I skim books. Yes, yes, I do. I feel guilty for it. I would stop if I could.
Three ways I skim:
1) I usually skim over the ending.
This is when I need to know my favorite character is alright at the end, so I can live through their trials with them with no worries for how it will end. Sometimes it is not reassuring; the character ends in a bad place and I must read through the trials knowing there will be no happy ending. So depressing.
2) Sometimes I skim through the middle.
This is when I want to know if the book will get more exciting later on or if I am looking for my favorite point of view character – damn you, POV changes! – and I cannot stand to read about any other character.
3) Occasionally I skim through the whole book.
This is when the book is so boring I can’t force myself to actually read it, but am still marginally interested in the story and call it done. It is slightly better than not finishing at all. I did this quite frequently in school and never suffered for it. 😉
Do you skim through books a lot?