I’ve done that for nearly all the books I’ve read; mystery novels, thrillers, the last Harry Potter. When I first read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I discovered a major character had died, called up my best friend to tell her, and she yelled at me in disbelief because she was on line to buy the book. The problem was that during her yelling, she revealed who the character was to the rest of the crowd. I ruined a bunch of lives that day.
Nora Ephron once said that she read the last page of the book so she could know how it ended in case she died first. I do it to stay prepared for what’s to come. Knowing I have a surprise coming my way, whether it’s for a birthday, holiday, or my husband says we’re going to do something but won’t tell me what, keeps me on the edge of my seat and gives me anxiety. He hates watching television or a movie with me because I’ll read spoiler-ridden reviews or information in advance. He despises spoilers but truth be told, you should stay off the internet or watch things in a timely manner instead of blaming people for spoiling things for you. Sometimes he’ll ask me to tell me a spoiler, like with Wonder Woman. “Does she have an invisible plane?” He asked. “Yes, of course.” He spent the whole movie waiting for the invisible plane to appear.
Currently I’m reading “Never Let Me Go.” I am 56% of the way through and I’ve already read the last chapter. Side note: I was about 75 pages in when I did that. Then I read a few more chapters, had additional questions, and went back to the latter part of the book for answers instead of just continuing on with the book. Am I going to continue reading this book, despite knowing what I already know? I think so. I’m more than halfway through, and I do want to know more about how the characters arrived at the ending.
But if it was what I thought was a bad ending, like “The Party,” I would do a hard pass. Life is too short to read books with bad endings.