Poll: Your Favourite Reads – length

Which is/are your favourite read/s (word count)?


Does the genre depend on the word count – or the other way round?


What are your thoughts? Thrill me!Β  πŸ™‚



13 thoughts on “Poll: Your Favourite Reads – length

  1. It depends on what the author has to say, and how he says it. The voice of James Lee Burke requires more words. Others require less. To me, it depends, as I said, on what the author wants you to feel/know/learn and how well she does it. A sad case of an author who was totally burned out and didn’t know what she wanted to write, but wanted to pump out the words is the last volume of the Harry Potter series. They just wandered around the countryside, fighting amongst themselves, for 3/4 of the book. BORING….

    I do write longer reviews in most cases. What the book had to say, what worked for me, what didn’t work for me. I figure, if people don’t want to read them, they won’t. However, if they really want to get a feel for whether or not they would like it, then they will pay attention to what I have to say. Sometimes my most helpful reviews are the ones you disagree with!

    • Thank you for this detailed comment, Leiah. πŸ™‚
      There are truly man aspects to be considered: writing style, genre and/or topic, the writer’s inspiration, the reader’s tolerance – just to name a few.
      I really enjoy that each of us book bloggers has a different style. I follow many book bloggers, keep my own brand, though. Authenticity is important – for writers and for book bloggers.

  2. I’m a believer of succinct blogs. When they are overly wordy, I skip over them but then I’m here mostly for photography with exceptions for poetry and a few bloggers who do the written word.

    • I tend to read the shorter bloggers, as well. I’ll read long books, but it’ll take me a long time, and I’ll read shorter books in between. I like children’s novels best, though, so my word count preference is much shorter – and definitely ties in with genre.

      • Good point. I like reading long books too….well when I used to read haha. Have you ever seen the children’s book, “Cat Heaven” or “Dog Heaven”? It teaches a child about losing a pet. I don’t know many children’s books but I give this book to friends who have lost a furry friend.

      • I’ve heard of it, but haven’t read it before. There are a lot of good picture books that explore changes, grief and death. I think books are a great medium to help children with such abstract ideas πŸ™‚

      • Interesting thoughts, Zee. As we all are interested in many blogs, shorter blog posts seem to be favourable.
        Book-wise it depends on the genre, and to the writer’s style.

  3. I well written story should leave you with the impression of infinite words (a story that never leaves your mind) using only as many words as necessary. A quick Google search revealed to me many surprises. That Midnight’s Children is over 200,000 words while The Great Gasby was less than 50,000. Wind in the Willows was less than 60,000 and even 1984 was less than 90,000.

    Many old classics are quite short. Back in the days of typewriters or before when stories were hand written, authors cared a lot less about word count. And that was a good thing.

    • Thankfully the quality does not depend on the word count – and the other way round.
      Until about four years ago, I didn’t like short stories at all. All short stories I knew were missing something important. In the meantime I have read many short stories and appreciate them a great deal.
      If you like a writer’s style and/or the genre, every length could be the right one.
      In my case, word counts are relevant for flash fiction, and time spans for reviews.

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