Let’s Talk Bookish – Short or Long Book

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books?

When I see a long book, my heart sinks and I wonder how I will ever get the time to read it. My ideal length of book is around 300 pages. I feel confident in getting that read, yet at the same time it won’t skimp on the details. A shorter book needs to be well balanced so that you don’t feel short changed and that you get closure at the end!

Does it depend on the genre? Why is that?

If I am reading a romance I prefer it to be short. There is only so much you can do and if there is too much will they/won’t they my attention will be lost.

A thriller needs to be longer in my opinion because all the little details that are dropped in to make you wonder what is going on need to be tied up and that takes longer to do.

What are the pros and cons of long books?

The main pro for me of a long book is that you can get really involved in the characters and their lives, A Court of Thorns and Roses series comes to mind here! This only works though if the writing is gripping and interesting enough to make you want to get involved!

The main cons are that it is daunting to make a start on and if it is too large, then it can be heavy to hold for long periods of time and is hard to transport.

What about shorter books?

Basically the opposite of the larger book!

What long books do you love?

Anything that has 400 plus pages is long for me so that makes quite a list. At the top though has to be Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses series (click for my review) and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (click for my review).

What are some of your favorite short books?

So if I am looking at under 300 pages then some of my favourites include Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto (click for my review), Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for my review), Persuasion by Jane Austen and Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds (click for my review).

What about you?

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11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Short or Long Book

  1. frayedbooks

    I agree completely that around 300 pages is the ideal length! I haven’t yet read A Court of Thorns and Roses series because the length puts me off, but I know it’ll be worth it when I finally do pick it up. I just have to start LOL!

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  2. onthebookpage

    I honestly is a mood reader when it comes to long vs short books but as you say if it´s a long one it has to be good writing involved to keep me interesting. I have only read the first ACOTAR book but I never felt it was long. Same if it´s long but have short chapters then I just fly through them 😀

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      If you aren’t in the mood for a big book I agree that can put you off. Oh they get longer in the ACOTAR series. The first and fourth ones are the shorter ones. Yes! Chapter length can make a big difference 😊

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