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Today I want to talk about the length of books and series. I often find myself looking at the amount of pages when I come across a new book. I am not sure why exactly, but I like to know how long a book is and I have certain ideas in my head of what is short and what is long. And I realized that often when a book is long in my terms I find it daunting to start the book or even add it to my to-read list. So that made me think of my preferred book length and that in return made me think of series length as well. And I would love to hear your opinions on this topic.
What’s my preferred book length?
I would like to say that I am okay with any length for a book, but while that might be true to some extend, it’s also true that I have my preferences. I prefer to read books everywhere from about 120-350 pages. Shorter than 120 pages are okay too, although with very short stories I am afraid they might feel rushed as often with very short stories there is a chance that might happen. But I still read a fair share of short stories, especially by authors I already know. So if well written I don’t mind shorter stories.
However when it comes to the longer side I can get quite hesitant about starting a book if it’s really long. The weird thing is that I know it doesn’t matter, the length of the book rarely says something about how good it is or whether I will enjoy it, but to me it still feels s daunting to start a long book. I think part of this is that I don’t read very fast. It usually takes me a week or so to read one book, sometimes a bit longer or shorter depending on how much I like the book, how long it is and how much time I have/ make to read. So when reading a book that’s longer than 350 pages I know it will also take me longer to read and for some reason the idea of reading the same book for so long makes me hesitant. With the pressure of writing reviews and knowing how many other books I still want to read it seems difficult to start a book that will take me long to read. And realistically speaking it probably won’t take me that much longer, especially if it’s a good book, but still. It’s pretty much irrational, but I still can’t shake my slight hesitation when it comes towards longer books.
What’s my preferred series length?
I rather read multiple short books than one very long one, so that made me think of series compared to one large book. And yes I think a series is often less daunting than one 500 pages book. Then again series vary in length as well and very long series are daunting too, it’s difficult to start a series when I know it already has 13 books or so. When you start a series you know that if you enjoy it, you’ll want to read all the other books too and that’s 12 more books for your to read list in one go. I often rather start a series once the first book is just released as it’s easier to stay up to date, once you’re 3 or 4 books behind it can be hard to catch-up especially if the series is still ongoing. In general I start a lot of new series each year and I try to stay caught up with those I want to continue, but that’s not always possible. There are quite some series I’ve fallen behind in and really want to catch-up, but can’t afford to buy the missing books or make the time to spend reading them all, as there are also other series and books I want to read. I would say that the actual length of a series isn’t as important as how many books are released at a certain point when I start the series. Usually 3 or 4 books behind still works if the series has ended, but with an ongoing series 3 or 4 books behind it already feels like much. If at all possible I would like to stay only 1 or 2 books ahead in a series I want to read as that feel still doable to catch-up any time I like.