I have a confession. I judge actual books by their covers. Well, at least, covers help me to notice certain books over others. I’ve discussed it before and it is what it is. What I admit to you now is that I am prejudiced of fat books. They intimidate me and I edge away from them.
The thing is, I’ve read fat books and they’ve been amazing. The fourth and fifth Harry Potter books are obese. In fact, I know a few people who were too intimidated to read on in the series because of their size, despite how much I convinced them that it was good reading. Even so, I’m still intimidated by big books.
The reason is that every new book is a risk. When I discover a book and start to read it, I am either extremely optimistic or pessimistic about it. Not a great place to start, on either end. The thing is, if I am not sure if I will like a book, I don’t want to venture into one that is so large.
Why not just stop reading if it doesn’t turn out to be as captivating as you would like?
Curse you and your rational questions. Well, I have another problem that I am slowly getting through. I know I am not alone in this. I have an illogical need to finish books once I start them, even if they suck. It doesn’t help that I understand that you can learn from reading bad books, so I torture myself through to the end.
What about all those books that didn’t suck that you still only half-read?
Shut up, voice in my head. You’re getting off topic.
Anyway, I know that this is a stupid peeve to have. After all, I have read some of the worst books that were mega short and it felt like they would never end. Still, when someone tells me, “Wow, this is the best book ever, read it!” only to put the book in my hand and have me fall over from the weight of it, I’m reluctant.
I have a family friend who bought me a book for my birthday last year. He told me it was meant to be really good. It was huge. I still haven’t read it.
He asked me at one stage if I had read the book yet. Awk-ward. The gist of my response – at least in my head – was, ‘That is the fattest book I have ever seen…and it’s in paperback!’
Fat books – I fear them. Does anyone else have this issue? Come on, raise your hands. I won’t judge. Okay, maybe a little.