The Length of Books

Have you ever thought about how long a book is? Yes, it’s 400 pages, or 236 or whatever. But how long did it take you to read? I’ve realised that some books take a whole lot longer to read than others. Isn’t that odd?

I read the latest Harry Potter in 2.5 days. That was 500 (check exact amount) pages. I’m currently reading a book called Blackbird House, which is really good, but it’s taken me two weeks already and I’m not even halfway. This book is 250 (check amount) pages. Isn’t it funny how we read some books quicker than others? Or at least I do. Admittedly it might also have something to do with the fact that I don’t have a lot of time to read at the moment. I used to read for an hour before going to sleep, but because of lack of time I now spend that hour writing on my manuscript instead of reading. So my reading time is currently varying between limited and non-existing.

But that’s the thing though, isn’t it? When it comes to certain books we make time. It doesn’t matter if we have to clean our house, cook dinner, or whatever it is that you currently need to do. You still read.

I have a few authors I read where I have that. I just put everything aside when something comes out and read their new book. Those authors are J.K. Rowling (of course), Julia Quinn and Teresa Medeiros. Any other author I can somehow contend myself for a bit before opening that book. Some authors I might not be able to put down once I start, but I can put off the starting. These three authors though. I don’t know why, but I’m unable to not read them.

Does anyone else have something similar to this? Do you read some books quicker than others? Are there authors that you simply cannot put off reading?

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  2. Haven Rich says:

    Emily, I agree totally.

    I noticed not too long ago that some books just fly by and others seem to matter how great they are.

    I just finished reading Lisa Kleypas’ book Devil In Winter in only three days. While the book before took me two weeks. They were both great reads and I felt like I took my time with each but still one just flew by and the other didn’t.

    Hope all is going well with you and can’t wait to read your blog this week on RI.

    Chat later,
    Haven Rich

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