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60-Day Book Meme - Day 57

Day 57 - How often do you skim a book before reading it?


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Mar. 25th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
If it's a non-fiction book, I will skim the table of contents, the notes, the appendices, and the bibliography. I want to see if the title/sub-title matches with the text. I've had it happen too many times where the title was misleading as to the actual content of the book. I want to see how in-depth the author is in the various sections. I want to see if the information is well supported, how much additional information is provided, and how familiar I am with the author's sources.

If it's a work of fiction, I rarely skim. I don't want to be spoiled. I want to lose myself in the story as it unfolds. At most, I'll look to see how the chapters are arranged, ex. short vs long, so I can form a plan for reading. I can read X chapters before I have to stop and go do Y, for example.
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Not often. I can usually go by the back page or wherever the description is and know if I want to read it or not.
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
If I start feeling that the story might go somewhere I don't want to read, or just want to know how it ends, I skim - getting spoiled doesn't make it worthless to read, but may even motivate to read and relish it, if story will turn out to be nice :)
Mar. 26th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
I may skim the first few pages to be sure I want to read/buy it, but aside from that I just go page-to-page. I don't want to spoil any surprises!
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