Hello!!! I hope you’re all enjoying your second week of October so far! Is fall in the air where you are? We’re still in the high 80s and low 90s during the day, but our mornings are brisk enough to fool us into thinking that fall has arrived. This is the time of year when I get a bit jealous of your turning leaves and cooler temperatures, but I guess I shouldn’t complain about lovely days in the 80s.
Today’s post is brought to you by the words PLOT TWIST.
It’s not a secret that I want to know as little about the plot of a book before diving into it. Many of you agree with me, some of you think I’m insane!
It goes further than this, though. While I’m reading a book, I also try to read with a totally blank mind–I don’t try to guess at the ending, especially if it feels like one of those books that might have some twisty type things pop up. Even when watching TV, Scott will frequently tell me halfway through an episode “I’ve got it all figured out, want to know what will happen?” NO!! I don’t analyze while I’m watching or reading.
I love to be surprised! I love to not know what’s coming! It is incredibly annoying to me if I do happen to solve a mystery before getting to the last page, but there have been many times when I’ve had to cover the words further down the page so that my eyes don’t wander prematurely.
This post was prompted by a comment I received after reading The Girl on the Train – whether I found it the book incredibly predictable. I don’t know–maybe I would have had I tried to predict what was going to happen while reading, but instead I tried to get as lost in the story as I could to see where it would take me.
Do you try to figure out a book as you’re reading it or do you read with as blank a slate as possible?
The second (related) part of today’s post about PLOT TWIST is whether it is spoilerish to mention that a book has plot twists.
Yesterday I was reading an issue of Entertainment Weekly and one of the book reviews mentioned that the book had several plot twists. While the book wasn’t necessarily on my radar (though it’s been getting a lot of buzz as of late), I was annoyed at the mention of there being a plot twist.
To me, knowing that a book has a plot twist is a huge spoiler! Once I know that there is a twist, it is so difficult for me to scrub my mind blank and just read the book for the story. Instead I’m constantly analyzing the characters and events looking for where things might go awry. This has come to annoy me so much that I’ve refused to read several buzzy books from the past couple of years that everyone is talking about…because some of the fun of the reading experience has been taken away from me just by a simple mention of twists in reviews.
It’s so hard not to talk about a book that is twisty and once upon a time I might have mentioned this as well! Of course we want to talk about the most exciting or unpredictable parts of a book!
What about you? Does it bother you to know that there is a twist in a book before picking it up? Do you consider this a spoiler?
New Books in the House: None! Yay me! Actually, I did get a children’s clothing sewing book and Skinny Taste cookbook, but no actual reading books.
New Books on my E-Reader: I picked up Just One Day by Gayle Forman on daily deal before I remembered that If I Stay is the one that I really wanted to read. I’ve heard good things about both, so no big deal.
Books on the Nightstand: I’ve finally started Salem’s Lot by Stephen King for the #SalemAlong. I’m way behind and am starting to feel a bit guilty about it, but I wanted to make sure I got in a #Diversiverse read. On the other hand, it’s totally not too late to join us for the readalong!! You can totally hang out with me in the slow poke’s ring. ;) I’m also listening to Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.
What do you have going on this Sunday? Any great reading on your agenda??