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    Hmmm... no... but I used to always take the first sentence of a book and the last sentence of a book and try to imagine a story of just those two sentences.

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    Also, I've read essays and stuff backward by the word (like last word, then next to last word, etc) looking for typos because it is the only way to shut off my built in mental auto correct.

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    I have to admit I've never done it before, but it sounds like an interesting idea. I'd only try it once or twice and not if I really want to read a book thoroughly.
    What about spoilers you may encounter? Also, I guess putting the pieces together is a bit challenging, but does it always give the best results?
    I'd love to read a philosophy book backwards. Just for the fun of it!

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    Not backwards, but for any book, I do just pick them up in the middle and start reading. I will read a few pages, put them down, then read a few pages from another book. I especially dot his with nonfiction.

    I only skip around in fiction books I have already read or if the fiction book really sucks and I just want to see how it ends-then I read a few pages from each chapter.

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    Am I the only person who does this besides the OP!?

    I just.. want to get to the point..

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    Why on earth would you want to read a book backwards? Of course, I like to know the "why" of everything, so it's unthinkable to me to skip past that... But seriously, though. Why would you want to read a book backwards?

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    I skip around if the book is academic or non-fiction, but I wouldn't read a novel from last page to first linearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    Am I the only person who does this besides the OP!?

    I just.. want to get to the point..
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firelie View Post
    Why on earth would you want to read a book backwards? Of course, I like to know the "why" of everything, so it's unthinkable to me to skip past that... But seriously, though. Why would you want to read a book backwards?
    To challenge your attention skills and your ability to reconstruct the plot, I suppose. It may be similar to solving a puzzle. (Of course, linear reading can also get you into making predictions, but it's a slightly different situation.)
    For those who actually read books backwards: correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Wait. I mean, I often read the beginning, then the end, then skip around a lot in the middle. I guess I like to start at the ends of problems and let the middle emerge.

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