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Do you always start to read from page 1?



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Do you always start to read from page 1?

Even though this question might seem a bit odd, it's actually a real question. I do wonder if you always start directly from page 1 or if you jump towards the mid section of the book or even the last couple of pages, before you actually start reading the entire book?

I personally usually read the last page of the book, or the cover on the back of the book, before I decide to read the entire book or not. No matter if it's a guide, report, ebook or an actual paperback book.

I've done this for years and I guess I do this to see if I get some sort of "feeling" for the book or not. In case I don't, then I won't read it. In case I get something, then I'll read the entire thing. From page to page.

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idealmike

It's a fair question and yeah sometimes, if it's a book. Like I'll read the back page and then read the first opening pages. The introduction and that. To see whether it will have anything in it that appeals to me before I start to get into that book. I think a lot of people do that. Because it's true when they say "you can't judge a book by its cover". You need to at least read the first part and what's written on the back or something. But it really depends on the book itself. Sometimes I'll pick a book up and know straight away I'm going to be interested in it or not. But I'll still read what's written at the front or on the back pages first before I actually get into it. You've got to feel it out! Nobody wants to start reading a book that isn't entertaining or really very informative in any way depending on if you're reading a novel or non-fiction book. Do you always start to read from page 1?



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Corzhens

I agree that it depends on the reading material. But for me, I always check the first few pages of the book and one page in the middle. What I'm looking for is the style of writing that is comfortable to my eyes. There are authors with good stories but their writing style does not match my reading style. And for other reading materials like an email, I scan it to look for the salient point. And when it is interesting then I read everything starting from the first line.



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Kakashi2020

If it's a book that I'm not familiar with, I would first browse the pages and see if it's any good, if I don't like it then I'd probably find another book to read. But in cases that I'm already familiar with the book, I would start reading on page one.



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Lynne

Well it depends who has written it Do you always start to read from page 1? If is a novel and written by an author I love and I know there is a new book out. I walk into the shop, tuck it under my arm and take it straight to the till. Then when I get home I just open it up and read from page 1 yes.

If it is an author I don't know or I not that familiar with I will always read the back first. Then I will read the first page to see if it captivates me or not. I mean if a book doesn't captivate me on page 1 then all is lost isn't it?

I might scan a few pages then to decide if I want it or not.

But in general yes I like to start at the beginning and read it to the end.



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Cristian

I NEVER read the last page, that basically the best part and I don't want to spoil my ending. I think it depends on what kind of book I'm reading, if it's something related to SEO or maybe online marketing related, I don't actually read it, I read between the lines and skip a lot but always scanning for interesting bits, I write them down as quotes and move along.

If I'm reading a book that already is considered a masterpiece I always start with the first page and I read every world, not doing the "scanning" thing because I really want to understand the philosophy behind it.



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ballyhara

Me neither, I never read the last page before. Especially if there is a main story, that's like ending all the fun. I can't deny, if the story is really good, I'm always tempted to know how it's going to end, but I'm not touching that final page at all. And also, it depends on what's the book about, if I'm going to read a marketing book, then I can go straight to the chapter I'm interested in, to get read an specific information, but otherwise, I always start from page 1.



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fishmonk

I usually read the prologue and the synopsis. From these two sections, I will decide whether a book does pique my interest. If I find the book interesting, I will just start reading the introduction then. For non-fictions, I do skip parts of the books a lot since the topic might be dry.



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wiseagent

"Prologues" and "Synopsis" are a MUST for me, but regardless of the outcome (whether I like it or not, haha), if I decide to read the book... I'll always start on page 01 because doing anything out of this it's very strange to me.



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DarthHazard

I never do that because it just ruins the whole book for you if you accidentally look at a massive part of the plot. For example, imagine skipping to the end and finding out that a certain character has died. It just ruins the whole book for you because you think of it differently and you may think of the characters differently than to what the author intended. I always start from page 1 and I make sure to always go in chronological order.



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DanoCath

Whenever I decide to read a book, I always read the very first page of the book. When it comes to a novel type of books, the first page of it sometimes is an acknowledgment and I do read it also. I rarely read a book so when I do, I always start to read it's very first page until the last page. However, there are some instances also when I find the book uninteresting at the middle of reading it so I end up not finishing the whole thing.



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JoeMilford

I think this is a good question, and it made me laugh at myself for a second. I am always tempted to go to the last page, or to flip around in the book a bit. I am even more tempted to do this when I am picking up a graphic novel or comic book. When it comes to a novel, I almost feel as if I need to respect the author's intentions and craft and read it cover to cover as he or she had intended for me to do. In other words, I try to resist temptation and to read the book like a disciplined appreciator of the arts.



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wiseagent

I think your questioning is valid because I know many people who, for example, start reading a book by the final chapter. This is very strange to me, because I can't understand the reason for someone does this... But they do.

I particularly can't begin a reading if it's from the beginning. I don't like the feeling of missing out on some important information.



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zollynash

I do sometimes read start reading a book from the last page which enables me to get a glimpse into the kind of book I am about to get into. Certain books that i like e.g Detective story lines I will read from the first page. It is interesting and fulfilling to see a story unfold.

The best books are those that you read the last sentence and realise there was so much more you wanted to know about the story.



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Adesuwa08

😂😂😂 you are just curious as a cat, you can't read paitently because you just want to see what happens at the end, I have some friends too that begin reading from the back page. I use to think it was absurd, but I stopped seeing it that way because not everyone will is same with characters/habits and preferences.

My Mom is the most absurd reader I have ever seen, she doesn't spend long with a book and then she says she is through with,I wonder how she does it.



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Krisleen

If it's about any random topic, I will perhaps check its overview or summary first before i read it entirely. I don't want to waste my time reading something I don't like. But if it's about business and financial literacy, I'll definitely read it from page 1. Financial literacy is an advocacy closest to my heart and I love learning more about it. One book I have read from page 1 is my favorite book, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I use books as my reference in creating Powerpoint presentations for my coaching or speaking engagements. I have actually created a two-part financial literacy presentation from the books I have read from page 1. Reading the entire book is actually good so you can understand the details and learn a lot, especially if it adds value to you.



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mildredtabitha

I always read the title and the brief explanation at the back on the cover of the book. I also check through the pages to see if there is any pictures. If I really like the book and I also plan to read it, I will check the number of pages.



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Pixie06

Even I go through the summary at the back of the book first. Then I usually go to the middle of the book and read some pages. If I find the story to be interesting I start reading from the beginning. I have to admit that on various occasions I started reading a book only because I found the summary to be interesting but unfortunately the story didn't turn out to be a good one. That's the reason I start reading from the middle now.



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Judas2018

No way. Proper book etiquette is to start from page 1 and keep going until you reach the end. I've never skimmed past page 1 with any book I've read and never will. It ruins the surprises embedded within the story.



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Adesuwa08

I was taught back then in middle school that you have to read from the front cover of the book to the back cover, I didn't pay attention to all they said back then, I never knew how important it was till our teacher came to class and gave us a test to memorize what we can recall from the first page, I failed the test woefully.

Since then I don't joke with any pages in a book, because I feel something like that might happen again, I didn't want to learn that same mistake over and over again. You might not get to go through the kind of thing I went through or you might never, it is important that you read from the first page because there is still information there to read through.



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