Monday Musings

This week the Monday Musings question is the following: What do you do with the book before you start reading it?

For a fiction book, I usually just read the synopsis on the cover.  I may also have read a bit of the first chapter when deciding whether to get the book from the library or not.  With a non-fiction book I’m more likely to look at the chapter titles and get a feel for the book before digging in.  And lately with the more history-focused non-fiction I’ve been reading, I may also find a timeline and/or a map to orient myself in the story.

Feel free to answer the Monday Musing question yourself, either here or on the blog of the memes host, Should Be Reading.  What do you do before you start a new book?

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