Hi everyone! It’s Thursday which has come to mean that it’s time for me to post my weekly discussion.
I recently noticed quite a few other bloggers mentioning that there are books they’ve wanted to read for a long time but haven’t read yet because they’re so long and the blogger is intimidated by the length. But I’ve also seen a few people mention that they love to read really long books because it immerses them into the story for a longer period of time and they get more time with their favorite characters. This got me wondering which of these views is more popular.
I’ll admit I’m quite intimidated by books that are really long. If it’s a book I really want to read, the length usually doesn’t deter me but I’m unlikely to pick up a book on a whim if it’s 500+ pages. There are times though that I’ve ignored books that I’m interested in because the length just seems like too much (A Game of Thrones, anyone?). There are two main reasons why I don’t pick up books that are really long: 1. my attention span is terrible and it’d take me an absurd amount of time to finish a really long book and 2. long books often have very long (and very slow) beginnings which make it hard for me to get myself interested in the book.
With that said, I also don’t want the books I read to be too short (although I’d rather read a very short book than a very long one). I like reading a shorter book (around 200 pages or less) every once in awhile, but it often leaves me a bit disappointed because I want more time with the story and characters. Sometimes books of such a short length can feel rushed as well as the author is trying to fit a full story into 150 pages. Somewhere between 300-400 pages is pretty ideal for most books in my opinion. Obviously different stories require different lengths though.
My preferred book length can also change depending on what I’ve recently read and what else is going on in my life. For example, if I’ve just finished a really long book or if the last book I read took me a long time to read, I’ll likely try to go for a short and quick read as it kind of breaks up my reading and stops me from feeling like I’ve been reading the same one or two books for the past three weeks. Likewise, if I have a lot going on with school, I may opt for a shorter book since I likely wouldn’t have much time to read and a 300 page book could end up taking forever to read.
Despite everything that I’ve just said, I think the most important thing is that the author uses the length required for their story. If their story requires 600 pages, they should write 600 pages. If their story only requires 100, they should write 100 pages. If the writing, and especially pacing, is done well then readers probably won’t even notice the length.
These are a few reasons I have on why I don’t like books that are really long or really short, but what about you? Do you have a preferred book length? Does length not matter to you?