One of my closest friends is a book lover like myself. We discuss books constantly. Some novels we tear to pieces and rant about angrily for weeks. Others we fall head-over-heals in love with and refer to on a daily basis. There's nothing more fun than having a good friend to gush about books with.
There's just one problem- she's what I call a "skimmer." In other words, my friend rarely reads a book from start to finish. Usually she reads the first few chapters, skips to the climax, and reads the ending (and not always in that order). It drives me insane. As a compulsive book finisher, I HAVE to finish the book unless it's (a) offensive or crude (b) against my beliefs or (c) just too plain horrible to finish. In my year of blogging, there's only one book that I haven't read in its entirety.
Now, I don't want anyone to be offended if you're one of these so called skimmers. It's just a personal pet peeve of mine. To me, it seems unfair to the authors and the novel, in my opinion. If the author wrote the book with 400 pages in a particular order, than he or she did it for a reason. That's how they wanted the story to be presented. Also, if you skip out on certain parts of the book, then you might be missing some of the best parts. You never know when beautiful quotes or shocking twists are going to pop up.
Well, I've come to the end of my mini-rant. Not only did I want to voice my own opinion, but I want to hear yours. Do you skim through books or read every word? Or is it a combination of both? Why or why not?