read (something) cover to cover

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read (something) cover to cover

To read something in its entirety, from beginning to end. Most commonly refers to reading materials that literally have a front cover and back cover, such as books or magazines. That book was so good that I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Every month I wait for the magazine to come in the mail and then I spend a Saturday afternoon reading it from cover to cover.
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But the author's obvious passion for his subject, and his skilful execution - drawing summaries from the academic discipline to complement with clear and concise explanations and comments - keeps the narrative flowing so that although the book might well be used as a reference volume, it also reads cover to cover as a fascinating account of Africa's history.
This is generally not the sort of art historical book that one reads cover to cover.
But the author's obvious passion for his subject, and his skilful execution -- drawing summaries from the academic discipline to complement with clear and concise explanations and comments -- keeps the narrative flowing so that although the book might well be used as a reference volume, it also reads cover to cover as a fascinating account of Africa' s history.