I have a very bad habit when it comes to book. It isn't bending the spine (although I do that). It isn't turning over a page corner (yup, I do that too!). It is...
Reading the last part of the book shortly after starting it.
For the record, I don't read the entire last chapter. Once I establish who my favourite character is, I skim read the last few pages to see if they survive (they usually do since I love the protagonists the best).
In my defence, I do this if life is giving me lemons because some days I want a happy ending.
It has been drawn to my attention, thank you to Cat Clarke, Sarah of Sarah's Book Reviews and Lynsey of UK Book Tours that this is not a good thing to do.
So much so that Cat said she would be very angry at me if I do that to her book. Which somehow got me pretty scared. I like Cat. She's bubbly, funny, loves books and is a brilliant cheerleader in whatever I do. I don't want to get her mad.
I then realised that perhaps although I thought I had good reasons for doing this, they aren't good reasons at all. I mean, I'm a book reviewer. I review books. How is it fair that I peek at the end, and thus denying myself the experience that most, good, readers have?
I don't peek to the end of a film. I don't skip to the last episode of an anime series to see what happens. Or do I? For every anime I watch, I um look online to see what happens. Sometimes I'm glad, especially in one anime (yet to finish) where my favourite character dies before the end.
I need to break this habit! So, this is my public pledge that I, Nayuleska of Nayu's Reading Corner, will no longer look at the end of a book before I naturally get there.
This is unbelievably hard. I've been doing this for so long.
My friends are trying to come up with a way to ensure that I stick with this pledge. I know I will. Because really I've been cheating.
Suggestions to make sure I do stick with it are welcome. And I made this public for a reason.
So, I do apologise to everyone whose books I have peeked at the end first. I still loved the end when I reached it! I always had fun trying to work out how the characters would reach the end in that state. I was usually surprised at the twists in the story.
Thank you for listening to my pledge and apology. I am a reformed reviewer!
*fingers shake at the attempt to not turn over the last few pages*