Some romance writing friends and I recently tackled the question, does size matter?
Get your mind out of the gutter – we were discussing books and reading preferences. I consider myself an equal opportunity reader. Shorter books help me feel more productive as a reader and fit easier in my purse. I tend to buy more short works as ebooks.
I prefer a paper book for longer works. For one thing, I can flip back pages easier if I’ve lost track of the narrative thread. When a book takes me over 8 days to read, this can happen. Also, I can use post it flags to mark passages I love, maps or casts of characters.
There is a real artistry in both forms. As much as I love Stephen King and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, well written short novels loom large in my mind. James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Jennifer Johnston’s haunting and hard to find Fool’s Sanctuary, and anything Ray Bradbury. I could go on, but I won’t. Short books have taught me the value of brevity.
What do you prefer reading? Why? Any suggestions?