Do You Sneak a Peek?

Before you start reading a book, or even while you’re reading it – do you sneak a peek at the last page or last chapter to see how it ends?

Me – nope, no way, not gonna do it!  My oldest daughter – pretty much always sneaks a peek at the end of a book.  She did it with Allegiant by Veronica Roth when she was just a few chapters into it.  I told her not to, but she did it anyway.  And then she put the book down for the rest of summer (those who have read Allegiant know why).  Recently, she finally picked up the book again to read and hopefully finish.  But she already knows how it ends, or at least how a part of it ends.  I told her that there’s so much more to it than just the ending though (not just with Allegiant, but with most books), so hopefully she’ll finish it.  She said she likes looking at the end of a book because she HAS to know how it ends and doesn’t really want to be surprised.

We disagree on that.  I want to be surprised by a book.  Sneaking a peek at the last chapter or page of a book is a spoiler.  I don’t like it when people spoil books for me, so I certainly don’t want to spoil it for myself!!  Although, I admit, it is hard sometimes – especially if things are looking bleak for favorite characters – to not sneak a peek!!  While I want everything to work out nicely for the characters, I don’t want to jump ahead in the story to make sure.  I just feel like it’ll ruin the story for me.  I don’t even like checking the back of the book for extras or to see how many pages are left because I don’t want to chance seeing a spoiler!


There’s so much more to a story than just how it ends.  If I read the ending first, then I might not read the rest of it – what’s the point?  Then I’d miss all the events and details that lead to the ending!  Think of all the great things we’d miss out on!!  Sure, we’d be able to skip all the conflict, tragedy, and anguish some books have (Allegiant), but that’s what helps make a story great and endears the characters to us.  So, while I’d love to know what happens at the end of book as soon as possible, I want to know HOW it got to that ending and WHY so much more!!!


So, what about you – do you like being surprised by the ending or do you sneak a peek?




  1. says

    Great question! Right now I’m reading the Outlander series and I literally visit goodreads with blinders on to update my status. I hate spoilers. If it’s a series and I’ve read the first blurb…I won’t read the blurb until it’s time to start that particular book. That’s why I never finished the Divergent Series. Spoilers ruined it. Not that I was crazy about the first book. But yes, I don’t sneak a peek. Ever. *wink*

    • Tricia says

      Exactly! That’s the way I am too! It’s hard to avoid spoilers when the book or series is really hyped up. Or when the book or series has been out a long time. I do my best to avoid spoilers & resist sneaking a peek!! Hope you get through the rest of the series spoiler-free!!! :-)

    • Tricia says

      My daughter does the same thing as your bf. I just can’t do that, LOL!! Drives me crazy!! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

  2. says

    I absolutely hate being spoiled when it comes to books. The twists and turns of the plot are what make the story so wonderful, and it doesn’t have that same mind-blowing feeling if you know some of the twists beforehand. Perhaps if I’m not really into the book and am contemplating not finishing it, I’ll probably peek at the last page, but that’s probably the only time. Thanks for sharing Tricia, and excellent discussion question! <3
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  3. Tricia says

    I’m the same way, plus I like trying to figure out the book as I go sometimes. I don’t want to sneak a peek or see a spoiler beforehand, I just feel like it ruins the reading experience. It’s rare for me to not finish a book, so I don’t remember the last one I DNF & don’t remember if I peeked at the ending, but that would probably be the only case! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Happy reading!

    • Tricia says

      I know, I just don’t get it either! My daughter says she doesn’t want to be surprised & wants to know if it’s a happy ending or not. I guess to prepare herself ahead of time. I don’t get it, LOL!! Thanks for commenting!! :-)

    • Tricia says

      Ooh, I’m not sure how I’d feel if a book I was reading was missing the last page, LOL!! All that built up to not know how it ends, yet then I guess you make up your own ending. Very interesting. I’m with you, I don’t like to be spoiled either! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  4. says

    I never sneak a peek at the end… But if I feel a character is in major peril, I may jump a few chapters ahead, skim to see if they are speaking again and then head back to where I was :-) I have had end reading friends but I can’t stand it! It is like knowing what you get for Christmas or finding out the sex of your baby before they are born! For me anyway. :-)
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    • Tricia says

      Oh yes, when a character is in major peril, I get tempted to jump ahead a few chapters to make sure everything is ok, but I don’t. I talk myself out of it mostly because I want to read in order. While I like surprises at Christmas, I’m different with the baby stuff! With both pregnancies, I HAD to know what I was having before my daughters were born!! It’s the organizer/planner in me, I wanted to make sure that I had all the right things, LOL. Thanks for visiting!! :-)

  5. says

    I’m exactly like you Tricia, I had to learn the hard way to not read anyything ahead in my books in case I accidently post a spoiler! i’m even super picky about whose reviews for books i’ll read. I have my trusted group of bloggers who I just KNOW won’t spoil something for me in a book so I always go to them for reviews!
    Actually, todaY I was on instagram and someone had posted a page of Silver Shadows on instagram and claimed that they loved this certain part but I hadn’t read Silver Shadows yet..needless to say I was incredibly angry! I couldn’t believe my poor luck since there was a major unbelievable spoiler *sigh*
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    • Tricia says

      What?! I wouldn’t blame you, I’d be angry too!! That’s one of the reasons I have trouble writing reviews sometimes because I don’t want to be spoilery! Sometimes, if it’s a book I REALLY want to read, I won’t read reviews just in case they’re are spoilers. Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

    • Tricia says

      So you’re a peeker? LOL! My daughter is the same way!! I just can’t do it, even though I’m tempted sometimes. I want to be surprised! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    • Tricia says

      Yes! I agree more people should tag spoilers!! I know that some people just get so excited or so frustrated with what they read & it’s their way of venting — but don’t ruin it for others!! Thanks for stopping by!!

      Oh, I don’t think the blog is on Bloglovin. I use that too, & it is a great way to keep up with blogs!! :-)


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