Before & After #8: Chunky Books

So you guys. Since early 2012 I’ve been working on this post I wanted to do about the differences between myself as a reader before I was a blogger and after I became a blogger because my habits have changed SO MUCH. I kept putting it off because of wedding plans. I wanted to make this cute graphic that was a list but, when I finally started to work on it this year, it was just looking TOO crowded with about 30 different things and overwhelming and not AT ALL what I had in mind. Then I decided…why not make it a series? The more I thought about it — it would lend to a better discussion if I just give you one at a time. I’m kind of glad my original idea didn’t work out because I’m liking this better. Check the end of the post for previous Before & After’s.


ย I read chunky books often and without even thinking twice. If it was a book I was interested in it didn’t matter how thick it was…I was going to read it and wasn’t scared off by how big it was. I didn’t feel like I was slowing down my reading pace — I wasn’t even thinking like that. 1,000 pages? NO PROBLEM.


I rarely ever read chunky books anymore. Any time I want to read a book that is borderline chunky I side eye it. I wasn’t aware about how this habit changed but I know I felt pressure to read more books so I could review them. I would think, “Well in the time it would take me to read this book I could read 3 or 4 other ones.” I HATE that my subconscious thinks this way and prevents me from picking up those massively huge books more frequently. It’s not that I don’t read thicker books anymore but I’m just less frequent about it and it prevents me from picking up books I really want to read. One of my bookish resolutions this year was to read more chunky books so I’m really going to try to achieve it!



Let’s Talk:

If you are a blogger — Do you read more or less chunky books than before? If you read less is it because you feel pressure to read more so that you have stuff to review? If you still read a lot of chunky books how do you make it work for you blog and having reviews? Or do you just not let it bother you? If you aren’t a blogger — Do you read chunky books often? Do they ever intimidate you or make you feel like you could be reading MORE books in that time? For everyone — Curious as to what the biggest book you’ve ever read is? What chunky books are on your TBR?

Previous Before & After’s:

The Time In Between Two Books – 2/27
Being Up On New Releases — 3/6
Book Real Estate — 3/15
Re-reading — 3/20
Meeting Authors + Myths About Them — 3/27
The Number of Books Read Per Year — 4/5
Recommending Books — 4/10

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I was never a chunky book person to be honest. That being said I’m currently listening to Harry Potter on my iPod and all I can think during a 25 hour book is I could have listened to 2.5 books during this time. Of course this all falls back to “TOO MANY BOOKS TOO LITTLE TIME”

  2. hehe great post as usual. For me it was even worse, if a book was less than 500pg I didn’t even pick it up! I loved getting to read big huge amazing stories and I actually choose boooks accruing to their pages.
    Now, of course this changes as I also want to read more and more and huge books are not helping there. Also, with changing to eReaders I rarely see how many pages a book has so it became less important for me..

  3. I’ve never really descriminated between chunky and non-chunky books. I like to read them all. I really notice though, that the chunky books take more than one train trip (1.5hrs) to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve read a book, The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody, and it’s 1000 pages. And you can’t forget Lord of the Rings, which is pretty lengthy, if you could all of the ‘books’ as one single one. I have War and Peace sitting on my bookshelf, and that is most certainly a behemoth, nearly 1400 pages of really small writing, can’t say I’ve tackled it yet, maybe one day.

    I’m not daunted by the size of the book, heck, I even like it when it’s a longer book, cause that means I get to spend more time reading the book, and more time still immersed in the world. I prefer the quality over the book, rather than how many I’ve read in a year. I’m not too fussed with how many books I read in a year, so long as I’m reading, and I’m enjoying doing so. Even though there really isn’t enough time to read everything I want to, but if I want to read a large book, I’m going to do so, without worrying about the fact I could have read 3 more in the same time.

    As always, love your post, always gets me thinking!

  5. I feel the same way. I used to really like big books, but now I avoid them, because they take so long. In that time I could read 2 or 3. I feel bad, because I’m missing out on a lot of books that I’ve wanted to read. I’m definitely going to try changing that, since I hadn’t really thought about it before. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I read them SO MUCH LESS!! I read chuckers ALL the time before I blogged. Now I’m completely intimidated by their size, wondering if I will make it through the other review books I need get through if I read that one big one!!
    I know I need to read my big books again, plus those big books are good to have handy in case a girl needs to knock out a mugger or something…

  7. I used to read a lot of thick books before I started to blog and I don’t read many anymore. It bothers me a bit because I feel like I’m missing out sometimes. But I think you become daunted by the size because your mind goes into “How on earth am I going to review this” mode and I wish it would stop lol. I don’t review every single book I read, but it kind of takes fun out of reading when I start to think like that. Hopefully I’ll find a way to stop that get back to reading thicker books. Great post Jamie!

