Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the July 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
Big books vs Short books: Which do you prefer?
(SUGGESTED BY JILLIAN @ JILLIAN THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY)
Prompts: Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books? Does it depend on the genre? Why is that? What are the pros and cons of long books? What about shorter books? What long books do you love? What are some of your favourite short books?
BIG VS SHORT BOOKS
If I’m being honest, prior to starting this book blog I never really paid close attention to bookish details such as book-length/page numbers, publisher, publication date, etc. If you’d have asked me a few years ago, I think I would’ve said I preferred big books because I used to read a lot more of them. However, since books and reading have pretty much taken over my life (lol) and books became an extension of my being (double lol) I’ve realised that I tend to gravitate more towards short(er) books whenever possible!
DOES IT DEPEND ON GENRE?
My willingness to read a big vs short book does depend on the genre but I also think that a certain length is expected when picking up a specific genre. For example, I’d expect a fantasy novel to be bigger compared to a contemporary or romance, and I think I’d also be more willing to read a big SFF book compared to any other genre. That’s not to say that I haven’t read romances or other genres that were chonksters (because of course I have) but I’d definitely expect it more from a fantasy.
As a mood reader though, I also feel like it depends on the mood I’m in. If I’m in the mood for an immersive read that’s not fantasy, I do enjoy a good long epic historical fiction or thriller and some of my favourite books in these genres have been chonksters!
THE PROS AND CONS
- Packed full of details—extensive world-building, character development, and intricately detailed plots.
- You get to spend more time in worlds and with characters which allows you to develop a stronger connection to the story.
- A book can feel overly long especially if the plot and characters are boring or the writing is too wordy.
- They’re intimidating AF (looking at you Brandy Sandy… and you classics!)
- They’re the perfect “palate cleansers” between books.
- If you’re trying a new author, it gives you a good taste of what their writing is like.
- If you’re unsure what to read or are feeling slumpish, shorties can help you figure out what you’re in the mood for.
- A lack of character development.
- Unsatisfying or open endings (two of my least favourite things! 🙈)
chonksters: 5 favourites + 5 tbr
shorties: 5 favourites + 5 TBR
Do you prefer big or short books or do you not have any preference? What’re some of your favourite big books and short books?