Are you a sneaky reader?
Of course I'm doing really doing this on purpose. The scenario runs more along the lines of the book accidentally slipped from my hand and landed with the pages opened to the last page and ... all right, all right that ain't the full truth. Fact is, the books needs to fall out of my grasp repeatedly until it finally falls open at the right part of the book. It's sad, I know. One should think I had perfected the process by now.
Boredom vs Suspense
Actually there are two reasons why one would want to spoil the reading fun by reading the end first. For one the book could be amazingly boring and you simply want to find out how it ends before throwing it into a corner. And then there's the situation when suspense is literally killing you and you just can't go on reading the next chapter without knowing whether things will really end the way you hope they will.
Personally, when I'm bored by the book I don't really care about how it'll end. If it's a gripping plot on the other hand I've been known to battle my inner reading demons, but more often than not they win and I will eventually give in and risk a glance. Want an example? Mockingjay was one of those books where I just had to know which guy Katniss would go for. There, I said it.
Is there a cure for sneaky readers?
Actually there is a real good one, at least it works great for me. In short - read on your Kindle. Granted, you can also switch between pages, but it's a much more deliberate thing to do than, say, play the oops-the-book-fell-to-the-floor-with-the-last-pages-open-for-everyone-to-see game. So far this worked like a charm for me. I caught myself several times contemplating to get sneaky and head to the final pages, but up until now I've been a good reader and managed to resist.
What it all boils down to is that sneaking a peek is a bad habit. As far as those go, satisfying your curiosity is probably not the worst thing you could engage in. Of course I wish I had the willpower to always resist the temptation, but I am at least getting better, scolding myself when I think about a lil', errr, preview and it's honestly been a while since I turned to that last page. So, I'm getting there. Curious little me and her sneaky reading habit.
You might not be perfect, but you'll be in the know.
Are you just as sneaky as I am sometimes? Or would you never risk a tiny look at the last pages of a book? If you do what are your reasons - curiosity or boredom?