Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Into Reading: Question #5

Fall Into Reading is hosted by callapidder days

Question #5: Do you skim? Or are you faithful to every word?

I'll totally admit I do both, depending on what I am reading.  I do try very hard to read every word as I love descriptions and try to soak up the atmosphere as much as possible in a book.  I like paying attention to how authors string concepts together and how everything is drawn together in such a way that is mesmerizing and intriguing. 

My husband tends to read each word much more than I do, while I have a tendency to skim over passages and things that I don't think are helpful to a story or are pointless, and this includes dialogue as well and not only descriptive passages.  There are many descriptive passages that are wonderful reading fodder and add so much to the story and these I read word for word.  I also tend to skim through the sex scenes in a novel, especially if they go on and on, and end up being very descriptive and detailed, and the novel wasn't classified as erotica, a genre I typically avoid. 

In general however, I tend to read each word more than I skim as lately I find that if I'm skimming too much it's because I'm not enjoying the book and it's time to find another one.  I'm long past the days of reading everything through to the end as I just don't have enough time in a day. 


  1. Yay! Someone like me :) I skim anything overly graphic in books, and I hate picking up a book and having it be basically erotica but classified as something else. There's more than one series I've abandoned because of it.

    My full answer is here if you'd like a look :)

  2. It depends on the subject or genre with me.

    I have been known to skim right past a Tom Clancy techno-lecture in his novels, for example.