How To Avoid Spoilers

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There is this famous quote by Frank Zappa that says “So many books, so little time.” This quote basically sums up how every bibliophile feels about their to be read pile. Essentially we all have an infinite tbr pile because there is always going to be so many books that we want to read, whether they are classics, ya series, upcoming releases, books that are 800 pages long etc…. This being said there is always going to be a possibility of being spoiled for a a book that you really want to read. I personally have been the victim of this heinous crime. When I was younger I was reading The Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (this was a time in my life where I was a slow reader. Anyway, this jerk ( a friend of my mother’s daughter who was at the time sixteen) told me a HUGE spoiler after I was excitedly talking about my current read. Needless to say that I was very upset and never spoke to her again. This served as an important lesson to me and I have successfully never been spoiled again. So today I will be sharing some tips about how to avoid spoilers.

Number 1. Don’t talk about what books you are either currently reading or books that you want to read.

Most people do I say this nicely? Idiots.

They automatically assume that just because you are talking about a book that you have either 1. Read the entire book or 2. Feel like it’s necessary to tell you their favorite part which is usually a spoiler. So don’t discuss what your are currently reading with people who aren’t familiar with the unwritten rules of booknerds.

Rule 1: Thou Shall not Spoil Books


99.99% of us frequently use tumblr. So when you log on to your account and see either a bookstagram picture, fan art, or post about a book you haven’t read the scroll past it. It’s kinda like monopoly, except instead of not passing go or collecting $200, you need to not read the post, or comments underneath pictures. Yesterday, I was scrolling through tumblr and got spoiled for Harry Potter!

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(Which wasn’t all that bad since I have no interest in reading the series ). But like, what if someone who wanted to read Harry Potter saw that?

Number 3. Don’t read Goodreads updates or reviews of a book that you want to read.

Yeah, I get that you want to support bloggers by reading and commenting on reviews but just don’t do that for books that you want to read. I have learned that most bloggers either talk about every little thing that happened in the book in their review, or inadvertently spoil something. To me, reading is a very personal experience and I want to read a book and formulate my own opinions. If you read a negative review about a book before reading it, you are going to go into reading the story already with a negative mindset and it will affect your enjoyment of the book.This also applies to goodreads updates when a blogger or reader is updating their reading progress with spoilers or saying “omg I hate this”.


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Most of the more popular booktubers usually summarize the book that they are currently talking about in the first two minutes of the video and then the rest of the video, for however long that may be, they go in-depth into what they like what they didn’t like and basically dissect the story in their book talks. They do warn you beforehand not to watch past a certain point in the video but are you seriously going to be watching only two minutes of a 15-minute video of your favorite booktuber? I don’t think so!

Number 5: Don’t watch the movie before you read the book!

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I don’t think that I need to explain the reasons why it would be a bad idea to watch a movie adaptation of a book that you want to read before you actually read the book. Most of the time looks cut out a lot of what makes a story special and add elements to the story to make it more “interesting” and it just ruins your reading experience.

So these are just a few of the tips that have helped me successfully avoid spoilers. Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Have you ever had a book spoiled for you? Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts on “How To Avoid Spoilers

  1. I’ve been spoiled countless of times! I think I’ve already mastered your number 1 rule, I avoid telling my friends and classmates of my current read because we have a bad habit of spoiling each other lol. But I’m definitely guilty for the rest of the list, sometimes I just can’t stop myself from reading reviews from Goodreads and watching BookTube even though I know that I’ll regret it later haha.


  2. Another one is don’t go to the comment section on a blog review. I was spoiled for Ruin and Rising on the day it published. I went to comment on a non-spoilery review, and there was one comment and it was the BIG spoiler for the story. The blogger deleted it after I told her, so no one else was spoiled, but I was furious. Because of that I now put comment moderation on all of my review posts. I do not want that happening on my blog. Great post. 🙂


  3. I’ve actually never had a book spoiled for me by the Internet; however, there was this one girl who spoiled Allegiant for me which was absolutely HORRIBLE! I mean, there are some ships I know of and characters I know kind of about (i.e. The Raven Boys and Throne of Glass) but I don’t know too much so I don’t mind those “spoilers.”

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  4. “Anyway, this jerk ( a friend of my mother’s daughter who was at the time sixteen) told me a HUGE spoiler after I was excitedly talking about my current read.”

    Anyone see what I am seeing?

    “a friend of my mother’s daughter…”

    …what? I am sorry, the wording of this sentence is odd. Are you saying your sister’s friend? If not, then I apologize. But regardless, great blog post. I’ve definitely had book spoilers. I remember watching a spoiler-free review (where it clearly states “spoiler-free”) yet some vacuous person decided to comment something with a major spoiler. Guess I deserved it, but really?


    • Sorry for any confusion that my sentence structure might have caused. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned that English is not my first language. Having been born and raised in a spanish speaking country I sometimes structurize my sentences in reverse. I was actually referring to a friend of the family’s daughter, not my sister’s friend. 🙂


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