Do you like em big? Or not so big?
Sorry – this is not a post about male genitalia *crowd boos*. But now that I have your attention, what’s your opinion on the size of books? Do you like big books (and you can not lie)? Or do you prefer reading shorter ones? Has it changed since blogging?
Am I the only one who, before getting on Goodreads (or blogger) didn’t even know just HOW many great books were out there? So weird how much that changed! Before, the size of a book was not something I even considered. I would browse in bookstores and pick my next read at random. Now, as a blogger with piles and piles of review books and ARCs, not to mention a 2193789127 mile long TBR list, I tend to be happier when I start a book that is not too big – under 350-375 pages. When it’s a 500+ page book, that means less books this month/week because they take so long to read. Since being a blogger, I was made me aware of all the awesomeness that exists and my TBR increased dramatically! So, yeah… have you ever skipped a book only because it had 600 pages so that you could get through more of your TBR? I have. At least now if I own it, whether it’s big or small, it’s a book I WANT to read – I’ve learned to only request ARCs I am truly excited for, unlike at the start where I would request everything (I think we’ve all been there!).
Now if there is a book that sounds absolutely amazing and the reviews have been epic – like The Diviners – I will still read it. (I did read The Diviners and it was awesome!) There is nothing worse than reading a 600 page book that you rate no higher than 2 stars. Even 3 is sometimes not worth all the hours put into it. I’m not one who can read 100 pages in 20 minutes – I envy those of you who can! One thing that is, I guess fortunate (for me), is that I’m not a fan of epic fantasy at all, and I’m very selective when it comes to historicals as it’s not my favorite genre either. I’ve noticed those genres have, the most often, very large books.
What to like about big books: Character development, world building, and the plot itself are usually very fleshed out. But it doesn’t mean your average-sized book won’t be as epically memorable (look at THG for instance). On that note, do you find that epic fantasies and historicals are the ones who need more pages to fully satisfy, compared to, say, the contemporary and paranormal genres? All you epic fantasy readers would have more say on this. Do you often find small books in those genres are just as good?
In the end, I’m not against large books, but I will generally need to have seen a few reviews and recommendations that has made me pretty sure that I will really enjoy it – In other words: It better be worth my time!
Does it weigh in on your decision to read a book?
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