As I was finishing my latest read a few hours ago, I got to the point where things were starting to be revealed. And, as happens quite often for me, I contemplated shutting the book and leaving it. There are many times toward the end of a gripping novel that I have to close the book at each chapter end and take a short break. I just get so anxious that things aren't going to turn out the way I want them to. Especially if a tragic end seems inevitable, I'll admit that I have considered, just for a moment, walking away from the story and leaving things unrevealed. I've never actually stopped at that point but what I want to know is if I'm alone in deliberating if I really want to know how the author ends the story.
Have you ever considered quitting a book right before the end? Should I become an end-first reader so that I can get rid of the anxiety? Has there ever been an ending to a book that you wish you could unread?
Taking my stories seriously,