Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Into Reading 2010 Update

When you read a book, do you read EVERYTHING? In other words, do you read the dedication, the acknowledgement, the foreword, the afterword, the prologue, the epilogue, the appendices, etc.? Or do you just read the “meat” of the book? Or is your approach somewhere in between?

I glance at the dedication, the acknowledgement, and the foreword, depending if they sound interesting, that is the deciding factor as to whether I read them or not. However, I always read the prologue and the epilogue, because the prologue sets the story up, and the epilogue brings the story to it's conclusion. So not to read those would mean missing part of the story. 

When I am shopping for a book, I will usually check the copyright date first, and than quickly scan the review about the book on the dust-cover, or the back of the book, to help me decide if I want the book or not.

How about you do you read EVERYTHING?


  1. You must have been a librarian!

    Have to admit I read lots of information in books. One of the best things I ever read at the back of a book was Charlton Heston's comments in the back of one of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series. What a wonderful review he wrote, so eloquent and such a knowledge of the books and the writer. The worst was Tolkien's introduction to Lord of the Rings!