  8. Oh, I used to actually buy books based off their chunkiness! I had some kind of belief in my head that the longer the book the was, the more amazing it would be. Of course, that doesn’t always work out that. But for the longest time I’d go to the bookstore and would look for the chunkiest books I could buy.

    I’m new to the book blogging world, so it hasn’t really changed beyond my basic realization that quantity does not equal quality for pages. But, I can see what you mean. I think if I wanted to post more reviews on my blog than the small amount I do now, then it would become an issue.

  9. I totally feel that pressure to read shorter books and review them now that I’m a blogger, but I really wish I didn’t. What I mostly do is read more than one book at the same time, so I’m reading a 639 pages book and a 300s one. It’s working out for now, but since Les Mis is in my TBR list I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I read it. I hope I’ll manage it!

  10. Hehe, I actually wrote about this exact problem a couple of weeks ago! I also have been having trouble “letting” myself read longer books since I worry about getting enough read for reviews. It’s not helping that I’ve been reading ARCs recently that I want to publish nearer their release date (this is a new problem for me), so I have even less to post right now D: . My semester will be done soon though, so I’m thinking one of the books I will read in the week I’m giving myself off will be Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson which is huuuuuuge

    Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

  11. Omygosh. I definitely do this now that I am a blogger, and especially now that I have been asked to do some reviewing. I wish I didn’t do this, because some shorter books leave me feeling that they could have been so much better if they were longer and allowed to develop more character depth and plot. Also, especially with YA, there seems to be a massive amount of trilogies instead of stand alone books. I miss big CHUNKY books!

  12. I’m not really sure that I’m necessarily intimidated by how CHUNKY a book is – I’m more intimidated by how complex the plot is. For example, I’ve just finished Anna Karenina which is a pretty dang chunky book. It took me like two months or maybe a little more to do it and I read other books while I was doing it so I wouldn’t get burned out on it (Tolstoy can get rambly) PLUS I did it in audiobook format while I was following along in print PLUS I found a great discussion friend who loved the story as well – so all of those things helped me to get through that really excellent chunky story that I ended up loving. HOWEVER, I really want to start the Game of Thrones books, which are sort of chunky as well. I will most likely do all of the things I listed above when I start reading them, but the only hesitation that I have is that I’ve heard that the plotlines are so very complex and I love to read multiple books at a time. Having super complex plotlines means that I would need to focus much harder on the plot, meaning that it would probably take me like six months to get through one of those books, which I’m totally fine with (HELLO The Name of the Wind, one of the best books EVER did the same thing FOR ME, not everyone else) but it’s more complexity vs chunkiness that is a factor in whether I start a big book or not. I’m not really intimidated by size. Like the book in my lap right now is 591 pages and I’ve been working on it for three days, but I’ve been reading another book alongside it. But the plot isn’t complex – it’s a super-fun urban fantasy.

    DOES THAT EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE? I DON’T KNOW. Go for the big books, lady! Find a discussion partner and email the heck out of them like I did. It is AMAZING what it will do for you when you finally close that thing! I felt GRRRREAT. Like Tony the Tiger, haha.

  13. I totally side-eye chunky books now. It’s horrible. But I think I was like that a bit even before I was a blogger – it actually started in my Masters, where I would look at the book list and check to see that I had the time to read everything. I totally dropped a Victorian lit course because of that. So maybe that’s a residual thing? Basically, if it’s over 500 pages, I’m a bit wary unless it’s something I know I can devour immediately.

    Part of that pressure is definitely blogging. The other part is just knowing how long it takes me to slog through that book – I hate losing momentum and then picking it up again later, I feel like I’ve forgotten everything.

    Also, books can be deceiving – I’ve noticed that I can start a 200 page novel and realize that it would be 300 if the font wasn’t so small. =P

    Favourite chunky books include Bleak House by Charles Dickens (really, it’s pretty good) and Harry Potter 6 and 7. I can’t think of others right now…

  14. Oh, I am so less likely to read a chunky book these days. I don’t have the time. Blogging is enough of a time suck from even the little books, I can’t imagine conquering anything over 450 pages.

