I don’t always have the time to sit down for an hour or two and read. Sometimes I just want to read a book for 15 minutes. And at the end of those 15 minutes I would like to be at a good stopping point. This means that I would either like to finish a chapter or finish a section (some authors use ellipses, symbols, or blank space to mark different sections).
So when a book has really long chapters with hardly any sections, I can become frustrated. If the book is really good, I don’t mind so much, but most books are only average.
By having me stop in the middle of a chapter, part of the story is lost to me. I’m more likely to forget what happened when I start back up. I think it hinders my enjoyment of the story. Sometimes I have to reread a paragraph or two because I’ve forgotten where I left off.
I think the perfect chapter length is between 7 and 13 pages, depending on the page size and text size. Just enough pages to continue the plot and delve deeper into the story but not enough to exhaust the reader.
Am I the only one that really dislikes long chapters?