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Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Features | 10 comments

My Reading Confessions

I confess that I….Have skipped to the end of the book to make sure it has a HEA
When things get intense and a relationship appears to be on the rocks, I need some assurance that things will be ok in the end. So sometimes I skip ahead and make sure I get my happily ever after.ย  Yes it’s cheating but I’m alright with thatย  ๐Ÿ™‚
I confess that I….Have had my entire day(s) ruined because of how a book ended
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was reading Double Cross by Carolyn Crane and loving how thing were unfolding when BAM! she threw a curve ball for an ending and I was wrecked for days.ย  This has happened a few times and I’ve never regretted reading these books but I have wished they came with a warning, some tissue and lots of chocolate.
I confess that I….Hug my books
Ok, maybe not every book but yea, I hug my books. Especially the ones with mantastic covers.
I confess that I….Often don’t care for a book’s heroine
In several of the PNR/UF books I’ve read, the heroines either feel they need to prove something all the time or they’re little more than a door mat.ย  Finding that right balance of tough, smart, stubborn, strong (not necessarily physically), and feminine isn’t always easy but when it’s done right (e.x. Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels, Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco and Jeaniene Frost’s Cat Crawford) it’s awesome.ย  Unfortunately, it’s not always done right.
What about you? ย What are some of your reading confessions?

About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on:ย Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. I read the end, too. I learned from Harry Potter that sometimes its not at the very end and I go a chapter before the end. My husband doesn’t understand why I do this. I tell him, “I want to know the ending so I can appreciate the journey.”

  2. Tina – I get so worked up sometimes that I need to peek at the ending so I can calm down enough to continue reading ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. 1. Sacrilege! I will need to re-evaluate our entire relationship ๐Ÿ˜‰ I mostly read romance, so I don’t need to worry about getting a HEA. It’s guaranteed! But I completely understand, a bad/sad book can leave me upset for days.
    Hmm, I have that Carolyn Cross series on my wishlist…now you are making me nervous.
    2. I’ve been slowly re-reading the Harry Potter series and I definitely hugged the last few when I finished them. Good times.
    3. I don’t like UF heroines that are all bad-ass and no sass. I need a little snark with my dark and gritty books.
    4. Mantastic… teehee I learned a new word today ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Krista – You’re right. There are some romance books that you just know you’ll get your HEA and those don’t worry me. It’s the ones that are darker and border the line of UF that have me biting my nails.

    Give Carolyn Crane a try. In a way what happens at the end of book 2 shows what a great writer she is. She had me so into her characters that it brought out those emotions in me.

    Stephanie G

  5. I understand! I used to read the last few pages of a book first – every time! I’ve gotten better though. Now I just read the last few sentences first. I can’t help it!

  6. Fun meme!

    I have skipped to see if it has an HEA if it is so emotionally draining I had to know if there was a payoff. I also agree with you on your pick for heroines that are so good! Love those characters!

  7. Diana – I’ve also cut back on the peeking but it’s hard to stop right?

    Melissa – All 3 of those ladies are awesome and have helped me not give up on heroine driven books.

    Stephanie G

  8. Now don’t laugh, but I love the smell of new books. Just flipping through the pages. I would not suggest doing this with library books, you might catch the flu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Rain Maiden – I love the smell too! Maybe I’ll add that one to my next confessions posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Stephanie G

  10. I used to hug the new fresh books at the library (before they went on the shelves). Yes, there’s something about the smell and the first time you open a new one that exudes a beautiful magic.

    Glad I’m not the only one who smells them! ๐Ÿ™‚