  15. I hear ya! Chunky books scare me now. I feel so bad about it, but when reading on a schedule now, I just always think about the time it will take me to read a book! I’ve been falling behind lately so that certainly doesn’t help ๐Ÿ™ SOMEDAY I will read those chunky books again! I need to stop putting pressure on myself. That’s really where my problem is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Honestly, this isn’t something that’s really changed for me! I still love reading chunky books, especially of the fantasy variety, and it doesn’t really bug me that it takes me a little longer to finish. One thing that has changed when it comes to chunky books is that I often read them simultaneously with other (shorter) books on the side. For instance, I am working my way through A Game of Thrones and have been for nearly two months (I’m nearly done, yay!). While that’s been happening, I’ve been reading other books too, as you can tell from my blog. I think that’s what works for me – I get to read chunky books, BUT I never feel like I’m at a standstill when it comes to blogging.

    The most recent book that I’ve read that was chunky was Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (which is about 800 pages). Most of the fantasies I read happen to be pretty long, and a lot of the upcoming fantasies and classics are really chunky. Hopefully, they get read!

  17. Interesting! I’m obligated to read a certain number of books per month for my grad program (I get to read YA for my grad program. I am a lucky lucky person.), so that makes me steer clear of door stoppers sometimes. But I don’t think I can blame the blogging, because I’m pretty awful about reading books and then not reviewing them.

    Of course, if a book gets a lot of great recs I’m going to read it no matter the size. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I definitely do this all the time! There are so many books that I want to read and I’ve bought because I love the sound of them, but I keep putting them off because of how chunky they are. My biggest one is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami… I was anxiously waiting for that one and I finally got it for Christmas when it came out and I still haven’t read it because I know it will take me so much time, and I don’t want to carry a book that big around with me.

  19. I LOVE chunky books and I even buy them, but find myself bypassing them on my shelves each time I pick up my next read. I really want to change this habit soon.

  20. I LOVE chunky books! I still try to read them just as often as I always have, but sometimes it takes a little scheduling and a whole lot of patience if I don’t have a few days of posts already scheduled.

  21. Right now, I think I’m more put off by chunky books because I know it’ll take me a while to read them and I worry that I’ll lose track of the story! I have been putting off reading A Dance of Dragons for ages, because I know it’ll take some effort to keep up with all the characters and all the events, and if I can only read a chapter or two a night, I tend to lose my way a little bit. I think the pressure to review is there a little bit, but I try not to let it bother me too much (and I am trying to get better at scheduling in advance!).

  22. I love chunky books but after becoming a blogger I can’t read them as much because of what you said –>โ€œWell in the time it would take me to read this book I could read 3 or 4 other ones.โ€ – pretty much sums up how I approach it. I don’t want to think that way either but I have so many books waiting for me to read that I always go for the lighter ones nowadays.

  23. I think I still read as many chunky books as I did before, but I never really read that many to begin with. I’ll still pick one up if it looks interesting to me, just like I would have done before. I’m just always reading at least 3-7 books at a time, so the chunky ones just take longer. I always put a book down if it isn’t holding my interest. I don’t care if it has 200 pages or 600, a book must be interesting if it wants to be read.

  24. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads says:

    Yes! I am totally the same! I used to love reading chunky books … somehow it just seemed very reader-y to tote around those massive books, and then I became totally obsessed with my Goodreads challenge and staying on track. I wish there was an option you could set for number of pages read, rather than number of books. Then I could just READ to stay on track, rather than looking at the number of books I have to read to catch up to my goal *sigh*

  25. I’m the same way! But I’m trying to read more chunksters this year. I’ve gotten a couple read. I’m tracking pages numbers rather than number of books. That helps.

  26. I’m not opposed to reading chunky books, but generally, I stay away from them. They just intimidate me! Also, as a student I don’t have much time to read so chunky books during semesters is a big NO. I don’t like reading books where I can’t finish in more than two weeks during school so I mostly read chunkies during vacay!

  27. I wouldn’t say that I read a LOT of chunky books, but I definitely didn’t think of size. Actually, I used to read a lot more adult literature, books that would take a lot more time to read. Now, it seems like I’m going for QUANTITY over quality … not to say that YA books are bad, but they’re easier to read and quicker to read. In the past week I’ve been trying to get back into more adult books. I think it matters more about what books I’m reading than how many, so I’m trying to NOT concentrate on the number. But still, I also side-eye the chunksters … ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re not alone!

  28. I signed up for the chunkster challenge and surprisingly it was the first challenge I completed because I have a number of chunky books I really wanted to read. –

  29. Ugh, I am the same way. ๐Ÿ™ I hate it too, because I know I’m passing up some great books, but there’s so much urgency and pressure to read lots of books when you’re a book blogger! I know this has gotten bad for me, because the last few books chosen for my book club have all been chunksters and each time I just gripe about it and don’t want to read it. Sigh!

    Now, if it’s a YA or MG chunkster, I’m more inclined to pick it up, because those I can still read through pretty quickly. But like… an adult book? And 500+ pages? Ouch.

  30. I used to read chunky books like it was nobody’s business. UGH. What happened to that? My goal is to get back to MY books this year, and I’m powering through review books now, and really taking a hard look at any more I want to request for that reason. Some of the books I’ve been wanting to read, or re-read are huuuuge. I am also guilty of thinking, “I’d love to read [book title] but it’s so long, that I could read two YA’s in that time.” BOOOO.

  31. I am always intimidated by chunky books. What is I get bored? Or my life gets busy and I can’t find time to keep reading it? I’m always trying to hit a yearly book goal. I have one sitting next to me that I’m trying to read, I’m even interested in it, but the size is just stopping me from getting into it. I am trying to read more chunky books, but it’s hard to get past the mental block I have in place.

  32. Oh yeah, I’m like you too. I never paid attention to the length of a book before I started blogging. Now when I come across a book I’m interested in and see it’s short I do a happy dance.

  33. I don’t let size sway me. I wasn’t a popular blogger to begin with but I understand the pressure to read faster and review more. Now that I’m no longer blogging though I am trying to get back to embracing my love of books…all books. Classics, big books, little books, fluff books, adult books, ya books, books I want to reread and etc. I’m going back to where it all begin. Reading for pleasure.

    • In all my efforts to become a better writer, the basic of reading for pleasure is often forgotten. Oh, right! Books are meant to be enjoyed.

  34. haha… this is too funny that this was the topic this week after this came up in our conversation tonight!! pretty sure i’m showing symptoms of chunky book syndrome. i used to looove chunky books, especially when it is a series i love or story i am super invested in, but now— even though i still loooove chunky books, the HEAT IS ON! i feel so much pressure to hurry the hell up so that i can get to the next book on my list. i don’t want to have that attitude because a lot of great books are CHUNKY! really struggling with clockwork princess this week… it is amaaazing and i don’t want to rush it– i want to enjoy it, but when THE PROGRAM is sitting on my nightstand it’s hard not to feel a little bitter about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ def did not feel this way before blogging.

  35. Back in high school I used to fly through books of all sizes, but after four years in university I’ve noticed that the amount of thicker books I read have dwindled. I don’t think that really has anything to do with me starting a book blog, but of course I often feel like I don’t read fast enough to post reviews. It’s tough balancing it all, but I hope you start reading more thicker books!

  36. Since I started blogging I definitely started to shy away from chunky books. Before I was the thicker the better. More to hang out with characters I love. Now, as you said, I think how many thinner books I could read. The pressure is more overcrowded due-to-review list than pressure to post 2-3 reviews a week, but it’s still there.
    Thanks for sharing this, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I think the chunkiest I’ve read was about 600 pages. I don’t let the size scare me off though. If the book is on my TBR list, I’ll get it regardless of the size. However, I am not a blogger so I can take a day or a month to finish the book.

  38. This is DEFINITELY something that has changed for me. Before blogging I read big books all the time. Most of the books I read were on the longer side. Since blogging, I tend to stay away from them. I’ll read them once in a while if they’re supposed to be really good, but otherwise I feel like I don’t have the time to spend multiple days on one book when I could read more than one book. I’ve been trying to make a more conscious effort of not letting that stop me because I think I tend to miss out on books I might really like if I didn’t avoid them because of the size.

  39. I used to specifically shop FOR chunky books – anything under 300 pages I probably wouldn’t have looked at twice, because I love reading the same book for hours and hours and hours, and days and days and days on end! And I actually hate that I’m now the opposite, and the thought of anything more than 400 pages makes me hesitant. I try not to let it influence me too much, but like you I always think about how many other books I could read instead….tough balance!

  40. Blogger here: I have always – and will always – read chunky books. Yes, I do have the thought in the back of my mind now that this isn’t going to help my Goodreads goal or “maximum # of reviews as possible per week” goal, but I don’t let that thought deter me. I LOVE long books because, the way I see it, the larger the book, – the greater the potential for a larger world to fill my imagination. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not so say that short books don’t drag me in just as much, nor does length guarantee greatness. But if I find myself fully immersed into a reeeally long book, I know that I am experiencing one of the best things a reader could ever experience.

    Longest book I have ever read: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (at least 3-4 times)….

  41. Kate Merriman says:

    Good discussion! I decided that this year, I’m going to read for myself and not for reviewing / reputation/ promotion / others. I’m so happy with that decision. As one of my favorite t-shirts says, “I like big books and I cannot lie!’

  42. I do the same thing now. I used to judge really short books and now I am THRILLED when one comes in under 300, because it means I’ll be able to get ahead on my review schedule. I read one that was 800 pages a couple weeks ago, and it felt like it would NEVER end. Haha. I wish I didn’t put so much pressure on myself to read X books a week and get X reviews out. I know no one else will care, but the idea of not posting a review makes me antsy.

  43. I am guilty of this. I will put off chunky books even if I think I will live them just because I know how much tone I will have to invest and I think I could review more smaller books. I’m trying to do better.

  44. I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about it. I suppose I might if I had a lot I wanted/needed to get read at a certain time but I dive in when I want to and only sideeye a book if I’m not really interested. This was an interesting thing to think about!

  45. Ack, I hate that I react this same way! Especially since there are so many chunky books that I really want to read and know that I’ll love. I’m trying to work on not stressing out about it taking a couple of weeks for me to read a book, even if that means I won’t have much on the blog. It’s so hard to keep up with everything, I really don’t know how some people (like April who has a full time job and at least a post a day) do it.

  46. I just bought a HUUUUUGE chunker a few weeks ago (Reamde by Neal Stephenson) and I’ve been staring at it, daunted, ever since. I’m not a big blogger but I review on Goodreads and I set myself a reading goal, which has been discouraging me from reading any big books lately but I’m going to try and get back on the horse this summer!

    The biggest book I’ve ever read has got to be the omnibus version of Lord of the Rings…I think I carried that baby around my high school for a solid 8 months.

  47. As a blogger, I am definitely more intimidated my chunkier books. I always have to tell myself that I shouldn’t worry, and that I just need to pace myself and put my full focus on the book. I know that if I won’t be able to review it properly if I have a “I need to finish this book as soon as possible” mindset.

    It helps the review, and it also adds to my enjoyment of the book!

  48. Since becoming a blogger, I think I have read less chunky books than I used to, but I don’t think it’s because I’ve been putting them off. I think it’s mostly because a lot of the books I’ve discovered during these past few years just aren’t chunky books.

    I’ve never had a problem with being intimidated by a chunky book either (with the exception of War & Peace; still haven’t finished it; doubt I ever will) because I’ve always been a very fast reader. I actually tend to judge what book to read next based on the topic/genre, not the size. If I’ve just read three dystopian novels in a row, I’d rather read a chunky fantasy/historical fiction book than another dystopian novel, even if it’s half the size.

  49. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with reading larger books. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by the size of books, but for the most part it has never been a big problem. Since starting my blog I’ve been more aware of what I’m reading and how long it’s taking me, but I read several books at once and am finishing them all the time, so I don’t really ever worry about this or that book taking too long.

  50. As a blogger who has only been doing this for a few months, I have absolutely noticed that I’ve changed this way too. I used to read whatever struck my fancy at the time. Big, small, whatever. But now that I have a schedule to keep for my reviews (and since I am so not ahead… like, ever), I worry whenever I want to start a chunky book because I feel like it’ll put me behind. I have totally justified putting a big book off with the “I’ll be able to finish __ small books in the same amount of time, and the reviews can go up on time!” I’m not proud of it, but I am working on it.

  51. I’m the exact same way. I own quite a few chunky books and have even more on my tbr or wishlist, but they tend to be the last ones that actually get read. I’m a slow reader, so big books are intimidating for me because I know if they take me 4-7 days, I could have read 2-3 smaller books. As a reviewer who tries to post at least a few reviews a week, it can be tough to make time/want to read the bigger books, especially during those times you might not have reviews scheduled in advance. Before I became a blogger, I didn’t think twice…Harry Potter, for instance, didn’t faze me a bit. I’m a big Nora Roberts fan and her books tend to be huge and it didn’t bother me before, but now I find myself putting off reading a lot of her books because of the size. Reading big books was actually one of my bookish goals for this year too, so good luck Jamie! Hopefully we both conquer the fear of the chunky book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  52. Chunky books have always intimidated me to a certain extent, but honestly, that’s what I love about my kindle. For the most part, you have to actually look up the number of pages, so they aren’t as intimidating. If it’s a book I’m really excited about, I won’t let it get to me, but I’m having a hard time with my current book. It’s almost 600 pages, and I’m not loving it, so I’ve been seriously considering DNF’ing (which I almost never do)!

  53. I love chunky books. I like to make a good story last long but I recently started reviewing and I look at the chunky books thinking as you said i can read more books during the time it would take me to read this one. At this point I’d rather enjoy any book then to hold myself back and miss a really good book. I think Breaking Dawn was the longest book I’ve read and I currently have It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way on my TBR list and its 781 pages.

  54. I have lots of good intentions to read chunky books, but I often never get started. Or, as was the case with the Wheel of Time series, I start and then after months of reading bits and pieces between other books I forget what I’m reading about. I have however read the first two George R.R. Martin books, and will eventually read the rest of them…

  55. This is too true for me, I don’t really read chunky books anymore either. I didn’t even notice I was doing this! But I totally am!

  56. I’m pretty much the same. I used to read long books quite often but nowadays I feel some sort of personal shame if I am not finishing books at a rapid pace. (though all three bloggers on our site have kind of just taken a lot of breaks lately due to reading and blogging exhuastion:)) I did a post a few months back about the chunky books sitting unread on my shelves and how I aim to read a certain number of them. I even organized a readalong of one–Infinite Jest. I…gave up on week two. BUT, several people, including one of my cobloggers made it to the finish line and I am proud of them for it. Ah well, on to the next!

  57. Chunky books have always been intimidating (other than any of the later Harry Potter series, if they count at all…). It’s probably why I haven’t started Lord of the Rings yet. Even though it is 3 separate books, their size is overwhelming!

  58. I LOVE chunky books! But that might just be because I never want stories to end. But I do find myself reading them left often than I did before. There was a time when I was all “the thicker the book the better” but now I find that I start thinking the same way you do–that I could be reading 2 or 3 books in the time it would take me to read that one really big book. Though admittedly I think I’ve come to the point where I try to not let it bother me as much since the last few books I’ve read have all been fairly chunky.

  59. I was nuts about chunky books, especially if they were on sale. I was convinced I was getting more bang for my buck. Now, I rarely read chunky books, but it’s not because of blogging. These days I’ve been really distracted, so I have a difficult time getting in to chunky books. It’s such a bummer because I love getting lost in 500+ pages. (500+ counts as a chunky book, right?)

  60. Ugh, YES! I have the same problem! And it sucks because I pretty much always love those big books! I love getting lost in a story for DAYS and really getting a good backstory! But I’ve been neglecting them in favor of review books and shorter books… I think among the biggest books I’ve read are The Count of Monte Christo, Pillars of the Earth, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear and I count ALL of these among my favourites!

  61. I think this is definitely one of the good things about reading on Kindle — I rarely notice how long a book is until I’m halfway through and suddenly realise I still have a way to go!

    The idea of wanting subconsciously to read more books so you can blog and review them makes perfect sense though.

  62. While I have and still do enjoy a good chunky book I have to admit that recently I’ve been reading a lot of shorter books. Part of me loves series/trilogies because it means I don’t have to read a chunky book and thus get to read more books in the same amount of time, part of me also hates smaller books because I simply want all the story at once. I try to balance my reading out if possible, read a bunch of shorter books and then real one enormous book afterwards, then back to shorter books.

  63. I find that I will read longer books, but find myself regretting it as I’m reading it and I know there could be so many others that I could be reading. Especially if it’s the third or fourth in a series and I absolutely NEED to read the first ones to remind myself what’s happening, and I end up spending far more time than I should rereading/reading the series.

  64. Oh my gosh, YES YES YES!! I get scared away from books that are more than 500 pages. Like, what?! Why does it need to be that long!? And I totally think the SAME thing about how I could read 3 books in the time it will take to read that one. SO TERRIBLE! I am trying so hard to mix in some chunksters or classics in between the newer and shorter ones. Oh my gosh Jamie, literally like you read my mind! Love it!

  65. Oh I am so glad I’m not the only one thinking like this! I’ve been inadvertently picking smaller books that I know I can fly through lately, so that I wouldn’t get behind on my blog. It’s silly really, who’s going to hound us if we miss a review or two? Probably no one but ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚


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