This is one of my favorite reading questions to discuss, because sometimes the conversation gets so divisive. People seem to think it’s either okay or it’s not to flip to the end.
I’ve always been an occasional end reader. Not always, just sometimes. I find myself doing this most particularly outside the romance genre, when the end and my emotional satisfaction with the book are in question, and how it will end will decide whether I want to keep reading or not. Any time there’s a book where a heroine has two love interests, I always flip to the end to see who she ends up with. No, I don’t want that to be part of my journey, I want to know if I’m going to end up being disappointed in the choice. I also do this if I’m confused by who the hero is supposed to be. Sometimes it’s not always clear, even though maybe it’s supposed to be.
I also flip to the end when I’m feeling a bit ho-hum about a book, and I wonder if it’s worth my continued time investment to keep going. Flipping to the end to see how the climax and wrap-up plays out can help me decide. And hey, if I decide not to read any further, at least I know how it ends!
I will say that switching to reading digitally has made taking a peek at the end a bit harder. With a print book, it was always so easy to flip back and forth. Digital does make that a little more challenging. But I’m okay with that, as long as I can still peek to know that the book is going to deliver what I’m hoping for.
But you tell me, are you an end reader? Some of the time? All the time? Or do you think that reading the end will absolutely spoil a book for you, even if you’re not really enjoying how the story is progressing?