However, there are others who feel quite differently about thin books. One of my favorite book reviewers and book soulmates, Small Review, really enjoys a lot of thin books, even some that I have found quite dull in their shortness.
So these aren't a major part of this post, because it's thick VS thin, but I don't think it would be fair if I skip over this size of book because it is the most popular and pretty much everyone can handle a medium sized book. Page count would range from 250-450, I'd say. Like the above book, Airman.
As you've probably already guessed, I tend to lean toward the thick spectrum of things. I don't go for the above pictured type of big all the time, but when I do, it's glorious. The richness of the story is something I find I only get when reading something long and drawn out. Page count would be higher than 450 pages.
Thick books are usually the type of books you read when you get into a long, drawn out fantasy series - or even just a trilogy. And while I could sit with a good, long, thick series for weeks, there are some thick books I did not enjoy. Wildwood, which was a good book in some aspects, was just too long and too descriptive for me to really enjoy. It could have been cut down to 450 pages and it would have been beautiful. However, the description was too much, and I found myself longing for simplicity.
Now, many would say that about the above featured book, The Count of Monte Cristo, one of my all time favorite books. I'll admit myself that it has quite a few random details that probably could have been left out. But for some reason, I loved them. I sucked in every detail and didn't care one bit if it affected the story or not. (The details usually did affect the story...just maybe not until later, and not how you'd expect.) It was all interesting to me. But others tell me, "If only an editor would come through and get rid of all that stuff and make it smaller, but not take away from the story."
(Oh, and if you're one of those people who's afraid to pick up the unabridged copy of The Count of Monte Cristo, then I recommend the Barnes and Noble copy. It waters it down just enough for you to not have to deal with so much extra stuff if you don't want to, but it's still the full story, in old English, and beautifully translated. I own both copies, just in case I want a lighter read of the story, that's still thick and is still amazing. But in my eyes, the original will always be most amazing. EVER.)
My personal choice - thick. In rain or shine, thick books keep me most company and I feel I can appreciate them more for their depth and character and story and general amazingness.
BUT......It's all a matter of opinion - thick or thin - and then after that it all boils down to what you have time for, what you're in the mood for, and what interests you. You could be in the mood for a thick book because it's summer and you have time, you're in the mood for something sad, and you like paranormal. If this is the case, I suggest Before I Fall. ;)
Leave me your thoughts!I want to know how you all feel about thick and/or thin books and what you prefer!!
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