Today I want to do a post on Why do we avoid big books? This discussion post was actually inspired by another discussion post I read by Nyx on ‘Does the length of the book matter.’ This was such a brilliant discussion post and it got me thinking about big books and if we all avoid them.
Its 2019, I’m 24 and I can say that I have never in my whole life come across someone who continuously picks up big books. I’m talking 600+ pages, every week or month. Which got me to thinking, do we all put off reading the big books?
The ones we can’t lug around on our commutes easily or take to the park. I’m not saying that people who constantly read big books aren’t out there, sure these people exist and if you are one of them I applaud you because I can’t do it.
Me? I find safety and comfort in the standard paperbacks of 400 pages max. For books which have 500 or more pages, I start to put them off. Why?
I’ve figured out I don’t like the commitment it brings with it. A larger book means I can’t just take it to work to read on my lunch break because it’s too big and too heavy to carry around which means I can only read it during my spare time at home. As well as this I feel like I am also stuck with that big book until I finish it because I always tend to stick with the books to the very end… unless it’s absolutely awful of course.
But here is where my dilemma gets interesting… this fear of starting a big book also includes my favourite authors such as J.K Rowling’s Order of the Phoenix and Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices series. These are hefty reads by anyone’s standards but they are both authors I love. I know when I start reading them, I am going to love the story within but still I sit and stare at the books on my shelves for a good few months before I draw up the courage to go ‘no, I need to start it now.’ Once I have then finished the book I kick myself for not starting it sooner and this is the cycle I go through each time…
So I’m wondering, what stops you from reading the big books?
Are you like me and does the commitment put you off from picking it up straight away?
Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts on this!