Booking Through Thursday

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

I didn’t know at first what an inside flap is. Apparently, it’s the inside of a dustjacket which either has a synopsis of the book or the author’s biography. No wonder I didn’t know what it was; the vast majority of the books I read are paperbacks. Also, in my native Finland dustjackets are really rare; usually the covers and the text in the back are printed directly into the hard cover.

In answer to the question: neither. I had a rant a while back about how erroneous or spoilery back covers tend to be. I might read the synopsis after I’ve read the book but most of the time I don’t bother. However, I’m curious enough about the writers so I usually read the biography if it’s available.