Thursday’s Top 4: books that could have been longer

Happy Thursday, everyone! Find out more about Thursday’s Top 4 here! It’s basically a meme I started mainly for myself, but anyone can participate! Visit this page for the upcoming topics 🙂

This week the topic is books that could have been longer. Honestly, a lot of the time, I don’t mind shorter books, and there aren’t many books that I think could’ve been longer. There’s going to be a common theme throughout this post: my biggest issue with all of these books is that they weren’t as developed as I would’ve wanted. Their length ultimately didn’t allow for there to be enough development in either the characters, plot, or pacing.

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I loved the story and the characters in this book, but I felt like it was too short to really build any tension. Something would happen and then we would move on to the next scene. It just felt too fast, and I wish it could’ve been 100 pages longer.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Ditto here. Or I wish the length was better utilized. There was just something lacking in this book for me, and I think the story just wasn’t as developed as it could’ve been.

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

Again, I just felt like this book was too short to really build enough tension. Maybe it’s because I read it so quickly, but I also feel like it could’ve been longer.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

My biggest issue with this book was, again, lack of character development and tension. I just wish we got a bit more time with the characters to really understand their motivations.

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So those are some books I wish were longer! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Are there any books you wish were longer? Let me know!!

Ally xx

11 thoughts on “Thursday’s Top 4: books that could have been longer

  1. I do agree that Every Heart a Doorway could have been longer. Same with All Systems Red by Martha Wells. However, both of those books were also written as novellas and not novels, so it makes sense that they are shorter. My bigger complaint is that they are still marketed (and priced) as full-length novels, and not as novellas. It means unless you know ahead of time what format it was written in, you have no clues to expect something other than a full novel.

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