As mentioned in an earlier post, I don’t normally read large books. Big meaning over 450 pages.
There are two reasons for this.
Firstly, I like to get through books relatively quickly. I feel like I’m not getting anywhere when reading a large book. It may take several weeks to finish it and in that time I could have read four or five other, smaller books! Even if the larger one is much better than all of the other smaller books combined, I would still feel stressed out reading the big book, thinking ‘Why is this taking so long?!?!?!’ Well, it’s taking so long because it’s an EIGHT-HUNDRED PAGE BOOK. I’m looking at you Song of Ice and Fire series.
Secondly, and probably most importantly, they’re SO ANNOYING TO CARRY AROUND. As I don’t drive (just yet! Am going for my licence very soon – eep!), I walk everywhere. Which therefore results in me carrying any number of books, study related items and my iPad around. Along with everything in my handbag that I would take normally.
And let me tell you, I never, ever leave the house without a book. So if I’m reading a large book, or a hardback it can be very annoying.
The only exception to these two rules are, of course, any of the Harry Potter books. Those I have read many, many times and will continue to do so. They are exempt because they are the best books ever :)
Now, tomorrow my boyfriend and I are going into the city to do various things, two of which will be reading and drinking tea. The city is just under a two hour train trip away. Much walking will be involved tomorrow. I’m nearly finished Open Season by Linda Howard, and my edition of that is quite small, so taking that will be no problem at all. However, I really, really, REALLY want to start reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt! SO, SO BADLY. I actually don’t know what it is about that book, but I keep thinking about it and reading other books has been somewhat of a chore as I just keep thinking, ‘I can read The Goldfinch soon!’
But The Goldfinch copy I have is not only a giant hardback, but also over 700 pages long :(:(:(
This makes me very sad. I want to be reading it already! I am seriously considering taking it, but lugging it around will probably dissuade me.
See?! Look at the size difference!
On another note, Open Season is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to reading more of Linda Howard’s novels. A bit of romance, a bit of crime. What more could I ask for?
P.s. Two blog posts on consecutive days?! Well done, Imogen!