I was a book cheat--by that I mean I was the kind of person who paged through and read the last few chapters of a book, leaving no surprises for myself. My book cheating habit got so bad, I would even read the last few pages of a book (in any genre) when I am in a store and if I don't like what I read I wouldn't buy the book.
The book cheating when on for years until my senior years of high school. The book that turned me around was The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I borrowed it from the school library towards the end of the school year and I didn't have much time with it. With the time constraints, I just read through the book without book cheating. I finished the book in three days (less time it usually took me to read a 300 page book) just reading through it without cheating. Afterward, I realized how more exciting the book was when I didn't know what to expect, when I was not privy to plot twists, and when I was uncertain as to how it will end.
I loved the feeling of uncertainty and surprise when I read SLoB and I resolved to feel that way again the next time I read another book. I was more involved when I don't know what to expect--thinking up possible scenarios in my head of what will happen next or guessing as to who the mystery killer was and being proved right or wrong... It's been five years and I've gotten a lot better since then. I still page through the book before reading it sometimes but I avoid the few chapters at the end of the book so that no surprises are ruined--a big turn-around.
But you know it's so easy to book cheat because all the book's secrets are there in the pages. Reading is often a solitary experience with no one to tell you to stop if you're tempted to fast forward to see the end... Did you ever book cheat? How did you feel afterward? Was the book ruined for you after you gave into temptation and peeked at how the book will end?