Like people, novels come in different sizes. With the rise in obesity, I don’t know what the average size of a human being might be, but I do know that the average for a novel is around 300 pages or 100,000 words – although it varies between genres, just as the average for a person can vary across countries. As a fairly small person, I’m nevertheless sometimes surprised to encounter a member of the same species who is two or three times the size of me. I suppose we have some kind of “standard” in our heads. Is it the same with novels?
I picked out these ten novels because I enjoyed them all, but generally I tend to prefer average-sized books. Too short, and it might not stick in my mind, especially if there’s no overnight sleep between reading periods. Too long, and – unless it’s really good – I start fretting about all the other books waiting on my TBR shelf. Even so, I’m not sure this is logical. So what about you? Do you have a preferred length for your fiction fix?