Don’t you check the end of the book to make sure she lives? To find out how the romance turns out? To see if you’re signing up for a cliffhanger ending?
I think I’m in the minority here, but I read all through the book, in a very non-linear fashion. I inspect the ending, check for a glossary, read about the author, search for maps and other images, and so forth. I’m also forever flipping the cover over to review the art as the story progresses.
What about you? Are you a cover-to-cover linear reader, or are you a dump-out-all-the-contents-to-see-what-you-got reader?