You know what’s interesting? I never had an issue before with long books before. I picked up a book and I read it. If it was really long, that just meant I’d read it in two days instead of one. (Oh, those glorious YA days when I could actually do nothing except read all day.) Long story short, the length of a book never deterred me from picking it up or reading it. But now?
I look at the book. It looks fat. Flip to the end and– holy crap, 1000 pages?? I could read TWO (maybe even three!) books in the time it’d take me to read this one. And when will I have the time??
It’s not that I don’t WANT to read these huge tomes. It’s just that typically, I don’t get to read much during the week days. (If we could all just quit our jobs and read, wouldn’t that be amazing?! Ha) So it’s not that I’m a slow reader, I’ve always been a fast reader, but if I don’t have time to read, it’ll probably take me a week to get through anything. So I know if I start a LONG book, I’m dedicating possibly multiple weeks to it. And THAT is daunting, especially when we all have humongous TBR piles and ARCs and that huge bottomless pit of ebooks side eyeing you when you pick up that big book. I’m not the only one that feels this way, right??
So do I never read a long book again? That’d be absurd. So here is how I’ve finally gotten around my dilemma.
Audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks when I drive and it’s awesome, especially because I do have a bit of a commute to and from work. (I never thought I’d be an audiobook convert but I became one last year!) For some reason when I listen to audio, the amount of time I take to get through it doesn’t bother me as much. I think it’s because I get rarer instances of a chunk of time to sit down and read whereas I can listen to audio on the go/anytime. That is actually how I am currently taking on A Feast for Crows — it’s a whopping 34 hours long on audio but I’m chugging through it! I honestly don’t think I would’ve picked it up to read otherwise.
Another way I will finally tackle a long book is buddy reads! I read Drums of Autumn as a buddy read with Tammy in March and I KNOW I would never have read it otherwise. Not only is the book super long but I felt like it had such a slow start that I am positive if it weren’t for the fact that I was reading WITH someone, I would’ve stopped and never tried again. I am also currently buddy reading Hero of Ages with Rebecca (my buddy reads with Rebecca are a whole other epic story aka whole other post) and the fact that we ARE buddy reading it is how I’m finally getting to it! (I read Mistborn and Well of Ascension last fall but other books distracted me from HoA and if it weren’t for the fact that we get to read it together and talk about it, it probably would’ve sat on my TBR for who knows how long.)
I think these are the two main tactics I use to get to those long books — and I guess I should’ve clarified earlier but by long I mean closer to the 1000 pg side of things.