read a big book roseanna sunley

You know me, I love short easy-to-read books where the author cuts out all the waffle and gets straight to the point.

The type of books that can be read in a couple of sittings are my favorite.

But occasionally, I end up with an extra-large monster of a book on my nightstand.

Books such as Alan Sugar’s What You See is What You Get, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, and my current big book, The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

What’s so bad about BIG books?

The truth is, nothing is wrong with them. I’ve got some of the best information and life lessons from big books.

…but they’re very daunting and can be offputting, especially to new readers.

When shopping for books on Amazon, I’m more likely to purchase a 250-page book than a 500-page book.

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, well I judge them by their page count! (Even though I really shouldn’t!)

But there comes a time in every reader’s journey where we have to tackle a big read, and I’m here to help you get through it as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Buckle up.

How to read a BIG Book

Here are a few tips to help to tackle big books and help make them less intimidating.

Tip #1 – Don’t make it your primary read

It helps to have another book on the go for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, to help break it up a bit. Reading about the same topic for 600+ pages can be difficult. Interspersing it with another book on a different topic can help to keep the read refreshing.

Secondly, you’re going to be reading this big book for a long time which can make you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. As non-fiction readers, we all love completing a book and being able to put it back on our shelves. Reading smaller books alongside the big book will help you keep that feeling of momentum.

NOTE: There is an exception to this tip, and that’s if the big book is so friggin’ totally awesome that you don’t want to read anything else. In which case, crack on!

Tip #2 – Break it down

600+ pages are intimidating to everyone! Even if you read two pages a day, it can still take you almost a whole year to read it.

…but if you read four pages a day, it will only take you six months.

…eight pages a day, roughly three months.

You can see where I’m going here, right?

Stop focusing on reading a 600+ page book, and instead focus on reading just a few pages every day.

How do you eat a whole elephant? One bite at a time.

How do you read a big book? One page at a time.

Tip #3 – Make sure it’s a good book!

This is the most important tip and it probably should have been tip number one!

Not only are you going to spend your hard-earned cash on purchasing the book, but you’re also going to be spending a LOT of time reading it.

Big books require a big time commitment.

There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of a book and feeling thoroughly disappointed that you have just wasted your time.

This feeling is made infinitely more painful if it’s a big book that has sucked up numerous hours of your life that you will never get back.

So, before you go committing yourself to read it, thoroughly check for reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, YouTube, and blogs, to make sure you’re not going to be wasting your precious time.

Related Read: 6 Tips to Help You Choose a Good Business Book

Tip #4 – Stick to one big book at a time

Don’t try to take on more than one of these monsters at a time.

You’re either fighting 100 duck-sized horses (multiple small books) or 1 horse-sized duck (one big book).

Trying to take on 100 horse-sized ducks is a recipe for disaster!

(I hope you’ve heard of that question before, otherwise, this paragraph may not make much sense to you!)


There you go! Now you have some of my fave tips to help you face that big book head-on!

Firstly, make sure it’s a good book. Secondly, don’t make it your primary read. Thirdly, don’t try to take on multiple big books all at once. And fourthly, just take it one page at a time.

If you have any other tips, please share them with us in the comments below.

Peace out.

Roseanna x

P.S. Don’t you think it’s weird that we can get intimidated by a big book? I mean, it’s just a dead tree with words printed on it. Unless someone plans on using it as a weapon and beating us to death with it, we shouldn’t be scared of it.

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