Flipping Thoughts : Why am I terrified of big books?

Why am I terrified of big books?

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 πŸ™„

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 πŸ˜›

Feeling dumb

So let’s see what are those (silly) reasons and let me know in comments if you agree with them πŸ˜‰



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 πŸ˜› I know, this is weird, but I can’t tell the truth. More books I read, more accomplished I feel.

Done done


[#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 πŸ˜› So I feel that I won’t be able to give the amount of concentration to big books as much needed.

Easily distracted


[#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 πŸ˜€ I love reading, for sure, but it is not the only thing I enjoy πŸ™‚

Don't look at me with those judgy-little eyes


[#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 πŸ˜› 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? πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜›

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell It by Stephen King A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


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 πŸ˜›





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So tell me, do you read big books often or are you afraid of them like me?
Do you agree with the reasons I mentioned?
Some of your favourite big books?


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  1. Darina

    Great post, Simant! I can relate to so many of your points here. I also like to take breaks so it takes me a while to finish a book. I’ve had Anna Karenina on my TBR list for years now but I think the length is putting me off, we’ll see when I get round to reading it!

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      Thank you, Darina 😊 Haha the length of Anna Karenina is definitely putting me off too. I hope we both get to read it someday πŸ˜ƒ

  2. Sam@wlabb

    I am a hardcore reader, but I don’t finish every book I start, nor do I lust after HUGE books. I think one of the reasons I don’t real a lot of fantasy is because those books are always so long. I prefer my books to be under 500 pages, and consider 300 to be my sweet spot. I think it’s because I like starting and finishing the book the same day. πŸ˜‚ But, I agree with you – it makes me feel efficient.

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      Haha I too prefer books around 400 pages πŸ˜€ And yes, may be the same reason as yours why I don’t read a lot of fantasy too 😜 I can never finish a book within the same day. But it’s great that you can do so 😊

  3. Charvi Koul

    Ahh I totally understand your problem! And yes reading two small books definitely makes you think you’re finally defeating your TBR 😝

    Good luck with those huge books on your list! πŸ’•

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  4. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    This is such an interesting post, Sim! I have to say that, despite having read some massive books, I’m not usually going to them spontaneously – for instance, I’ve read Winter, the last book in the lunar chronicles series, because I adored the series so much, but the 800 pages terrified me as well haha. I don’t regret it though because I was entertained the whole time, but…. with big books, I’m always scared that they will FEEL as long as they are… if you know what I mean haha πŸ™‚
    I also feel more efficient somehow when I’m reading short books, you’re not alone! πŸ™‚
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      Thank you, Marie ☺️ Haha I can totally understand. Winter is on many people’s list of long books. I haven’t included it because I haven’t read the series yet πŸ™ˆ
      Haha yes, shorter books feels so good πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    I can’t relate to the font size problem because I mostly read on the kindle and you can resize the fonts πŸ˜€ I guess that solves the size problem for me as well, because when you read on the Kindle you don’t really know how long the book is at all. But when I read more print books, I used to LOVE big books! Like, I would sometimes pick up a book in the library basically only because it was big πŸ˜€ means I wouldn’t run out of the story too soon. But I guess I always read and switch between many books, so I’m never really stuck with it πŸ™‚ if I just read one book at a time, I know I would probably hate it as well πŸ˜€
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      Haha I can totally relate to the Kindle thing. But still, I always keep β€˜time left in the book’ thing on and it keeps telling me how much is left πŸ˜‚ Well, that’s a good thing then. Big books are something which are not loved by many but I am glad that you enjoy them πŸ˜ƒ

  6. trin carl

    I love this idea for your post and the reasons to be scared of big books. I like short stories every once in a while and I’m embarrassed to say that I DNF books all the time. I wish I had your stamina and endurance. It would help me tackle the classics, which almost always tend to be long.

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      Thank you so much ☺️ Short stories are always easy to get through. Ahh classics are the dreaded thing. I really want to read more classics but because of their language they seem long 😭

  7. Shruti | This is Lit

    Ah I love big books! That’s why my reading challenge is always between 50 and 60. The number of books I read is lesser because of their sizes. But I’m hoping to read smaller and more books in 2019. Let’s see. πŸ˜…

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      Haha I am glad you are like me 😜 Big books just make me slower. Shorter books are always fun to read and give us a satisfaction that we finished one more book from our huge TBR πŸ˜‚

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