Thursday, 3 March 2011

Booking Through Thursday 8

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme which asks a bookish question which you have to answer.

This weeks question is:

Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

Yes I do and I hate myself for it. I really really wish I didn't because whenever I read the end of a book I feel I ruin it for myself but I just can't seem to help it. Seriously I try so hard not to look but I always do - I have to know how it ends before I actually get there. I feel the need to prepare myself incase the book does not end the way I want or think it's going to. For example at the moment I am reading This Side of the Grave and The Vespertine and I have looked at both the endings of these books.

The thing is I have a huge issue with happy endings, I need my books to end well or I get very very upset. It's crazy I know and in real life I am not so sensitive but if something bad happens in a book or movie or on a TV show I have a tendency to cry uncontrollably. I cried all the way through dinner when Beth died in Little Women, I watched Armageddon in the afternoon and didn't stop crying until I fell asleep in the evening and I almost had a breakdown when Mark Greene died on ER. Yes I am that bad, everybody makes fun of me because of it. Now if I know beforehand what is going to happen I think I can handle it better, usually not the case but still I try.
So now you all know my shameful secret - one day I hope to cure myself of it.

That's all for now.


  1. sometimes I do look ahead, but I don't consider it cheating.

  2. Heey
    I saw your post and made my own! I had the same problem when I was younger but somehow now I don't anymore. It jsut stopped!!
    Hop over to see my answer if you have the time:
    Juli @ Universe In Words

  3. I get ridiculously upset about books and TV too. For some reason I empathise really readily with fictional characters and when bad things happen... I'd much rather spoil myself than be miserable for days though.

  4. Yay, found one of my tribe! I've been looking for you. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  5. You're a sensitive soul and I can relate wholly. I don't always peek, but when I knew someone was going to die in the Harry Potter Book, Half-blood Prince, I couldn't stand the apprehension and had to skip to the end before finishing the novel. Just so I knew it wasn't a leading character.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I'll stop by again soon.

  6. I peek too. But, someone mentioned that they don't peek when they read on their Kindle and it's the same with me. It's just harder to peek on the Kindle, so I don't bother. But pbooks, yeah:

  7. Interesting. I feel just the opposite, really - I just don't want to know anything about the ending until I get to it. I like the surprise.

    But I do agree about Beth dying in Little Women. That was a hard one to get over.

  8. Do you want to hear something really crazy? Even when I've seen a movie several times, I keep hoping for a different ending (when the ending is sad), and I'm very disappointed when that doesn't happen....

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I do the same thing! And I also hate myself for it, it's just so hard not to! Especially with a book you've been anticipating for so long.

  10. I never peek at the end, I like the surprise, especially in mystery books. I like to try and guess who did it, if I cheated and read the end, that would take the fun our of reading the book.

  11. Get a Kindle like me :) It's a bit of hassle to scroll to the end, so it cured me of cheating!

    Here's my Cheating (Booking Through Thursday) post!

  12. I never want to look!

  13. I never look. Mainly it's because I like mysteries and suspense books and it would ruin it for me.

  14. I do as well and lately, I've started peaking in random places in the books as well. I'm trying to get rid of that habit, but it's hard.

    To justify myself though, I always think that it's how you get to the ending that's important, not just the ending :P

  15. Hi Sally! Thanks for visiting my blog. ^_^

    Yes, I really do love my happy endings.

  16. Hi :)
    It's Marie from ifmarybooks blog.
    Thanks again for joining The Mortal Instruments re-read challenge.
    I'm really sorry but I can't do this challenge myself :(.
    I'm really busy with college this semester. I've got my final exams in less than two months and I need to study like hell. But also I don't have much time with my job too...
    I thought a month ago that I will have some times to do this re read challenge but I've got so much new YA books to read I can't spend time on re-read certain books.
    And I've taken the desicion to take a little break with my blog at least until my exams are over at the end of April. (I've wrote a post about on my blog !)
    I'm really really sorry and I hope you'll understand :).
    But still I hope you'll have a great time re reading the books if you're still doing it.
    Happy reading !

  17. I am exactly the same as you. I just can't help it - whenever I don't look at the end, it always turns out to be some tragic ending that makes me want to cry. So peeking at the last pages has become a habit I just can't seem to get over. It's nice to know there are others out there like me!

  18. You're not alone. I peek too. I can't help myself. I want to have a happy ending too, or to know that "she", the heroine, ends up with the right guy. Unfortunately, this can sometimes ruin a book for me because if I see the wrong ending, I sometimes don't finish the book. I hate that I do that.