Long Books vs Short Books

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series created by Rukky at Eternity Books and hosted by Aria at Book Nook BitsThe full list of July topics can be found here.

This week’s topic is about long books and short books. This is such an interesting topic idea!

Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books?

I generally prefer shorter books. My StoryGraph stats will show that I mostly read books that are under three hundred pages.

Does it depend on the genre? Why is that?

I don’t think it depends on the genre for me. If a book is especially long, I take that to meant that it’s long for a reason. No matter the genre, if it’s a book I really want to read, I will go for it.

What are the pros and cons of long books?

In my experience, longer books tend to cover a longer amount of time. This is always a good thing if you happen to love the world within the story. Ideally with a longer book you get a more firm ending, all the questions are answered, and you walk away feeling satisfied.

What about shorter books?

Shorter books can be read in a shorter amount of time. I prefer books that are around three hundred pages because I can read them in one week. I also think there is just something satisfying about a story that can be told in roughly three hundred pages.

What long books do you love?

Troubled Blood (Cormoran Strike #5) by Robert Galbraith is over nine hundred pages and I absolutely ate it up. The synopsis tells us the story takes place over the course of one year, so I went into that book knowing to expect a longer timeline.

The next book in the series that is releasing at the end of August is just as long, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

What are some of your favorite short books?

I had to take a look at my bookshelves for this one. Some of my favorite shorter books include The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (311 pages), The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid (302 pages) and Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman 283 pages).

Do you prefer long books or short books? Tell me in the comments or drop a link to your Let’s Talk Bookish post!

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