Summer Reading: Quickies and Doorstoppers

Posted by Jade on August 5, 2015

As serious advocates of summer reading, we've given you books on beaches, the perfect audiobooks for long road trips and a list of 14 of the summer's hottest books!

But there are still more ways to organize your summer reading! A train ride, a flight, or a weekend getaway is the perfect time for a quickie—a riveting read under 200 pages. On the other hand, maybe you have endless hours of vacation time to while away; just the right setting for a doorstopper—a thick, juicy slab of story over 500 pages. We've found you four of each, all just published this year.

Would you rather read a quickie or a doorstopper?

Very Good Lives
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How many hours do you think it would take you to read a quickie? How about a doorstopper?

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message 1: by Erika (new)

Erika I prefer à combo of long - short books. Still on vacation, at home, reading Bill Clinton's My Life (almost 1000 pgs). Pretty good!

message 2: by Judith (new)

Judith I like big books and I cannot lie.

message 3: by Arpita (new)

Arpita Kayal A book of interest can either be quickies or just depends on the mood...a perfect combo of skinny or fat books will simply be appreciated

message 4: by Sally (new)

Sally Wragg A doorstopper is more satisfying I think, so long as it merits its length.

message 5: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Keller Quality over quantity!

message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kubica If I KNOW I'm going to have an abundance of free time in a week or two block I might pick up a door stopper. I don't often read super quick reads though either.(I realize that sentence is put together wrong. I'm just too lazy to figure out how I should have said that. LOL) Usually a 300 pg book that I can finish in a week devoting an hour or so a day is what I go for.

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* It depends on the book. I like both. I prefer over 200 pages but under 500 though so my preferred is the in between

message 8: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I care less about length, and more about the content, although I do have a certain weakness for good anthologies!

message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary I don't judge the book by its size same way I don't judge it by its cover. I do judge it by the story and the writing style altogether.
A short book doesn't mean it's a quick read. I have read short books which seemed to drag on forever. I have also read very big books which I have finished quicker than the short book.
I love a book whether it's big or small if it is a good one!
Sometimes the writing style makes up for the lack of story or the other way around. But it's everything combined that keeps you reading and has you refering to a book as a "quick read".

message 10: by Lucinda (new)

Lucinda Jordan I just love a good story whether it be long or short! I'm a book lover no matter, I love to lose myself in a great book!!!! :)

message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kubica Reemi wrote: "so to be clear:
< 200 pages is a "short book" / quickie
> 500 pages is a "big book" / door stopper

what do you call a book with 200-500 pages?"

I was wondering the same thing. :) Hopefully someone has an answer for us.

message 12: by CybcA╥ (new)

CybcA╥ Jackie wrote: "Quality over quantity!"

I agree.

message 13: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Brand I enjoy both. I am currently reading Winter Of The World, second in the Century Trilogy by Kenneth Follett. All three books are over 900 pages. I should think they would be counted as two books each for the Goodreads reading challenge.

message 14: by Roqayeh (new)

Roqayeh I choose short books

message 15: by Iris (new)

Iris The length of a book doesn't entice or deter me really. I love them long or short, so long as it's a good read.

message 16: by Mutturaj (new)

Mutturaj I choose short books below 300 pages.

message 17: by Kay (new)

Kay J both would suffice me, I'm not picky when it comes to a good book!

message 18: by David (new)

David Freas No preference as long as it's well-written and tells an engaging story peopled with characters I can feel a connection to.

message 19: by Elisa Santos (new)

Elisa Santos A short book can be as boring and long as hell if it´s not good; a long book can have such a great story that you finish all 1000 pages or such and beg for more.

I don´t have any preference: a mish-mash of fat and skinny books, as long as the stories are good.

message 20: by Curtiss (new)

Curtiss W. Good books come in all lengths. I have read short and long books that are horrible reads. I have also read short and long books that are magnificent reads. Great writing is great writing regardless of length and has a way of enticing individuals to keep reading regardless of the length. The only way horrible writing will do so is if one is terribly interested in the subject matter or it is required.

message 21: by Jason (last edited Aug 05, 2015 12:24PM) (new)

Jason Corfman In June and July, I prefer to read "quickies" to help inflate my numbers for my library's summer reading program (this year, I read 66 books in 64 days with an average book length of 125 pages... last year, I read 52 books, although I didn't track my page count).

I usually follow that up with a doorstop or two (or more, as I did last year with the last four books of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series). This year, I have two doorstops I want to get to shortly, but I have a couple non-quickie, non-doorstop books I need to get through first.

Otherwise, I don't care about the length.

