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text 2016-10-03 07:01
Whetting Your Appetite or Pure Torture?: Excerpts | My Musings

**Yes/No: Do you read Pre-release Excerpts?**

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole @Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @It Starts At Midnight. “So often book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants).”


I never really participated in the online book community until I became a blogger earlier this year. Before that, my only exposure to pre-release excerpts was an occasional one at the back of a book/ebook. I never bothered to read those.

 

Back in January, I came across one for a book I was eagerly awaiting on someone's blog. I made the terrible mistake of reading it. Thankfully the book was due out in March or I may not have survived the experience. It definitely did it's job in increasing my anticipation, but I will never do that again.

 

You may be asking yourself, "What's her problem?" That's a good question. If you read my recent post, "Love It or DNF It", then you know I confessed to being a bookaholic who has trouble reading just one chapter. Work or church are pretty much the only things that ever succeed in getting me to put down a book I've started but not yet finished. Reading a pre-release excerpt is pure torture for me, since I can't possibly keep reading.

 

So my answer is:

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text 2016-08-11 07:05
Oh the Horrors... or Not: Spoilers | My Musings

**Yes/No: Do you seek or read spoilers?**

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole @Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @It Starts At Midnight. “So often book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants).”


Yes or No: Wherein I ask a simple question and invite you to answer.

 

Note: This is not a discussion about people who fail to label their spoilers.

 

As I said in my recent post "Love It or DNF It," when I was younger I had a friend who always read the end of a book first. At the time, I though that was terrible. I personally always made sure that none of my friends or family spoiled any books, TV shows, or movies for me (we didn't have the internet).

 

But as I have gotten older, that has changed. The first memory I have of the change is when I was binge watching a TV show via Netflix (on the old DVD plan). A certain character met a new man who made her very happy. Because this was a show where lots of bad things happened, I called my brother and made him tell me if the new guy was going to die or not. I had to work to convince him that I really wanted to know. (It turned out that I was right and the man was murdered.)

 

Thinking back on my reasons for calling my brother, they came down to not wanting to invest emotionally in a doomed relationship. After I knew what was going to happen, I was able to relax and enjoy the episodes with them together, since I wasn't anxious about the outcome.

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