I know you may not judge a book by it’s cover, but…does the size of a book intimidate you?
I’ve noticed in some Top Ten Tuesday lists lately that people seem to be turned off by certain books. Not because of the characters, plot, or genre, but purely based on the book’s size. The book just has too many darn pages to make an effort to read it. This really surprises me. Actually, for me, the longer the book, the better! When I enjoy the characters or the overall story, I want it to keep going. 250 pages just isn’t going to cut it.
When we found out that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was going to be the longest book yet (870 pages!) I squeed with delight. Sure, in retrospect there are probably some edits which could have been made, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I loved each and every word.
Stephen King’s heavy tome 11/22/63 comes in at a whopping 849 pages. Still left me wishing for more at the end.
Sure, sometimes the size will have me delay starting a book. It’s not that I don’t want to read it, but with my TBR I want to tackle a few shorter books first. I’ve got several large Elizabeth George books as well as Stephen King’s Under the Dome on my shelf right now. I’m going to get to them. Eventually.
I’ve only felt regret on book size while reading Jane Eyre. While that book had some great moments, a lot of it was a snooze fest for me. I’m just not that into the classics. For me, Jane Eyre could have easily been 150 pages versus it’s 500+. This (and let’s face it, there are probably some other classics that I could add here too) is the exception to my rule. And a good engineer knows there’s always an exception.
What about you? Do you let book size determine your reading? Are you like me and embrace the page count?