Let’s Talk Bookish: Big Books vs. Short Books

Hello, and happy Monday! I haven’t been able to post for a few weeks, but I’m going to try to be more active here for the rest of the summer. And, although I didn’t get this out on Friday, here is my LTB post for last week, which is all about long vs. short books. So, let’s get into this post!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer? (suggested by Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly), and that’s what I’m going to be writing about today.


Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books? Does it depend on the genre?

For me, it definitely depends on the book itself, and the pacing. I think that fast paced books are good and fun to read, but not if they get too long. If you have a 700 page novel that is really fast paced, I don’t think it works as well. This is because there is just constantly too much happening, and it’s difficult for the reader to catch up.

I really like reading long books that only have multiple storylines, or have multiple narrators. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of the same perspective and point of view get boring, and it’s much more fun to have different storylines that all weave together in one long book.

What are the pros and cons of long books?

Long books give you more time to become invested in storylines, and long books give you more time to get attached to the characters, to feel like you really know them. Long books also allow for more detail in plot, and for more extended plots.

However, longer books also can become boring, or more drawn out. It’s easier for the reader to become uninterested of a book, and not want to keep reading it. It depends on how engaging the author is able to make the story, and how long the reader is willing to commit to a single book.

What about shorter books?

I think the biggest downside to shorter books is that often just don’t have enough time with the characters. Sometimes, you’ll come to the end of a story, and you won’t feel that it’s complete, or that you were able to fully invest in the book because of its length.

However, short books can be amazing if you want a quicker read, or don’t have the patience to go through a really long book.

What long books do you love?

What are some of your favorite short books?


Wrapping this up…

Sometimes I like reading shorter books, and sometimes I love to sit down with a long one. There are pros and cons to both, and it depends on what the reader is looking for, and how the author wrote the story!

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Do you prefer longer books or shorter books? What are the pros and cons for longer and shorter books? What are your favorite long books? What short books do you like? Chat with me in the comments below!

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