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I love big books because I know I can spend days reading it and the potential storylines seem endless.


Love getting into a doorstop tome. I feel I can live with the characters longer. Mind you sometimes shorter books if well written can have a lasting effect.

Julie Fredericksen

Another vote for the doorstop tome. Especially if I am shopping to buy a book. I want more bang for the buck.

A Bookish Space

I read both types depending on what I am in the mood for.


I love the doorstop-like tome because I think it will last for longer time than the thin ones... but I don't discriminate, I read all what I can


The bigger the better!

adele geras

I'm for fat books, generally speaking. Though I sometimes leave a thick book in hardback behind when I'm going on a train and stick a little pbk into the handbag...I know, I know, there are ebooks, Kindles etc but I'm attached to the real thing. And Dombey and son in one nice fat volume did me for a whole week away last year....four nights in Venice and train both ways!


Hard choice...both I'd say. I love big books, but midding books put me off more than small ones.


I like both, in fact I like to be reading both at the same time. I adore the chunky books that are with me for a week or sometimes weeks, but also books that I whiz through in a day or two.


I like both. I love big, fat 19th century novels, I've just finished Man & Wife by Wilkie Collins, & I love to immerse myself in a long book. But, I've just started Nancy Mitford's Don't tell Alfred which is quite slim & I've just taken a few more books off the tbr shelves & they're all thinnish. I like to alternate.


Nothing like a big juicy book, so long as I can hold it comfortably in bed. There is nothing more irritating than a book almost finished, but you can feel the weight of a comfortable amount of pages left until the conclusion. You turn a page, only to find the book is ending, and the remaining pages are the first chapter of another book by the same author. I rage every time and feel cheated. As I am not the sort of reader to peruse the last pages of a book I have not finished so I always have no warning. It has the opposite effect on me that I imagine publishers hope it will. Let's face it, if I have enjoyed a book by an author, I am grown up enough to be able to find more by the same without the spoon feeding.

A slim book can be a gift. Short eough to read maybe in one uninterrupted sitting.

Dark Puss

Twenty pages or four hundred matters not but the quality of the writing does.


What I really like are books that are printed in such a way as to give you maximum words for minimum weight. I really loath trade paperbacks with huge print and margins and extra blank pages at the beginning and end. I have a wonderful set of the Austen novels printed in two volumes, each of which is smaller than a mass-market paperback. They use bible paper and small print and are perfect for travelling.

Simon T

You know my answer to this ;-) Short, please!


I love fat books - many of Anthony Trollope are of doorstep size and it is great to immerse yourself in a read like that. It all depends on the mood though, sometimes a short book is just what you want. I have just taken delivery of the paperback of Wolf Hall and having looked at the first page am not sure I can read it.....and it is FAT

Margaret Powling

First the story is paramount, then the print (can I really sit and read 400 pages or more of this print on this paper?) and finally the length ... I prefer books which comes in at around 300 pages but have recently read books which are much longer. I have to say, they are not necessarily better for the length. I often feel stories of more than 400 pages have been well padded to reach the required publisher's length to warrant the cover price in order to give a decent return. And large, fat books are so much more difficult to read in bed!

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