I Like Big Books and I Cannot—Wait, I’m Lying
Well, I’m not completely lying. I like big books just fine, it’s just that I’m intimidated by them. I’m such a slow reader that often I find myself putting a book off forever just because it’s so huge and because I feel like I’ll get really behind in my review schedule if I spend too much time on one book.
For example, I’m reading A Game of Thrones right now, but I’ve been reading it SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER. I really wanted to read it, but I knew that if I just tried to read it and nothing else, I’d have a month of no reviews. So instead I’ve been reading it a little bit at a time, but focusing most of my time on other books, so that I’d still have reviews on a regular basis.
But then when I see a book on my shelf that’s not GoT long, but it’s still over 400 pages, I kind of cringe and think, “Maybe I should wait…” Which means that A) I put off a lot of really anticipated reads and B) I have TONS of unread big books on my shelves now.
Just a few of the unread big
books on my shelves…*
Some books just seem bigger, you know what I mean? Like with the Harry Potter books–I know a lot of those are pretty long, but they just don’t seem so long to me. But certain books are long and heavy, like A Game of Thrones or the Throne of Glass series. Those kinds of books are going to take me FOREVER. My reading speed does seem to be improving a little, since I do read a lot, but I also have a kiddo to take care of for most of the day and when the hubs gets home we often want to catch up on our TV shows. So that means that I’m lucky to get in 50 pages a day. There are those off days, of course, where I am able to read for most of the day and can get a couple hundred pages in, but those days are few and far between.
So I often find myself combing through my shelves, looking for a shorter book to read, that way I can keep up with my review schedule. I used to be so behind with reading that I would finish a book and then write the review and post it the next day, and then I’d have to hurry to read a couple books so I could be a bit ahead. These days I’m normally at least 3 or 4 books ahead, so sometimes I can read a larger book and feel okay about it, because I can take a bit more time since I’m ahead. But I still often feel really intimidated by those big books!
What about you guys? Do big books scare you? Or are you like one of my friends, and do you flock towards big books so that the story can just go on and on forever?
*At the time I wrote this post, I hadn’t read Gone, but now I have.