I Love Slow Books

Hey guys, I’m here to talk about my love for slower paced novels. Not only slower paced but almost meandering in the plot as well. I can’t help it, if you give me an aesthetic I love, I don’t need the plot to go anywhere fast or anywhere much at all.

I forgot how much I love books like that until the last couple of reads for me have been almost cathartic while others reading the same books were like ‘Haley, no. Boring AF.’ Or ‘What’s wrong with you, it had like no plot.’ I do not know, there’s probably a long list on what’s wrong with me lol, but, something about a slower moving book just makes my heart happy.

You want to write 300 pages about wandering around Paris and looking at lace patterns? Probably gonna be a five star read for me. I don’t know why but I’ve always enjoyed these almost glacial paced books or non-moving (plot wise) stories that just fill a little void that other books don’t. I love small details, I love atmosphere so if you give me those two things, do whatever the hell else you please because I am 100% there.

There’s like maybe a couple of cases where I don’t always appreciate a billion small details *stares at you Bilbo’s birthday party scene* but usually they hit the spot for me.

I think life is a little too hectic for me. I do love drama, politics, high stakes and fast pacing. All of that is just as good for me but sometimes when my life is too much I need to escape to a world where things are slower. Building things up and just taking your time, is just as amazing as going so fast that people are gripping the edge of their seats to keep up with the pacing. They’re just two very different things to offer a reader.

Right now? I am kinda flipping between fast paced and glacial books and it’s keeping the right sort of balance for me. I wish I could just always intuitively know what sort of pacing I’m going to need but sometimes I don’t realize it until I pick just the right book and let out a sigh of relief as I read details that let me sit back and not stress with the characters lol.

What sort of pacing do you like to have in your reads?

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

3 replies on “I Love Slow Books”

I’ve always preferred faster paced books but I think that’s mostly because I sat in the urban fantasy genre for so long, that I’m used to the quicker pace and prefer it to slower paced books. However if done right, I can quite happily enjoy a slower paced book, if the characters are taking the lead for instance. If the characters aren’t really fleshed out or are flat then I’ll just be struggling because slow pace with a plot driven book isn’t really for me.

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