FIR ’10: Reading Question #5 : How much of the book do you read?

Fall Into Reading 2010 @ Callapidder DaysAs part of the Fall Into Reading Challenge, Katrina @ Callapidder Days has decided to post a weekly question related to the challenge.

She writes, “I thought it would be a great way to keep Fall Into Reading participants connected throughout the course of the challenge.”

Here’s the question for this week:

When you read a book, do you read EVERYTHING? In other words, do you read the dedication, the acknowledgement, the foreword, the afterword, the prologue, the epilogue, the appendices, etc.? Or do you just read the “meat” of the book? Or is your approach somewhere in between?

I think how much of the “extra stuff” I read really shows how much I like the book I’m reading. A book I’m in love with, I’ll want to read it all – from the index to the “about the author” page in the back. I think you can also usually tell a lot about a book from those little details and how many of them there are. I really appreciate the efforts an author might put into those details and get a kick out of the little extras added. But if a book is just “alright” – I might not even glance at any of those extras. If the book is just awful, I might even ::gasp:: skim the book and not bother finishing at all, nevermind reading the index or dedication pages.

How about you?

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