Let’s Talk Bookish: Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today’s topic is: Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer?

Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books?

The length of a book doesn’t really matter for me, it’s more about how well the story is conveyed in those pages. When my reading time is limited, I prefer to pick up medium length books between 350 and 500 pages. It’s rare for me to pick up a book under 250 pages, and when I do, I’m usually rereading some childhood favorites. I enjoy reading longer books, usually fantasy, but I tend to save those for when I have enough time to sit down for a couple of hours at the least.

Does it depend on the genre? Why is that?

Some genres simply need longer books, for example, fantasy novels, which typically require the page time to build out the world, as does science fiction. I would be extremely sceptical of a novel from one of these genres at a YA or higher level that was any shorter than say 300 pages or so, I’ve read a few shorter novels and none of them were really to my taste.

I also prefer mystery novels and thrillers to be on the shorter side, around 350 pages because there’s only so long you can drag out the tension in the story before it gets annoying. Historical fiction falls somewhere in the middle for me, not too long, not too short.

What are the pros and cons of long books? What about shorter books?

Long books usually have room for detailed world building and I enjoy them because I can immerse myself fully in the world and its characters and really get invested in the plot. The major con of a long book is the time it takes to read, but with a well written book, the pages fly by so quickly it feels much shorter than it actually is.

Short books are faster reads, dependent on the genre of course, and they are a great choice when trying to get out of a reading slump and they make me feel very motivated. Because of the shorter page count, they also tend to be rather action packed. On the downside, there is less time for world and character building and the story can feel rushed if it is not carefully paced.

What long books do you love? What are some of your favorite short books?

Some of my favorite long books are Lord of the Rings, Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters verse, the Crescent City series and Throne of Glass.

For short books, a few are Ella Enchanted, Enid Blyton’s novels and Asterix and Tintin comics.

Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer?

  1. calypte July 24, 2022 / 4:22 am

    All good points! I think you need a mix, for sure. Sometimes psychologically I just can’t face a long book!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) August 7, 2022 / 9:54 pm

      That’s so true, I always need to be in a certain mindset for long books or I’ll never finish them! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!


  2. I'm All Booked Up YA July 24, 2022 / 3:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We agree that it doesn’t really matter for us. It really depends on the book.

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  3. Anoushka July 25, 2022 / 3:33 pm


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