Sunday, July 3, 2011
Some Books are Just Too Long
I am currently reading Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves and feeling like it is a chore. Don't get me wrong. I want to know what is going to happen and I want to finish reading it, but I think this is exactly the size and weight of what is referred to as a 'tome'. Her first novel, The Historian, was also quite long but I found it fascinating especially the descriptions of the foreign locations that the author seems to know well.
This caused me to reflect on my response to certain books and authors I have been reading of late. I couldn't put Mary Kay Andrews chic-lit Summer Rental down. In contrast Eric Larson's In the Garden of Beasts is just as compelling as his Devil in the White City. Both are non-fiction. With so many titles waiting for me, perhaps I need to learn to stop reading when I realize a book isn't going to transport me.