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Old 05-24-2022, 08:42 PM
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I have a love/hate relationships with books that have short chapters because I say, ďjust one more chapterĒ and then finish the book just before I have to wake up for work.

Now Iím reading a book with long chapters- I keep telling myself, ďI just have to get to the end of this chapterÖ.Ē I started it last night and am 75% done (guess who got a few minutes of sleep last night?)

What do you prefer? Short chapters or long ones? Or are you like me and you use the lengths of the chapters as an excuse to never stop reading?


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Old 05-24-2022, 10:02 PM
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I love books with short chapters. Fools me into thinking I'm making good progress. Never mind that the book has eight million chapters! Haha
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Old 05-25-2022, 02:23 AM
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I prefer short chapters. I donít sit still for very long. I like finishing a chapter so I can move for a little bit, then read another.
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Old 05-25-2022, 02:52 AM
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I also like shorter chapters because I feel I'm making headway! I'm not averse to stopping mid-chapter, however. I love the free, publisher bookmarks my indie bookstore has available at checkout.
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Old 05-25-2022, 03:49 AM
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I like to finish at the end of a chapter. I agree, it is easy to say, one more it is short. And then one more, and then ........


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Old 05-25-2022, 04:18 AM
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I prefer short chapters too. Sometimes I think of them as commercial breaks, so I can get up to get a drink or whatever. Psychological I know
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Old 05-25-2022, 05:14 AM
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Iíve never even thought about the length of chapters because I stop whenever Iím ready (and I think end-of-chapter often intentionally leaves something hanging and hard to resist). However, I detest ridiculously long paragraphs (like more than an entire page). I also dislike chapter titles.
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Old 05-25-2022, 10:27 AM
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Loooooong chapters for me!
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Old 05-25-2022, 02:09 PM
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I prefer shorter chapters and shorter books but, that said, I stop when I canít read any more for whatever reason. I donít feel compelled to finish a chapter before I stop reading.
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Old 05-25-2022, 05:06 PM
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I love LONG books but I do like short chapters so I can finish at the end of a chapter, even when I don't have a ton of time to read.
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I also dislike chapter titles.
Amiga - I've never heard anyone say that! Why do you dislike them? I find the titles in some books to be an important part of the story, or I use them to go back and find a specific part.


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Old 05-25-2022, 05:11 PM
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I dislike chapter titles because (I know this is weird and itís JMO) I feel like Iím reading the authorís outline or story map. Iíd rather just read the story. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 05-26-2022, 05:32 PM
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I never used to pay attention to chapter lengths- but since I have been reading electronic books, it always says how much time left to read the chapter. I have always regulated my reading by time, and this works for me. I used to tell myself I had x amount of time to read, and then I had to do what ever needs to be done. Now that it tells me how much time per chapter so I go by that.

Amiga- I donít even notice chapter titles!
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