Question: Are There Some Genres That Take You Longer To Read Than Others?

Posted April 4, 2012 by Carmel in / 12 Comments

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Absolutely! Epic Fantasy books take me the longest to read. First off, they tend to generally have a lot more pages. I’m currently reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I started it on March 29th and I’m not even close to being half way done yet. I’m really loving this series and the fact that the second season of the TV show just started definitely helps but the writing is very descriptive and the book is 761 pages long. Yikes! That’s equal to what, about 2.5 regular books? Plus, I can’t help but switch between books to help break things up. I have review deadlines after all!

The second genre that takes me the longest to read has to be Paranormal Romance. However, it really depends on the book and the author’s style. If the book is strictly about a certain preternatural couple’s undying love for each other I end up struggling a bit. I need bouts of action in a story to help keep me interested; when the plot’s all ooey-gooey I get bored. Where’s the drama? Where’s the intrigue? I can only take so many “I love you’s” before I start gagging.

What about you?

Are There Some Genres That Take You Longer To Read Than Others?

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12 responses to “Question: Are There Some Genres That Take You Longer To Read Than Others?

  1. Jac

    I take FOREVER to read Thrillers and Fantasy novels – It’s one of those “I don’t want to miss a single detail” things, so I read really slow and then I get distracted because I’m reading slowly. LOL! It doesn’t matter how much I love the book, it ALWAYS happens that way.
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. I get utterly bored with epic fantasies so it takes me eons to finish one, but of the genres I enjoy it would have to be biographies. Occasionally I love hard-hitting journalism in the form of biographies, but not of famous people, but of people that have triumphed over some great travesty. Those take me FOREVER to read.

  3. Classic books. I just can’t read them fast. The only one I was ever able to read in less than a week was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Oh, and Shakespeare *swoon* Otherwise, every book that is called “classic” will be a hardship for me. At some point I have to stop reading, put the book away and grab something fun to read.

    Otherwise I read pretty fast. It usually depends on the book, its subject and the writing style. If the subject keeps me “inside” the book, I will more than likely raise my head at some point and realize it’s been hours since I last moved from my reading spot or put the book down. If the subject isn’t that engaging, then I’ll probably take a few breaks.

  4. Some literary fiction takes me a little longer. I read The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje recently, and I’m not sure if it was just because the prose was sooo pretty I had to dwell over every passage, or because it was written in a non-linear fashion, but that book took me a bit longer than most books of the same length.

  5. Literary classics take longer, but other than that, no I don’t think so. I think the better question would be are there genres that take less time to read.