Apparently it was Nora Ephron who said: 'When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.' (Although I do believe Woody Allen said something similar.)
I have to confess that I don't read the last page first, but I do regularly stop half way through a book and check the ending out just to make sure things pan out how I want/think they should. I can't help it...I just can't bear the suspense (THAT, my friend, is a sign of a good book, great writing and brilliant conflict).
Some friends who I've spoken to about this...affliction... think I'm bonkers to spoil the surprise...others agree that it's the only way to be able to relax into a story. This article says I'm wise (!) and get greater enjoyment out of my reading experience.
The last book I just HAD to read the end of was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (this is not a romance)- I couldn't bear to go to sleep before I knew what happened. I couldn't read another single word unless I had my questions answered.
In my defense, I often watch movies/TV programmes that I know the ending of (Downton Abbey for example- I know what happens before I watch because of scheduling differences across the world and friends/family openly discuss episodes I haven't seen yet) ..so why would reading a book be any different?
Tell me, am I the only one who sneak previews the good bits ....or do you ONLY read a book chronologically even it the suspense almost kills you?