Araceli.libros Big books stay with you longer! I think I prefer doorstoppers.

message 23: by Zita (new)

Zita H. K. I prefer mostly doorstoppers - if I like a book I don´t want it to end.

message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Feliciano I love all books but the bigger the better. I just don't have a lot of time to read them with an active 11 month old to chase around. So for now the "quickies" win.

message 25: by Paul (new)

Paul While I agree with the comments above stating that quality is far more important than quantity, given a possibly hypothetical situation where the quality across the board is exactly equal, I must admit that I prefer a good long book... or even a good long series of books!

Reading that back, it would appear I feel the same way about sentences... Hemingway would not approve!

message 26: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather Quickies, definitely. Best a book not wear out its welcome.

message 27: by Hákon (new)

Hákon Gunnarsson Jackie wrote: "Quality over quantity!"

I completely agree with that.

message 28: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 I'll prefer a quick one. The big ones are for the winter not for the beach for me.

message 29: by Axel (new)

Axel Wilson Nydén Quality over quantity, but I have nothing against big books. Although smaller books are obviously easier to carry around.

message 30: by Debbi (new)

Debbi Quality always, whether it be long or short! I like to alternate between the short and long, just as I like to alternate between intense stories and light reading.

message 31: by Lori (new)

Lori as others said quality would be important, a short read or a long one. If it is a great read I am sticking with it.

message 32: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse If it's well-written, I don't care if it's 100 pages or 1000 pages.

I had to laugh when I saw the question, though. I maintain a list of potential future reads for a book club. Many times I've threatened to remove the page number info from descriptions because it seems to be the first thing some look at when deciding if they want to read a book. We've voted down some pretty good books because they were "too long" to consider.

message 33: by Xristina (new)

Xristina Liosi The bigger,the better...Even if a short book is very good, I always feel unsatisfied and wish for more pages.Each great book is a love story and nobody wants love to end!

message 34: by C. J. (new)

C. J. Scurria For vacation last year I got to read a good short book. This year I got to read at least PART of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Whether I can finish this one or not time will tell as I am not a quick reader.

message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

It doesn't matter how long a book is! The content is what matters!

message 36: by Ron (new)

Ron Completing a good doorstopper feels great. Then I take a break.

message 37: by S.K (new)

S.K Jackie wrote: "Quality over quantity!"

I agree

message 38: by Ema (new)

Ema I wish I could read more quickies, but I always seem to get sucked into doorstoppers--which is not helping my annual challenge.

message 39: by Yoly (new)

Yoly Jennifer wrote: "Reemi wrote: "so to be clear:
< 200 pages is a "short book" / quickie
> 500 pages is a "big book" / door stopper

what do you call a book with 200-500 pages?"

I was wondering the same thing. :) "

Medium length books? :P

message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

I love both quick reads and doorstoppers. The doorstoppers usually get read when I have a bit of time on my hands bacause I don't like starting them when it may take months to finish then it gets hard to remember what's going on :)

message 41: by Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius (last edited Aug 06, 2015 06:15AM) (new)

Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius my reading varies through out the year. Pages varies from 74 pages to 1482 pages.My problem I can not read just one book I need to read a minimum of 5 books. I am happy with both

message 42: by Adalis (new)

Adalis I'm fine with both. It just depends on my mood.

message 43: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Depends on the day. And who says you can't love both? A doorstopper is lovely sometimes, but there is a satisfaction in a quick read that deserves credit.

message 44: by Alana (new)

Alana more than 200 less than 500 so whatever you call that is my usual read

message 45: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life I don't mind both. But really it just depends on my mood and how much time I have to get the reading done in the first place. So although I don't mind both, lately I have for sure been down with quickies so to speak or at least medium length books I can finish in a few days instead of weeks.

message 46: by Joi (new)

Joi J. (née Vaughn) I will read a mixture but I tend to stick with doorstoppers. Majority of the books that I currently have are doorstoppers and I'm usually reading at least 3-4 at a time. I'm currently reading about 9 but only two or three of those I started but haven't touched in a while, the rest I'm actively reading and they're all at least 1200 pages. I like big books and I cannot lie! :)

message 47: by Karen (new)

Karen Cowgill It depends on the book. Desperation, by Stephen King, was read in appx 12 (almost) uninterrupted hours!

message 48: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I'll read both but like the door stopper better. The uncut version of THE STAND is my favorite!

message 49: by Robin (new)

Robin In this case size doesn't matter.

message 50: by Sara (new)

Sara Naveed The book should be good enough to capture my attention. Don't mind if it's a quickie or a door-stopper :)

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