My name is Ally and I don’t read introductions.
I know that the Introduction section of a book is there for a reason, I just don’t read them.
Don’t get me wrong, I started off reading them but one rambling 20 page chapter after another, I grew tired and just a little bit jaded about the content of these sections.
I figured it wasn’t worth reading these sections as they made me feel a number of things:
- bogged down
- lost in the rhetoric of the author
- less enthusiastic to read the actual content of the book.
To be fair though, the majority of these long winded introductions are found in non-fiction books. Which has me reminiscing about my long winded PhD research days.
I will admit, if a non-fiction book is interesting, then sometimes I will return to the introduction. But then, and only then.
Just to clarify, sometimes in classic fiction there is a foreword by a modern day author introducing the book, usually these are discussions about the importance of the book or the authors memory or experience with the classic – I skip these as well.
To be fair, in non-classic fiction books I will read these introductions as I have found them to be quite short and usually just a note about the world of the book. I’m not a complete monster.
It’s been my personal experience that when I do read the Introduction of a book, it will take me longer to read and I will also feel more bogged down in the content. In my growing years I have become fickle with my remaining time on earth and skip straight to the content. Why wait for the good stuff?
What are your opinions on introductions and forewords? Do you avidly read these sections or do you skip them like me? Do you think they provide much worth in a book or are they just taking up space? Leave a comment and let me know!
My name is Ally and I dog ear books.
To mark my place in a book, I fold the corner of a page instead of using a bookmark like a civilised person. I am such a deviant that I not only dog ear my own books but also library books.
I hear you gasp in horror – I am fully aware of how people feel about dog earring books and just how passionate they can get about doing this to books. But honestly, who cares?
For books that are my own, you shouldn’t care because they’re mine.
I must admit though, when borrowing a book from a friend, I don’t dog ear their books because I do respect their property.
For library books, take it from someone who works in a library in the grand scheme of things, dog earring doesn’t damage a book. Bending the covers, cracking the spines, and mystery stains are why books are removed from catalogues, not because of bent top corners.
Having said this, please note that I do not dog ear large non fiction books or valuable older books. I am admitting to dog earring paperback, trade paperbacks, and hardcover fiction books. I am not a monster who dog ears valuable art print books or 1920 copies of classic fiction.
I know that this confession and my blasé attitude may annoy or even infuriate some people but oh well. I am a ‘dog earer’ and I do not care.
What are your opinions on dog earring books? Are you a avid bookmark supporter? Do you think I have a special place waiting for me in book purgatory? Or are you like me, a dog earrer who is no longer afraid to confess to their book crimes.
Leave a comment and let me know!
Okay so I know I have my 2019 Goals and my Book Bingo challenge but I have so many other books I want to read and they’re ones that probably won’t feature in these challenges.
So I decided I’d make a quick image to display in a sidebar widget of my blog. The books featured are ones that I want to hopefully read by the end of 2019, thus the ‘Hopeful reads of 2019’ title.
The books that are featured are ones that:
Keep an eye out on my blog for the graphic which I will be updating as I read the books 😊
See any books in there that you want to know more about? Do you want a similar template for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know 😊