Mostly when I'm reading a novel I dont jump about too much. I'll often find myself reading a page or a paragraph completely out of order but I couldn't do it with the whole book.
With non-fiction stuff however, it's completely different. When I'm reading internet blogs, magazine articles or textbooks I'll skip about like crazy. And when I'm online I almost always have 15 + tabs open at any one time and flick through them every few minutes because my attention span can be ridiculously short.
"" I'm generally still a front-to-back reader for fiction. When I was younger I would sometimes do a check later in the book, to make sure the characters I liked were still alive (just so I wouldn't get too emotionally invested in a doomed character). ""
I do this ALL the time. Especially if I'm reading something like a battle scene, I have to know who dies and who lives before I read it through. I dont feel it "spoils" the story or anything, I just like to emotionally prepare myself if that makes sense?
Like, just before I read the last Harry Potter book, I wrote out a list of all the characters I thought would either die or live and then went on Wikipedia to find out the actual list and compared it to my own. I got alot right actually, but that's beside the point. I deliberately didn't probe into how they died or any other aspects of the plot before reading it, but I just had to know if they'd survive the end.