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I know that all books are different, but one of the reasons that I love YA is because many of the books have short chapters. And then every once in a while I run into a book with super long chapters and I get really peeved. Why? You may ask. Or you may have already figured it out.
Well, I'm personally not a very fast reader (don't pay attention to my reading challenge seriously. I don't have a life at all. I just sit home and read lol). But I'm very picky about where I stop when I'm reading a book. It has to be at the end of a chapter, or at a break in a chapter, like this:
(and yes that is Throne of Glass)
I get really annoyed when I have to stop in the middle of a chapter. I don't get the closure I need and when I start back to reading I have trouble finding my place on the page, remembering what was happening. I remember reading one of the ASOFAF books (I think it was A Storm of Swords) and there was this one really really long Tyrion chapter. Half of the info I felt either wasn't relevant or could've been done by another perspective. And the chapter just went on and on and on. And I just wanted to go to sleep, but I refused to until I finished the chapter (which ended up being two hours later). So yeah, I really prefer short chapters. I think they give a good sense of closure and don't drag things out longer than necessary.
How do you feel about chapter lengths?