Musing Mondays – First things first

This week’s Musing Monday asks:

What do you do with the book before you start reading it?

It would never have occurred to me that this is a question – my answer is “open front cover, flip past all the copyright and acknowledgements and introduction to where the story starts, and start reading.

I *never* read an introduction before I read the book as there are often spoilers hiding in there. In fact, if I already own the book, I rarely even read the blurb for fear of spoilers! If it’s on the shelf, it’s to be read, so just start…


5 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – First things first

  1. Valentina 21 May 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Yeah, I usually don’t read intros either.

  2. Leeswammes 21 May 2012 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I’m the same, don’t read Introductions or the blurb on the back. Once I had a book that described (on the back) about HALF of the story in the book – luckily I only found out after I finished the book, but that would be too much information for me!

  3. Nose in a book 21 May 2012 at 7:19 pm Reply

    When I worked in book publishing I always checked the copyright page and title pages first. I’m not quite so obsessed now but I do check for any author’s note or opening quote before I get stuck in. I save introductions for afterward, if I read them at all.

  4. Kwizgiver 21 May 2012 at 10:07 pm Reply

    I read the copyright and often the blurb on the back of the book. Sometimes I’ll look for the author information. But I generally dive right in.

  5. winstonsdad 22 May 2012 at 11:00 am Reply

    I go back and read the intro after read the book but only if it is by a writer I like or a scholar on the subject ,All the best stu

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