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5 Ways To Ruin A Good Book

November 5, 2017

I accidentally ordered an ebook on my Amazon Kindle. I had meant to download a sample but instead hit the purchase button. At first, I was ticked off, but then I remembered that I could get a refund, so everything worked out just fine. Even though I might end up buying the book, I’d like to know if I’d enjoy it first.

That’s one way to ruin a good book, to unknowingly spend money on it and then getting mad later.

Dysfunctional Literacy

(image via wikimedia) (image via wikimedia)

Finding a good book to read can be difficult, but ruining a good book for somebody else is easy.  It’s so easy that excited readers usually don’t realize they’re destroying somebody else’s pleasant experience.  There are probably dozens of ways to ruin a good book for somebody else, but here are (the top?) five:

  1. Spoiling the Ending

When I was reading The Iliad in junior high (by choice… 30+ years ago), some wiseacre tried spoiling it by telling me the Greeks won the war.  I smugly replied that I already knew that.  Then the spoiling wisacre revealed to me that The Iliad doesn’t go all the way to the end of the war.  I couldn’t believe it!  I cheated and read the final chapter where Achilles returns Hector’s body to Peleus, and I was shattered.  I was really looking forward to reading about the Trojan Horse.


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