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I’m Better Off Not Knowing

As a reader, I have this really bad habit. I hate that I do it. I tell myself at the start of every new book not to do it. But I can’t seem to help myself—I’ll still read the last few pages before I’m even halfway done with the book. I can’t stand to not know the ending.

I just started the Gone Girl audio book yesterday. That’s fifteen CD’s and nineteen hours of listening, in case you were wondering. I’m not even close to the halfway point yet.

Gone Girl

Being that I’m listening to the book instead of reading it, you’d think it would be slightly more challenging for me to skip ahead. Wrong. Wikipedia. At least I could get the synopsis. So I did.

Man do I regret it. I still plan to finish Gone Girl. But I’ve ruined the journey for myself.

I’m happy there’s no Wikipedia synopsis of my life. Because I’d read it. I’m obsessed with endings. I constantly ask God to make sure I have a good ending. One where I’m closer to Him than when I first started. But would knowing my ending really help me along the way? I think not. It would probably mess me up more than anything else. Because the ending is nothing apart from the journey it takes to get there.

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  1. Ash

    I like this blog! And I also hate the fact that you skip ahead lol 🙂

    • beth

      I know. This one might have been a game changer … 🙂

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  3. Amy Trucano

    You crazy girl! The ending of that book rolled around in my brain and irritated me for awhile. Prolly wouldn’t have finished the book if I knew ahead what the ending was. But I confess I’ve done that too!

    • beth

      It is so messing with my mind! I’m finding it difficult to not hate one character in particular (one which I don’t think I’m supposed to hate yet).
      Glad to hear you’ve done it too! Thanks for the solidarity. 🙂

  4. I do that same thing with almost every book, but I like knowing. So far, it hasn’t messed up a book for me. Given that info, maybe I can talk God into Cliffs Notes for the rest of my life. 🙂 You know, since I handle books so well.

    • beth

      Hahahahahaha! I love it! Let me know how that goes … 😉

  5. Carolyn Trucano

    I, of course, only do that by accident! I was looking through the book I’m currently reading to see how many chapters remained. There was a one page epilogue to the book, so it was quick and easy to read . . . ooops! LOL!

    • beth

      Hahahaha! Nice. 🙂

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