Book Confessions That Will Have You Side-Eyeing Me

Hey folks!

Being avid readers, we all have secretive/weirdo book habits that we haven’t shared with anyone. Well, today, I’m here to share some of mine. I can’t guarantee that you will want to be friends with me by the end of this post, but I’M SORRY FOR BEING THIS WAY. I can’t help myself! PLEASE DON’T HATE ME.

I read the last paragraph of a book first

This trend started for me when I was about 8 or so, when one of the Harry Potter books came out and the BBC did a report on it interviewing readers who were waiting in line for the bookstore to open. One of the kids they interviewed said the first thing he would do when he got the book would be to read the last line. I was intrigued and baffled by this, and started doing it too. But instead of reading just the last line, I read the whole last paragraph. It’s been surprisingly helpful in figuring out if a book will be for me or not. Also, if a book has a cliffhanger, I know I’m going to be prepared that way for it. It’s become almost of a reflex for me now and I love doing it!

I actively seek out spoilers

Yeah, I know a lot of you are probably cringing right now, but I can’t help myself! There are some things that I absolutely can’t tolerate in books, main character deaths, love interest switches, love triangles, cheating, and more. So I look for spoilers specifically regarding those before I read a book. Goodreads is usually my go-to for spoilers, and sometimes I’ll bother friends to let me know all the deets. I embrace all the spoilers! Don’t hate me, guys!

I almost never read books with no romance

This is very much of a recent development because I only used to read crime thrillers before I started blogging. While I will occasionally read a suspense book here and there, but these days, I read more romances, or YA books with romance. It’s very hard to convince me to read one without a romance. I’m not quite sure why I’m this way, because I’m the least romantic person ever in real life. But whatever, romance is my jam!

I very rarely pick up books by male authors

This is especially true for YA, which is mostly dominated by female authors anyways – wohooo! The few books I’ve read by male authors have failed to truly capture my attention or wow me, so I tend to avoid them by reflex. I’m not losing sleep over the fact though. Anyways, I’d much rather support women or minority authors anyways, and for me at least, they are stronger, more emotive writers. *shrugs*

What are some of your weird bookish habits?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • FINALLY!!! Someone else who reads endings!! I don’t do it as much as I used to, but I still totally do it! And my new recent thing is to try to find books with NO romance. I’m just not in the romantic mood and any more when I read a YA Romance, I just end up being super cynical and thinking it’s super corny. And it probably isn’t that way at all, but because of my non-romance mood, I end up thinking it is. I’m ALL about the psychological thrillers right now 🙂

  • The first 2 is sooo me! I mean there are some books that I just want to savor, that’s why I don’t look for spoilers or read the ending, but in gereal, I do them to 99% of the books I read xD

  • Oh I’m definitely side-eyeing you for the first two – that’s crazy!!! Although, I do have an *insane* aversion to spoilers to the point where I don’t read the whole synopsis of a book nor see trailers until the end (if I even get to watching them!). I remember a movie where the female character read the last page first, I think it was Alex & Emma.

    That said, I’m the same with #3! It’s very rare for me to read a book with no romance in it. Crime/Thrillers are usually the exception for me too because I love the genre. That’s why romantic suspense is perfection, haha!

  • I never even consider whether the author is male or female. However in YA, I like science fiction and dystopian which offers a mix of male and female authors. If I accidently read the last paragraph, I don’t think I would want to read the book..LOL Hmm ok I do want to know some of the things you mentioned in 2, and have actually reached out to others who’ve read a book I am currently reading if I think cheating is involved. I also want to know in advance if the story will wreck me emotionally. I don’t want details but a warning is nice.

  • Oh my goodness with the reading the end! I couldn’t do that. And I hate spoilers! I try to stay away from them as much as I can. I also need romance in some capacity in books. It is my favorite part 🙂 I do like male authors but read way more female authors. Fun post!

  • Ari

    I thought I was the only one who avoided male authors too! I tried reading all the popular YA male authors and I could never manage to finish one their books. But like you, I’m not losing sleep over it either.

  • Oh my gosh, when I was younger, I used to always read the last page before picking up a book! I have no idea when I stopped doing that. I sometimes seek out spoilers, but generally only when a new installment in a series I’m unsure about is released (to determine whether I want to continue on with the series!). I also rarely pick up books by male authors, and, like you, I don’t feel all that bad about it, haha. This was such an interesting post, Nick!

  • I can definitely relate to most of these! Recently I’ve been peeking at endings before reading the book lol… Just so I know I’m not getting into something that’s going to make me regret in the end. I also almost never read books without romance. I’m a sucker for it so it dims my excitement if there’s no romance in a book XD

  • Slight judgment for reading the last page first. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DESTINATION NICK, IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY.

    I don’t really read books by male authors too. I think it’s some subconscious thing that I assume it won’t be for me.

    And I too need romance in books. What’s a good book without the swoons?!

