Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Introductions

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:

  • bored
  • 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!