We're not talking body parts here... we're talking page numbers.
Last year the length of a book really put me off reading it. Not because I didn't think I'd enjoy it. But simply because I felt like I needed to read quickly in order to have a review to post.
This year I've done really well just reading whatever I've been in the mood for since I scaled back my acceptance of books for review. So far this year, I've read 9 books that have been 500+ pages in length. And you know, I've really enjoyed them. I love epic fantasies and most of those books fit in that category. (Trudi Canavan featured very highly in my January/ February reading).
Towards the end of term I reverted to reading 250 - 300 page books because I was exhausted and reading was at a minimum. Well it's the summer now and I am all about the chunky book. If it's 400/500/600 pages. I'm planning on reading it this summer. See the photo for my chunky book picks.
I remember the time before I was a blogger. I wanted books to be as long as possible. I never wanted the story to end. Now I feel differently, I want the story to be the length it needs to be to make it a great story. I don't want it fluffed to make it longer. I don't want it to be stripped bare to make it shorter. I wanted it to be what it needs to be.
As a Librarian for children, I often think books are too long for the 8-12 age group. The Harry Potter era is over. Fantasy is out. Comedy is in. But most importantly, children rarely compare page lengths anymore as a competitive thing. Now they are after snappy reads that have them in fits of giggles. (At least in general that's what they're looking for in my library).
So how about you. Does size influence your reading choice?
What's the longest book you've ever read?
Mine is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - a whopping 782 pages. Read back in 2004 when I was finishing up my university days. I must have felt I had all the time in the world.