rest of it unless I do. :-)
I didn't used to be that way, it is all Nicholas Spark's fault. Good old Nicky, also known as Writer of Stupid Endings Extraordinaire...

It all started with the book Message in a Bottle.  I am a avid reader, nay a devourer of books.  I have to read every night before bed, I read while walking, I read in the car (not while driving, but if I could figure out a safe way to do that I would) I read curled up in the chair listening to the rain fall...get the picture?

I was the toddler who scribbled her own nonsense books, the 4year old who learned to read before she went to Kindergarten (which resulted in a spanking at school and a suspension...but that is another story loll)  I have a horrible memory for names, but I remember my Elementary librarian, Mrs. Holmes.  I was the child who raced through school work so she could read during class, the teen that hid a book in my text books (like the teacher wouldn't notice.) The adult who reads at least 4 books a week...get the picture?

Fast forward to the "Stupid Book" (A.K.A.) Message in a Bottle.  I read it.  It was wonderful.  *Spoiler Alert! Then right at the ending, out of the blue one of them dies...Oh my heck! Can you say seriously rude? 

So now, if I start a book that I am really liking, I read the ending to make sure that I am not shocked/disgusted/sad/mad at the ending.  I actually enjoy the story more if I know what will happen.  Then I read the book to fill in the middle.  Now even if someone dies, I am not destroyed.  (Okay, a little dramatic)

I just read a great book called Before Ever After.  I was stunned by how much I liked it.  I laughed out loud when I came across the following quote by Max, one of the main characters.

"Fretting over how life ends, or anything else for that matter, is a complete waste of time," Max said. "I don't know about you, but when I got my hands on those Harry Potter books, I simply had to sneak a peek at the last page."
"Er, Harry Potter?" Jonathan arched a thick silver brow.
Max nodded, "I, for one believe that in order to really enjoy any story, you need to get the ending out of the way as soon as possible--which is why I've brought you all here.  You need to learn the conclusion of one family's story so that you may better appreciate how it began and the cast of characters along the way."

Bam! Vindication! That is is exactly how I feel.  Now if you will excuse me, I have a book to go read.  Ending first of course.  :-)


Hollie said...

Ha ha, I love that quote! Thank ya much for letting me steal your book!

Lesli said...

I love it - and pssssttt - I do that too!

Samantha Jones said...

That certainly is an interesting way of going about it. I find the shock endings the best (hell, I don't even read blurbs half the time so I don't even know what a book is going to be about!).
Enjoy reading, and good luck not running into poles while doing it!

LadyLilith said...

Oh no! I can't bear to read the ending first just in case the lsat line is something like 'and then after all that struggle, they all died.'

Could you imagine?!


Megan said...

I loved reading your quick review of your "book life". I was NEVER a reader. My mom, sister, aunt and grandma could finish a book in a flash and just loved it! I tried to get into books and just couldn't.... until the day :) the day I picked up a book and couldn't put it down. Ok ok, the book was twilight. maybe a silly book, but it got me hooked! I can now finish a book in day ;) My husband bought me a kindle for christmas and then gets jealous when I can't put it down!

As for reading the end first I am totally guilty of that. I will even skip a couple chapters ahead while reading just to make sure i'm not to surprised!

I'm a new blogger and enjoyed reading yours!! :)
Thanks and I will read again!

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