Over the past few days, many of my friends have asked a similar question on Bokstagram – “Do you like reading long books? Which is your favourite?”. And to each of these questions, my answer was simple – “I am afraid of long books”. And this made me realise that I have hardly ever read a book which is more than 550 pages. I think the longest book I have read is Children of Blood and Bone which is about 530 pages. I am not even considering the books in which the font-size is too small though they could have easily been a 450+ pages book. Looking at you, Wonder Woman: Warbringer 🙄
This made me think – why am I terrified of big books? Why don’t I even pick them up? And this led me to today’s post.
I know most of the readers love to read large books. Actually, some of their favourites are big books. The reasons I am giving here may sound stupid or illogical to many of you, but to me, these are something which kind of define me and my reading preferences 😛
So let’s see what are those (silly) reasons and let me know in comments if you agree with them 😉
5 reasons I am terrified of long books
[#1] Smaller books make me feel more efficient:
See, I already have a huge TBR which has probably grown to the size of a mountain. My TBR is literally screaming to me. I have books on my shelf from past two years that I have still not picked. Actually, the amount of unread books on my shelf is double than the number of books that I have read. Now in this situation, if I read two smaller books instead of one large book, it makes me feel more efficient. I know the situation should be reversed. I should feel more accomplished if I finish a large book. But, for me, this is not the case.
Also, if I read smaller books, then it helps me to achieve my yearly reading goals faster 😛 I know, this is weird, but I can’t tell the truth. More books I read, more accomplished I feel.
[#2] I am a slow reader
I am a slow reader and sometimes it takes me 3-4 days to finish even a 100 pages book. It really depends upon the amount of time I get each day to read. Some days I don’t even read at all. This thing really restricts me in choosing what to read and what not to. So even a large book really attracts me sometimes, I am often afraid that a big book will eventually slow me down.
[#3] I lose concentration easily
It is no hidden fact that large books require a lot of attention. It is not easy to skim over 500 pages in a single or double stretch. And when it comes to me, I easily lose concentration. I am not one of those readers who can read continuously for hours. I need breaks and there are many things which easily distract me 😛 So I feel that I won’t be able to give the amount of concentration to big books as much needed.
[#4] Not a hard-core reader (surprise!)
This is somewhat related to the point I mentioned above. Yes, I am not a hardcore reader. Hardcore in the sense that I can’t read continuously for the whole day or for 3-4 hours. I need breaks and I read when I am in the mood for. Sometimes, I am just in the mood to relax or to watch Netflix. It is not necessary for me that I chose books every time over Netflix. Is it surprising? Well, this is who I am 😀 I love reading, for sure, but it is not the only thing I enjoy 🙂
[#5] I finish every book I read
Well, I never DNF a book. There are times when I struggle with a particular book but I always finish it sooner or later. It always comes to my mind that what if the books turns good after reading some more. Now the risk with big books is that if I am not liking it, then I would be stuck with it for God knows how long 😛 Because of my habit of not DNF’ng anything, it would take me ages to finish a book which I am not enjoying.
Yet, I want to read these
Now that I have given so many reasons for not reading big books, I do want to share a list of big books that I actually want to read someday. I am weird, isn’t it? 😀 I already have a huge TBR but offcourse, that TBR contains some big books. I don’t know when I would actually be able to read these, but a girl can definitely dream 😛
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | 838 Pages
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth | 1535 Pages
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy | 1440 Pages
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien | 1178 Pages
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry | 603 Pages
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | 960 Pages
It by Stephen King | 1156 Pages
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin | 836 Pages
Offcourse my list contains many other big books 😛
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Why am I terrified of big books? Here are 5 reasons why, along with some big books on my TBR.
Do you agree with the reasons I mentioned?