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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bigger isn't always better....just saying.

 
Saw an interesting discussion post by Krista over at Nawanda Files about whether or not the size of a book matters. This hit home with me because I recently had my arm twisted over a chunkster book.
 
The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts is well over 800 pages...scary huge! My friend Tammy and the publisher rep ganged up on me at Comic Con and told me I really needed to read this one....arm is still sore from all the twisting! *L*
 
Chunkster books are a little scary to me. They demand a huge commitment of time, where I could easily read 2-3 smaller books. I still haven't read Under the Dome despite stellar reviews, just because it's so huge. Even my DH has read it! Took him a few months, but he read it!
 
Conversely, book height doesn't really bother me, unless it's just out and out odd. Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks are fine so long as they're at industry standard. What I don't like is when there's a slightly taller than normal mass market, or a smaller than usual hardcover. That messes up the aesthetics of my bookshelves.
 
I also don't like it when a series starts out one way, then switches halfway through. I like my series to match! If it starts out in mass market, don't switch to hardcover or trade! Consistency please! Yes, I'm anal that way. :)
 
So how about you? Am I the only one afraid of chunkster books? Do overly tall books make your eye twitch? Is it a point of honor that your books be a certain length? Does size really matter?

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  1. I like big books and I cannot lie! Actually, I do love them, but I totally get the fear of it taking so long! But since I normally read more than one book at a time, it usually doesn't stop me. Although, I wouldn't always agree with big being better, at the end of the day a book is good or bad based on characters, writing and plot. I've read some short books that have seemed to stretch a thousand pages long, and bigger books that I've flown through, and of course vice versa.

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    1. Have to admit that song was running through my head as I was writing this! Big books are scary, but guess I need to pull up my big girl panties and read one already...

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  2. I do tend to like to buy a series in the same format, so I'm with you on that one. I do like my book case to have differences in heighth and width though and I do love big thick books.

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    1. I don't mind different sizes of books, but I have different shelves for mass market vs trade vs hardcover. Yes, I know I'm weird. :)

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  3. OMG! I feel like you looked inside my soul with this post! I can't stand when series change, it works my last nerve and odd sized height books bother me too! I have a couple of the tall mass market books that I don't even put on the shelf cause I can't stand looking at them stick out all weird like that. The short hardcover books bother me too, but not quite as much.

    I'm also afraid of chunksters. Mostly because I know they take a lot of time. Plus I've read some books that could have easily cut out 200 pages (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I'm looking at you) and the book would have been better (or at least the same). If I'm going to read a 500, 800, 1000 page book, I'd better be VERY entertained. Otherwise I feel like I've wasted my time.

    Sorry this was such a long comment!

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I was beginning to think I was the only person afraid of chunksters! Maybe it's because the few really long books I've read needed a good editor and could have easily been much, much shorter (cough *Stephen King* cough).

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  5. (Ha! First time around, my whole comment didn't post...oops! ^_^)

    I'm not afraid of big bad wolv....I mean chunkster books, but you're right, they require a bit more commitment in their own way. Best suggestion going into them is MAKE SURE YOU'RE INTERESTED. If you're not fully committed to the read, it'll make it seem like forever until you are finished...and who wants a book you're not enjoying to drag on into eternity, you know?

    Totally with you on the matching set bit though I don't mind the unusual heights sometimes....provided if its a series it matches! My bookshelves, well...the REALLY BIG books are awkward, but I love em anyway.... *hugs big awkward storybook* ^_^

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    1. Big bad chunksters...ha! One of my problems is that I usually don't bother picking them up to see if I'd be interested. Going to give Janny a chance as I was assured I would like her. If not, I will probably be scarred for life and never pick up another chunkster ever again (and will do my best to make Tammy feel horribly guilty).

      Now storybooks are completely different! I love my big, awkward storybooks! *pets "Carl" books*

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  6. I did a post about chunksters last year and have decided 500 is the max for me. I already take a week to read most books and to give that time with possibility of not enjoying it, I can't do it.

    Change of series drives me crazy also, even if same size but I get book cover vs movie related cover, it is still not the same. Your not alone.

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    1. Didn't even think about the movie tie-in covers. Don't really like those and I usually prefer the original covers. Can't stand when they redo the covers halfway through a series and reissue all of the books! :(

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  7. I live in complete fear of hefty books. Anything over the 300 page mark starts to make my palms sweat. I think reviewing books has started making me see reading in a whole new way. Which is a bit sad. As for size, I'm doomed to have an uneven bookshelf but I don't mind. The only thing that would annoy me is it a series changes half way.

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one! And I've noticed I now read books differently too, which is both good and bad.

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  8. LOL! Great thoughts. I'm with you on all accounts! Especially the books that change covers mid series. Makes me so angry!

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    1. I know! It's like they expect us to buy the same book just for the new cover! I'm not quite that bad, but I have been known to buy the same book more than once because I don't recognize the cover. smh

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  9. Yes, and no. I like to keep my series the same though. But these days I'm finding it harder to do with some series. And it's not my fault, it's the way they come. I've got a few huge books here, but haven't got to reading one in a long time.

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    1. One of these days I'll overcome my fear and tackle a chunkster. Maybe I'll make it a New Year's Resolution! *L*

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  10. Obviously a gremlin in blogger, that's twice I've pressed publish only to find myself on a page to set up a new blog.

    Not afraid of the chunkster (great word), in fact I prefer it to slimmer books. Print and chapter size are much more important to me as I find myself reluctant to read books with tiny print and though chapter length wouldn't put me off a book I do like one with good size chapters that are neither too long nor too short.

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    1. I don't like tiny print, but the big hardcovers tend to be really heavy and the paperback versions are awkward. Listen to me, with even more excuses! One of these days...

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  11. Obviously a gremlin in blogger, that's twice I've pressed publish only to find myself on a page to set up a new blog.

    Not afraid of the chunkster (great word), in fact I prefer it to slimmer books. Print and chapter size are much more important to me as I find myself reluctant to read books with tiny print and though chapter length wouldn't put me off a book I do like one with good size chapters that are neither too long nor too short.

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  12. Oh, I am afraid of the chunky books. Mostly because I worry about not having time to get through them. I also hate, hate the tall paperback. I mean, why? I can't put it in my bag.

    Interesting ponder.

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    1. Yeah, the tall paperback is a mystery. I mean really publishers, why? Just, why? :(

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  13. I definitely shy away from chunksters! I have a few sitting around of course, and want to get to them buuuuut... you know. The smaller books are quicker! Although some short books are so intense that they turn out to be slower reads than I expect!

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  14. Bigger isn't always better, but I must admit... I do like them! :) I say, don't be scared by them. It's still just reading one page at a time!

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