  • Hey, I’m not judging you AT ALL!! These are all cool, IMHO. I think the reading the last paragraph and seeking spoilers actually works well for weeding out crappy books and wasting your precious time!!! And I only read happy, no sad reality books so I have quirks, too.

    I never thought about it too much but I kind of avoid male authors, too. I’m not a huge fan of their “voice” in YA. In adult UF, it’s totally cool. But YA… naaahhhhh…

    ps. waves hi!!! I’m back to blogging but don’t visit me yet. I don’t have my mojo yet (ie. I suck at reviews right now, tee hee!)

  • I go by covers… A LOT
    I distrusts NA

    I love spoilers too

  • I used to always read the last page of a book too, but then I got out of the habit when I got my Kindle. I still do it from time to time. I don’t actively seek out spoilers, but if there is one in a review, I always click on it. I read quite a few books by male authors. Stephen King is one of my all time favs. Loved learning more about you, Nick.

  • We really are book soul sisters! I ALWAYS read the end first. And I always scour the internet for spoilers if I am not sure (I spent forever combing the web for spoilers about Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare because I was TERRIFIED about what might happen!). I only read romance (seriously, I don’t even try to say I read other things. Sometimes I listen to true crime audiobooks, but if its not romance, I don’t read it!). And you know what, I have tried a few male authors. However, I find that if I am just looking at blurbs, the books by male authors don’t seem to interest me as much. I picked up a few to specifically give male romance authors a try. They were okay books, but nothing phenomenal ya know!

  • Sarah

    I agree that I usually need a book to have romance of some kind. I hardly ever get bummed out by it, though sometimes it’s nice to have a book focused on friendship or other types of relationships. I used to actively seek out spoilers, too…but I’ve started to embrace uncertainty lately. Great post!

  • I tried to comment yesterday from my phone, but I don’t think it worked. Anyway . . . I actually do all these, so no side eye from me. I have often peeked at the end of the book, especially when I’m really stressed about something. And I also actively seek out spoilers. I almost never read for a twist or a surprise. I read for the characters. There are some exceptions though. I never peeked at the ending of any Harry Potter book. And most of the books I read have romance too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not always, because sometimes I enjoy a good children’s lit book, but most of the time. And almost all the books I read are written by women. In fact this year I’ve only read 1 book written by a man – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It was excellent though.

  • Ashley W

    I completely agree with all of these! When the last ACOTAR book came out the first thing I did was read the last (well…pretty much the whole last chapter. Whoops) to make sure non of my fav characters died. I also hate cheating so when someone talks about that in their review I know to steer clear of it. Romance, in my opinion also makes all stories better. Even if its just a smidgen of a budding romance I feel so much happier then reading some action packed adventure without any.

    I really like the idea of this post. Do you mind if I do something similar? (Obviously giving credit back to you.) I think it’s a fun discussion post!

  • Ahhhhh!! You read the last paragraph first?! hahaha just kidding! I used to do that all the time but I stopped once I found Goodreads and could find the spoilers that I needed to know about. haha! So basically, I’m just as bad. I will read books without romance but I prefer stories with romances. They hold my interest better. I loved your list of confessions! lol

  • I’m the same about male authors. I just prefer reading female authors and also female POVs. There have been very few YA male POV books that have worked for me!

  • /whispers/ Secretly, I also read the last page sometimes. (But only the last sentence, haha.)

    I have to admit that when it comes to YA I also seem to prefer when there’s some form of romance. Although, lately, I’ve found that just any kind of relationship, even platonic, will do. And I’m 100% with you on the last bit about the authors. For some reason I gravitate towards female writers as well. XD

    Summer at Xingsings

  • A Novel Glimpse

    I really only want to read romance. It can be YA, NA or adult. I don’t care. I just want someone to fall in love in the books I read. I’ll read a book without romance every once in a while, but its rarely as satisfying.
    I don’t read many male authors, but I have read a couple I’ve enjoyed recently. Sloane Howell was one of them. What I’ve found with some male authors is they claim their book is a contemporary romance, but it’s more a journey of self-discovery. The sex in them hasn’t been that great either. Sloane Howell does it well, though.

  • Haha I love these confessions! I admit, I enjoy the heck out of romance reads too (as you know). And like you, I’m really unromantic irl and don’t want to be in a romantic relationship anytime soon. Idk, I guess I like experiencing romance vicariously? But I also appreciate books without romance so it’s a good balance.

