This week’s Musing Mondays question:
“When reading do you read every word? Do you ever skip chapters or skim over parts?”
I generally try not to skip over sections while reading fiction, because if I do I usually end up having to come back and read them again to see what I missed! That said, I often do have to come back to sections because I’ll zone out while reading and suddenly find myself in the middle of a page I can’t remember turning to. Oops.
Since I do end up reading everything, I will tell other people who are reading the same book what they can and can’t skip over and still understand the book, because sometimes there are just parts of a story that don’t matter to the plot, like the typewritten novel in Misery (which is also just difficult to read after some of the letters start going) or the comics in The Tenth Circle. They’re nice, but not necessary.
And, of course, in non-fiction books I don’t feel bad skipping over sections I don’t care about or already understand.