Most people I know love reading book previews and sneak peeks. You know, those few pages at the back of most books, especially paperback editions, featuring a sneak peek of the author’s next book that isn’t released on shelves yet? Chapter sampler booklets also count in these cases since most chapter samplers offer a preview of the first chapter of an author’s book that would be released on shelves later on in the year.
I used to be one of those people who absolutely loved reading book previews. I literally have this huge goofy grin on my face when I flipped the last few pages of a book I just read and enjoyed and seeing that a preview of the author’s next book is available.
However, lately, things has changed. I don’t like reading book previews at all right now.
This all started when I read a chapter preview for Katie McGarry’s Dare You To, back when Dare You To wasn’t released and on shelves yet. The chapter preview I read got me really excited for the book. I noted down Dare You To‘s release date, speculated on what would happen next in the book, squealed about the wait with others, and I just wanted Dare You To in my hands now.
Flash forward about three months later and Dare You To was finally released on shelves. As expected, I bought the book asap and sat down to read it the very next day.
Here lies the problem: When I flipped to page one, I just couldn’t get into the book. I still had a perfect memory of everything that had happened in the first chapter, so it was like restudying or reviewing things you studied before, knowing every single thing that would happen next. In other words, rereading that first chapter was boring and tedious.
So I flipped past the first chapter, the chapter I had read already, and started reading the second chapter, a chapter I had never read before. For some reason, I still couldn’t get into the book. The excitement I got from reading the first chapter of Dare You To about three months ago was gone. It took me a very long time to be invested in the book again.
I can’t say that this preview problem is probably because of Dare You To, that maybe the second chapter and the third chapter and the chapter after that was just boring in that book. This preview problem also happens when I try reading previews for a couple of other books too.
This preview problem is why I avoid reading the first chapter previews of Isla and the Happily Ever After, a book I was and still am very excited to get my hands on after a three year wait, and why I avoid reading the first chapter of The Young Elites by Marie Lu, even though it and chapter samplers would be offered.
Do you guys also have this problem too or is it just me? Do you read chapter previews all the time or do you usually avoid it like I do? Do you have any possible solutions for this problem? I want to know!