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On Skipping Scenes When Reading

I’ve skip scenes when I read sometimes. I do this for several reasons: 

1)       Because I want so badly to find out what happens next I skip some of the intervening scenes and go to the result. (I usually go back and read the scene afterward.)

2)      The author switched the POV and I don’t like the new character and I want to find a scene with the character I like. (Sometimes I go back and read the scene afterward.)

3)      I am bored.

I skipped for this last reason last week and it’s bothering me now. It was one of the Percy Jackson books, the second or third one, I don’t remember now and I was thinking: Go one, let’s move on to something more exciting already.

I skipped pretty much the last half of the book and went straight to the end. Usually, if I am that bored, I abandon it entirely. I don’t know which is better. I don’t even know if I missed anything, but I don’t feel like I did. Not even I read the next book (which was a lot better, and one where I did no skipping.)

But I am still thinking about it, a day after I am done with all of the Percy Jackson books. It was a middle book and showed rather boring syndromes of the middle book. I am not actually tempted to go back and reread. I don’t even know why it’s still, still bothering me.


fantasy · reading · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: The Lightning Thief

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Ah, gods, plural, as in, great beings that control the forces of nature and human endeavors: the immortal gods of Olympus. That’s a smaller matter.”

– The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan