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Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!
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The size of the story does matter to me. I LOVE sinking into a good long read, so when I see a book is between 50k-120k words, I am way more excited to dive in. I rarely read short stories or novellas less than a 100 pages unless it’s by a favorite author, or if it’s something like Irregulars, where the four novellas were building off each other.
That being said, when books get to 450+ pages, I also get wary about what to pick up since some very long books are worth every word, while others can feel very bloated, where your first review comment would be, “This needed a good editor to cut it down.”
I’ve had a phase when I avoided long stories, because I just wanted the immediate satisfaction a 200 pages read brings. I am over that now, but like Tracy, I’m way more wary at committing myself to read something that could very well be a long, endless torture. What a companion this book is when it’s good, though! As for short reads, some of them pack a punch in less than 50 pages, others feel like you’ve only read excerpts.
In short, I’m a word count slut. The longer the story, the better. It started out, like most things reading-related for me, with fanfiction. I prefer stories greater than 100,000 words and try to avoid anything less than 60,000. Heck, my favorite fanfiction story is almost 700,000 words long (size DOES matter).
Does this love of all things long blow back in my face? Why yes it does. But all the bad stories I’ve read have been eclipsed by the oh-so-good ones that had been brought to my attention.
Size? Yep, totally matters. Oddly enough, it depends on my mood.
Sometimes I just want a quick thrill and then there are times that I want it slow and steady. ;)
But seriously, these days the two-three hundred page mark seems to be my target craving. I rarely go after a book over 400 pages, it has to be really special for me to devote that much time. I’m a working mum, and real life can soak up my ‘me’ time and a long saga could take me weeks to read. And I have found great pleasure in stumbling upon those rare gems under 50 pages.
To be honest, there are times I wish I didn’t know the size and jumped into the story oblivious to the size. Anticipation can be such sweet torture.
I am a LAZY reader. I want a quick story that I can finish in a couple days. (I think it’s partially because of the stress of getting reviews done for the blog!). I have a shelf on GR that’s for books 200 pages or less…those are the ones I know I can knock out quickly. If I see a book over 300 pages, I hesitate. It’s a risk…the investment…especially if it’s an author I don’t know.
Having said all that, one of my FAVORITE reads is the “In the Company of Shadows” series and each of the books was about 1000 pages or more!!!!