Booking Through Thursday
Do you cheat and peek ahead at the end of your books? Or do you resolutely read in sequence, as the author intended? And, if you don’t peek, do you ever feel tempted?
For a good part of my childhood, my father worked the night shift. My brother and I would wake up early on Christmas morning but would not dare venture beyond the end of the hallway that would eventually lead to the living room where the Christmas tree and all of our presents would be. Not once do I remember us crossing that invisible line to sneak a peek at what Santa had brought us. We waited for dad to come home from work and give us the okay. It was only then that we would race to see what was in our stockings near the fireplace and then to the tree to see what lay beneath.
Reading a book is somewhat like that experience for me: the waiting and anticipation to see what will happen next. Like most everyone, I have moments when I let out a cry, "Oh! I can't wait anymore! What happens next?" And yet, the temptation to actually take a peek at that final chapter or that final page never comes. Instead I may grip the book harder; stand up and pace as a I read; bounce a little in my chair; or perhaps I will simply sit quietly as still as can be, staring intensely at the pages as my eyes fly over the words, taking them all in and losing myself so totally in the story. Do I peek at the end of a book? No. Knowing how a movie ends does not bother me for some odd reason, but I like to discover the end of a book for myself.
It is not the holiday gifts themselves that stick out in my memory of all those Christmases long ago. It is the moments leading up to them. With books, sometimes that's the best part of all.
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I have been tagged again! Melody over at Melody's Reading Corner tagged me for the page 161 Meme and so I thought I would try again. The last book I chose for this one obviously did not impress anyone (although the book is definitely worth reading).
1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth full sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence to your blog.
5. Don't search around for the coolest book you have, use the one that is really next to you.
This one is that never gets old because it's always changing. If you'd like to play along for the first time or give it a try again, consider yourself tagged!
"They're writing some stupid slogan that's going to run on the front page every day until the cows leave, aren't they?" - from Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson