Long Vs. Short Books
Hello wonderful people, I have a question for you today: how do you feel about long books versus short books? Does the length of the book matter in your decision to read it or accept it for review (if you accept review requests)? There is a certain amount of pressure to get lots of books read so that we can keep up content for our blogs, so does the idea of spending twice the time reading one book give you the shakes?
I’ve found that I’ve become a bit more stressed about keeping a steady stream of content in the form of reviews for this blog, and the pressure doesn’t get much better even as my reading speed has increased. Now that I can always put up two reviews a week, I just want to keep pushing myself. This has caused me to look at some of the books I want to read soon (I’m looking at you Way of Kings) and worried about how long it would take me to read it. Instead, it seems like a better choice to read a shorter book, and I tell myself that I will just get ahead on my review schedule and then read the long book. The problem is that it never happens!
Beyond just a pressure for content, I also want to read everything NOW! It’s so hard to accept that I can only realistically read one book at a time, so deciding which one feels like I’m choosing a favorite kitten (they are all adorable, gah!). But if I read the short books first, then I’ll be able to get to more of them sooner, right?
It’s also just no fun when you find yourself with a review book that was a lot longer than you thought (Veil was like this). Usually I do honestly want to finish the book, since it did look interesting and is fairly entertaining, but it can take me weeks to get through a long review book if it’s only half holding my interest :(. Yes, perhaps I should have just stopped, but I’m a bit completion-obsessed >.>.
So I’m wondering if you have a cut off for how long of a book you are willing to take a chance on. Obviously if a book is super exciting, I’ll ignore the page count because it probably doesn’t matter. However does length ever factor into your decision of what to read next? Or whether to accept a book in the first place? What is your cutoff for what is a “long” book vs. a “short” book?
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