Do you skip pages while reading a book?

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Re: Do you skip pages while reading a book?

Post by Rattyhatty » 21 Feb 2018, 16:05

Sometimes I do, but only in horribly written scenes. Though the consequences do come back to me, as I often end up going back to read said horrible piece. You'd think I'd learn after the first few times.

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Post by Aaybeedee » 22 Feb 2018, 03:06

no i dont

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Post by Ami_Violet » 22 Feb 2018, 07:29

Yes - but only when it's bad and I want to know how it ends, I'll skip to the last chapter or the last few pages. My curiosity gets the better of me and I want to feel like I didn't completely waste my time. But that's only if I've actually put some time into reading it. If I don't like a book after the first chapter I typically just give up on it. On the flip side, if I like a book I will devour it, and I want to skip ahead because I want to know what happens but I could never violate the integrity of the book by doing that - just like I wouldn't fast forward through a good movie - I have to read every single word.

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Post by TheRedQueen22 » 22 Feb 2018, 09:46

I seldom skip pages when I'm reading. I only do it when I've finally given up on a book and just want to see how things will turn out without really indulging myself and my time into reading.

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Post by Christine Keleny » 22 Feb 2018, 10:33

I too do just the opposite - I read every word. I enjoy the act of reading, so I take my time.

If it's a bad book, I might skip a bit to see if it's the same bad stuff as I go, but I'll stop reading a book rather than skipping stuff. Reading time is to precious to waste it on a bad story. There are many good stories out there.

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Post by Godson Onah » 22 Feb 2018, 10:59

I usually do this on rereads. The first time I read a book, I always read every single word because I don't want to miss anything. But on my next reading of the book, I would already know the characters and story arcs I consider to be uninteresting so I tend to skip those.

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Post by Sorchadorcha » 22 Feb 2018, 13:04

I had a huge problem when I was younger of skipping to the end of the book to find out what happened before reading the entire book. Thankfully I've grown out of this and I only skip pages of a boring book, like all the explicit scenes in Fifty Shades.
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Post by SparklesonPages » 05 Mar 2018, 11:45

If I resort to skipping pages it’s usually badly written or rambling dialogue. I try not to but sometimes it’s necessary for keeping sane !

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Post by JodyVamp » 05 Mar 2018, 12:52

If the story is dragging or one of the characters is just that annoying, I will skim through until it gets better or the offending one shuts up or gets killed. I very rarely give up completely unless it's the main characters that are too off putting to continue wasting time on.

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Post by ayoomisope » 06 Mar 2018, 05:46

I get too curious not to skip pages but I would only skip to the end of the book and skip right back to where I stopped. Aside this, I only totally skip pages that are poorly written or boring.
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Post by seymmarc » 06 Mar 2018, 10:54

I would feel like I'm missing out on something important if I skipped pages. Especially since my preferred genre right now is crime/mystery/thriller. Although I will admit that when a book starts to get boring my reading kind of gets put on autopilot. So I'm reading and picking up the gist of what is written but not fully immersed in the novel.

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Post by JeriTrice » 07 Mar 2018, 01:11

I do not skip full pages or chapters, but sometimes I find myself skimming if a particular section is boring or redundant.

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Post by Jeyasivananth » 08 Mar 2018, 17:29

I usually do not; I fear I may miss something important. Besides if you can do that to a book , it just means the book is badly written.

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Post by Carissa Myung » 08 Mar 2018, 21:10

I one hundred percent skip pages while reading a book!

For books that switch a character's POV, such as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series, or Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, I tend to switch to the chapters with the character I favor. After I finish that character's POV, sometimes I read the other pieces and fill the gaps in the plot. Otherwise, I'll shelve the book and open it after finishing a different one.

Even if a book slowly progresses, I sometimes still flip forward with fast, action-packed chapters in other books because I'm anxious to see the end. Then I work backwards, which either provides more confusion (especially in mystery novels) or epiphanies where I'd like to think I note certain elements I wouldn't have spotted before.

I try not do skip pages anymore, but it's definitely an entrenched habit I've yet to completely rid of. Techniques to keep yourself from skipping pages?

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Post by GabbiV » 12 Mar 2018, 19:40

With physical books I skip ahead if I'm getting bored with the current chapter, so I would count the pages to the next chapter. Since I read mostly on my Kindle, the habit has diminished in frequency, yet it persists.

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