Question: Have You Ever Skimmed…Only To Have To Go Back?

Posted July 25, 2012 by Carmel in / 4 Comments

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by Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks

I’m happy to report that I am NOT a skimmer. There’s reasons why authors include the things that they do; mostly because they’re relevant to the story! Sure, detailed descriptions and information dumps aren’t always riveting reads but they’re usually important so why bother saving yourself 5 minutes only to end up lost later on? Or worse, to not be able to fully enjoy the experience because you were lazy. I’m good at estimating how long it’s going to take me to read a book based on the number of pages. The time I save by skimming isn’t going to make a big difference in the overall scheme of things in my opinion so you might as well just suck it up and read the whole thing!

On occasion I do catch myself skimming but I only succumb to this bad habit when I’m not diggin’ a book but I have committed to reviewing it. True, I may be cheating the requester out of my “real” review but in my eyes it’s better to follow through on a promise than not at all. If I end up feeling a little lost because of skimming I don’t really care because I was already struggling to make it to the ending. I don’t think that the parts I missed are going to save the book at this point.

What about you?

Have You Ever Skimmed…Only To Have To Go Back?


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4 responses to “Question: Have You Ever Skimmed…Only To Have To Go Back?

  1. Yes, I do skim. Especially some authors who write A LOT of detail about mechanical stuff, like, say, submarines, that I really could care less about and that, truthfully, do not move the story forward at all. Unless I’m planning to build a submarine from the waterline (hee) up, in which case I know exactly which book to read 🙂

  2. I can’t bring myself to skim in books. I would end up lost and confused somewhere, plus I am one of those people that has to have the whole story. I don’t like to miss ANYTHING. Even if I’m not very into the book I can’t bring myself to skim, I just trudge through.

  3. If I’ve gotten to a point where I’m skimming a book then I don’t care to go back to see what I missed. I don’t skim much but sometimes authors spend a little too much time writing about how a room looks or what someone is wearing…So that’s when I skim to find the next line of dialog.

  4. I confess, I am a skimmer. Like Zita, anything mechanical related I go all Zombie and just look at the words, rather than reading them. But occasionally that means I miss something important, then I have to go back and read it again – so I try NOT to skim. Much.