Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks’s topic is books that we wish were shorter – or longer.
I have a love/hate relationship with long books. On one hand, so mnay really good books are also really long books and that tends to put people into a mindset that long books are worth it. At the same time, long books take time to read and enjoy and, I don’t know about you, but I spend the whole time thinking of all the other books that I could be reading instead of this big huge thing that I’m slogging through. Like I said, love/hate.
So today, I have a list of six books that I wish were shorter – and, because I’m still feeling like a rebel, a couple of books that I wish were longer. Because #yolo.
Let’s Break it down:
Books I Wish Were Shorter
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo. Les Mis is my favorite musical and I’ve always wanted to read the entire book – I’ve read a few sections for French or history classes in high school and college – but the copy that I have is over a thousand pages long, and, to be honest, its SUPER intimidating. I know it will be worth it once I’ve read it, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
- Every book ever written by Sarah J Maas. Yo Sarah, WHY ARE YOUR BOOKS SO FREAKING HUGE. I know they’ll be worth it but OH MY GOD THEY ARE HUGE.
- Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling. This book has ruined many a series reread attempt. This book almost single-handedly derailed my love of the series because I was freaking angry. Because Umbridge (among other things). As in I set the book down and didn’t pick it up again for six months. I was that mad. Add angst-ridden Harry and it makes it hard for me to get into this book.
- The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The sad part about this is I’ve read the first three already. And I want to reread them before their respective seasons air. But they are LONG. They’re chock full of lots of historical detail (and Jamie and Roger – ugh Roger yassssss), but again, making time to sit down and read a looooooong book isn’t always something that I feel like I should be doing.
- Under the Dome by Stephen King. This is a book that is so long that I don’t even know that I’m ever going to read it. The size put me off the first time I read it and was the main reason that I didn’t continue past the first few chapters – I was getting ready to go back to school, had summer reading to finish, etc. – and almost ten years later, I haven’t gone back.
- A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin. See above. Though I may tackle this one AFTER all the books have been published.
Books I Wish Were Longer
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This one is kind of selfish because I don’t want it to end! I’ve actually put off reading Stars Above because I know that they last story is the epilogue to the series and I can’t do that to myself. I became so attached to these characters (aka my babies) that this series could go on and on and on forever and I would never get bored. Wires and Nerves will help though.
- Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. If you think it’s weird that I have a Cassandra Clare book under books that I wish were longer, don’t. She might write some chunky books, but I always read them quickly. Actually there’s a very specific reason that I wish this book was longer. I feel like the ending was rushed a bit could have used a bit of more time to say goodbye to these characters. I also can’t deal with let these guys go either.
That’s it for me this time. What book do you wish were shorter (or longer)?