Does Size Matter?
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a tad tired of a couple of the sidebar images here at Book, Line, and Sinker. The cover of Stephen King’s weighty Under the Dome has been roosting in the coveted ‘Listening To” and ‘On My Kindle’ spots for weeks now; the next time I get the genius idea of borrowing a 30-CD audio book from the library, kindly remind me of this folly.
Coming in at 1,074 pages, Under the Dome is the longest book I’ve ever listened to and one of the lengthiest I’ve read in quite a while. Last year I reveled in all 1,048 delicious pages of Gone With the Wind, but it did take me almost a week to get through it.
I’ve heard of a few challenges that deal specifically with long books (chunksters, in the colloquial) but haven’t had the fortitude to sign up. I’m not necessarily daunted by books in excess of 600 pages but find that my attention starts to wander if the books are too long.
My wandering eye gets me in trouble (with books, that is) and I’ll often pick up a shorter book and read it while still in the middle of a chunkster. Heck, I sometimes cheat on short books too–I’ll read two or three books at the same time!
I can’t promise that Under the Dome will be disappearing from my sidebar anytime soon–I just started disc 11 today, 19 more to go–but I did read a great book review over at Write Meg! that I might just have to download onto my Kindle.
If you’re so inclined, I have a few questions about your take on longer books:
- Do you avoid chunksters?
- Do you have a personal ‘page limit’ or is that too restrictive for your reading habits?
- What was the last chunkster you read?