I love big books and I cannot lie. It’s true, I’m one of those people that prefers huge, big books over short books. I love completely immersing myself in a world and getting to know all the details about it. But I will also be the first to admit that big books can be daunting. They’re a commitment, and because of that we often don’t feel like it’s the right time and we should be in the perfect mindset to read them.
I think this is where we go wrong. Over the years, I’ve come to the realization that it’s never going to be the right time to read that one specific book. What is the perfect mood to read IT by Stephen King? Is there even a mood for books like that?
Instead, I divide up my huge books now. I usually ‘sandwich’ my big books between two shorter books, sometimes nonfiction. I find that if I read a short book, I often crave a longer, more intense story. But then after I’ve finished the book, I read something completely different and almost always lighthearted. Poetry is also good. Just anything to switch it up!
Something else I do is that whenever I decide to start reading a big, daunting book, I give myself the time to read as much as I can in the first sitting. Big books often have a lot of worldbuilding and other introductory stuff at the beginning, so it’s good to get it out of the way asap. Not that worldbuilding isn’t fun, but if you stop in the middle of it, it might be hard to pick the book back up.
Then, if I feel sluggish in the middle of the book, I let myself put it down for a bit and read a short novel(la) or short story just to mix things up. Big books sometimes struggle with pacing so it can be a challenge to stay engaged! If you panic, divide it up! A 1,000 page novel can look super daunting, but reading 30 pages a day doesn’t have to be.