I like owning big books. I like holding them. I like people asking me about them, or telling me I’m awesome for reading humongous and thick books.
But I don’t particularly love reading them. (I mean, I like them, but I don’t have any special love for them.)
In fact, big books intimidate me. A lot. Knowing there are hundreds of pages for me to push through, I have thoughts like:
What if I don’t understand anything I read?
What if I forget what happened in the fourth chapter as I start the fifth?
What if I end up DNFing this book because I’m too tired to keep going?
Those thoughts are scary. Very scary.
You’ll actually notice that most of the big books on my shelves (500 pages or more) remain unread years after I purchased them. YEARS. What the heck, Aimee? Yep. They mock me every night in my sleep.
If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll know that I’ve been reading Uprooted for forever. It’s only 450-ish pages, I’m already halfway, and I can’t seem to move on. I don’t even know why–I’m loving the story, but the sheer size of it is enough to put me off.
But there are some books that are 700-800 pages that I managed to finish, so here’s the golden question: How do I manage to read these chunky books?
Option #1: I read it on my Kindle. I love how on the Kindle (or Kindle app), you can track how far in you are in the book, how much time you have left in the book… And also how you can turn off this feature. Good bye intimidation!
Option #2: On physical copies, I cover the page numbers with my fingers/bookmark/t-shirt. Is that weird? It probably is, but it works for me!
Option #3: I go on Twitter and ask if anyone else enjoyed the book I’m reading. Once people say they LOVED it, I get more pumped to read despite the size of the book! (Most of the time.)
If you have any tips for me… I am open to suggestions. Seriously.
Do you like big books? Do have tips on how to not be intimidated by them?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.