    IM THE SAME WITH SPOILERS THO. I ALWAYS click “spoilers” tag on GR. #NOSHAME

    I read some male authors but see that most of the books I love have women authors. Although there are sometimes when I’d rather read male authors than female voices, like gay romances. I’d rather much have the #ownvoices rep for those (especially since there are so few)

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  • Definitely no judgement- I say, whatever makes you happiest! That said, I am such an avid spoiler-avoider, that I cannot even fathom this way of reading 😉 ALL spoilers make me stabby- even small stuff that wouldn’t bother most people! I try to overlook it but… it’s hard! I agree in regards to the romance- I WILL read stuff without it, but I’m usually kind of disappointed if there is no romance if I am being honest. And I read WAY more female authors than male- BUT two of my all-time favorite authors are male, which is a high proportion, considering how few I read. I have some go-to males (Neal Shusterman, Patrick Ness, Jeff Zentner, Adam Silvera) who I will read basically anything by, but a new male author always has me leery. Because all four of those men do emotions REALLY well, which, like you said, is one of the reasons I prefer female authors I think. Love this post, I love a good confession 😀

  • No judgement, but… you read the last paragraph of books? I occasionally flick to the end if in doubt but I don’t do it all the time. It actually makes me glad for Kindles because I can’t do that with an ebook. I am similar when it comes to spoilers, though, but only for books in series I’ve already started and don’t know if I want to finish (such as the Throne of Glass series) or books I’m not sure I want to read but still want to know the important stuff. Also, spoilers often help motivate me read some things, I’m weird like that. Liking romance in books isn’t a bad thing, I love me some good romance and I rarely read books without romance but it’s more because I am drawn to romance and isn’t always intentional. I can’t think of many male authors I read, but I think that’s simply because of the genre of books I like, you don’t get many male romance writers, do you?

  • I’m actually guilty of doing a few of these things myself. I’ll seek out a spoiler, specifically if there’s a love triangle, just so I can gauge whether or not this book is for me. It’s the spoiler angle that made me realise that SJM’s books are not for me. I’ve been known to skip to the final page once or twice. I do this more with series because I want to know if there’s a cliffhanger or a nice resolution to the series. I’m a sucker for a good romance and love it when one is featured. There’s rarely an occasion where I read a book that doesn’t feature a romance. I’ve not actually picked up on the male/female author trend. I just go by the book. If it’s one I like, I’ll go for it. 😀

  • oh I LOVE all of these darling. And I agree with all of them. I always read the ending (or at least most of the time, usually when I am unsure about the ending, some authors I just know will give me a good ending, but there are some that tend to use cliffhangers of some sort). Although it is more difficult with ebooks over paperbacks. So paperbacks for sure I always do, but its such a hassle with kindle books. Oh the joys of technology, or maybe its done that way on purpose haha

    I haven’t read many male authors to be honest, and there is only one I have read and loved -Leigh Greenwood, he is just fantastic. For the longest time I had no idea this author was a male, I just assumed it was female. LOL

    I also can’t read fiction without a romantic element in it. I have been like that since I was a teenager. I just love my romance, and I can still read a book as long as it has some kind of romance elements in it and with a happy ending of course.

    For me some of my habits other than the ones you mentioned are:

    I like to eat while reading….weird I know but I do. Also I prefer reading while listening to instrumental music. Normally music similar to the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. or even music scores I like as well such as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I don’t mind spoilers at all, because they don’t spoil the book for me and I like to be prepared if there is something I need to prepare myself for.

  • Kaitlin ☺

    I suddenly have the urge to go through a bunch of books from my shelves and read their last paragraphs . . . 😀 I *sometimes* seek out spoilers. I do it a lot more often with shows that I’m hooked on and MUST know what’ll happen next. I did that with while watching The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black. Yes to the romance confession! I’m just drawn to books with at least a little romance than those with none at all. I’m more reluctant to pick up a book if I know it doesn’t have any romance, though it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like it. I mainly read books by female authors, too, though I think that’s because I mainly read YA and books with romance in them.

  • What a fun and interesting post about your book habits. I enjoyed. I’m one who will avoid spoilers at all cost. I found out some spoilers for “The King by J.R. Ward” and well I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the book. If I hadn’t found out, then I would have read it by now, but nope I got spoiled. Maybe one day I’ll read it. I’ve never read the end of a book; sentence and/or paragraph. I just can’t do it. I need to go from start to finish or start to DNF if the case may be. I actually tried my first male author this year. It’s “The Dresden Files”. I’m actually enjoying it. I wasn’t so sure, but I haven’t been disappointed yet. That’s only one male author though.

  • Emily

    I actually share most of these habits!! I always look up spoilers, I just can’t help it, I get too worried not knowing!

  • Rachel

    I’m actually dying a little inside that you read the last paragraph first! Sometimes my sister skim reads and like misses out entire pages. I can’t cope! Lol R xx

  • I’ve never read the last chapter and would never think of doing so. I do read a few reviews in Goodreads before I start reading (a few 5 star and a few 1-2 stars and some from my trusted blogger list) and if start a book and don’t intend to finish it, I do seek spoilers.

    I’ve had luck with a few male authors, like Riordan, Dan Brown, Gainman, Pierce Brown, to name a few.

  • You mean everyone doesn’t read the ending of a book first? Sometimes I just need reassurance that my favorite character makes it to the end in one piece so I can relax and enjoy the story!