Sorry for the Sir Mix-a-lot reference. I just can’t help myself! Now that I got that out of my system, onto the big books discussion…
Are You Intimidated by Big Books?
Do big books make you nervous?? I recently finished The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch and, although I loved it immensely, it was a little intimidating at 800 pages. Now, in retrospect, 800 pages isn’t the longest book I’ve ever attempted reading. But it’s still longer than the average book. It took me quite awhile to get through Marina M. and it’s not because it wasn’t an amazing story. I loved everything about it, and when I got around to picking it up, I was immediately whisked away into the life and experiences of the protagonist, Marina.
It was the fact that the book was JUST. SO. BIG. Like, massive. While reading it in bed, I had trouble holding it up, especially when I was nearer either the beginning or the end. I always had to lay it in my lap, which made me strain my neck. It stared me down at all hours of the day, and since I carry my current read with me everywhere, my bag was very heavy to lug around. (I know… first world problems, am I right?) I feel like I have this problem with big books over 400 pages.
For my November TBR, I put both Marina M. and Sleeping Beauties on my list to read this past month. Unbeknownst to me, I didn’t really think about both of these books being extremely long. Sleeping Beauties clocks in at 702 pages, and now I’m afraid to pick it up. I love the premise of the story, and I can’t wait to get to it. But my experience with Marina M. has me a little daunted. At least with Marina M., the story really pulled me in, but will Sleeping Beauties be the same?
I keep pushing Sleeping Beauties back on my TBR, making choices based on the amount of books I can read in a month and what I’m most interested in reading. I’m definitely not usually a speed reader! What I’m most afraid of is completely shelving Sleeping Beauties and never getting around to it. All because I’m afraid of big books!
I remember the first time I read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Obviously, if you split the books up (since there are three), it doesn’t seem that long. But, altogether, the trilogy is over 1200 pages! I first read the entire trilogy when I was about 15, and I still remember how intimidating it was for me. I managed to finish the whole thing in about a month, which isn’t great. But for teenage me that is definitely not bad! And the story is utterly amazing, so I can’t complain in that department.
So my question to you is: what big books intimidated you the most? Did you finally get around to them, or are they just collecting dust on your shelf? If you DID read them, how was the experience overall? Chime in below!