The Big Book Theory

Book buying theory: you get the one that fits your mood, your life really, at that moment in time. It’s not incredibly complicated. (Or you buy it because you need to read it for book club.) We all have a method of choosing what book we need. A system we use to whittle down the choices. Stories come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. We might go big, It might be small. Slow moving. Or rocket fast. Spicy or sweet. Happy. Sad. True. Or complete fantasy.

I need at least one book on the go at all times, for sanity sake.

So…I was in the bookstore the other day looking for some epic reads for our camping holiday. As I scanned the tables of books at Chapters (my local bookstore) I noticed a book I’d seen on Twitter by an author I follow. A suspense kind of book, which I love. Very interesting title. Attractive cover. I picked it up to read the blurb and goodness gravy the thing had to weigh 5 pounds. Not quite, but close. but it was Big. BIG, I tell you.

Not even Stephen King’s reassurance that it was a fantastic read and one should not be put off by the sheer number of pages convinced me to buy it. And it turns out it was the second in a trilogy so I need to read the first book, well…first.

Still, I feel kind of wimpy for basing my decision on page length instead of whether I’d enjoy the actually story in those many pages. I mean I read big books. Because hello, Kristen Ashely. She writes long stories and it’s kind of nice knowing you’re in it for the long haul. That you’re going to be engaged for awhile and you don’t have to worry about the story ending too soon. I’ve read Exodus by Leon Uris. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugnenides. I read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Heck, I was probably qualified to build a catherdral after that one. And I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I love picking up a Nora Roberts’ book because I know I’m going to sink in, relax, and enjoy.

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I just don’t like them all the time. I’ve gotten into the habit of reading shorter books. Past paced, moving quickly, lots happening all at once kind of books, which I also love. And some big stories come in shorter books. I wasn’t in the mood for lengthy. I was looking for something else.

I made my selections that day and here’s what I ended up with: a romantic suspense (I think it was – warning; there is a lot of sex in this book. A LOT. Just so you know.); a colouring book which I adore; and 2 young adult books, one of which I’ve started.)

IMG_1169Do you read big books? Do you care how long the story is if it’s something you think you might want to read? How do you pick books?

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4 thoughts on “The Big Book Theory

  1. I like books of all sizes, but yeah, sometimes I’m in the mood for a shorter book and sometimes I’m in the mood to submerge myself into a big book. It depends on time and what I have to get done with my own writing. If I think a big book is going to distract me too much, I pick something shorter and less brain-taxing. But yeah, love the big books.

    Pillars of Earth was awesome, btw. And I loved Exodus. =o)

    • They are great books, B.E. Being on vacation I needed something I could pick up, read a couple of pages and put down, repeat. Hope you’re reading an awesome book right now, be it big or small.

  2. My book club meets Sept-May and then we’ll pick a longer read for the summer to discuss when we reconvene. Usually, I save all my “big” books for the summer since the rest of the months I’m trying to not only read our club’s picks, but to also make a dent in my own stack of books. Until now, I hadn’t realized that I do sort of have a system when it comes to reading!

    • Hey, April. My book club meets from September to May, too! With get together months in December and June, with no designated book to read. This last year was a pretty good balance of books with my fav being The Husband’s Secret. Hope you’re enjoying your big summer read!

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