Tuesday Talks! | How do you feel about tall mass market paperbacks?

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s almost Wednesday, so it’s almost the halfway point of the week, so it’s almost Friday and the weekend.

I like to think positive.

Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks is a Goodreads group created by Janie and Janelle. Each week, we discuss a bookish topic on our blogs or YouTube channels. Join in the discussion here.

On this lovely Tuesday, I’m talking about mass market paperbacks. More specifically, I’m talking about how I feel about the tall mass market paperbacks. You know, those paperbacks that seem to be really tall compared to how skinny they are?

Can you tell how I feel?
Can you guess how I feel about them?

hate tall mass market paperbacks, but I own several of them. In the independent bookstore in my college town, sometimes it was the only option.

But why do I hate them?

  • They hurt my hands. Because they are so skinny, there’s not a lot of width between the binding and the sides of the pages. There’s just not a lot of leverage, so I end up putting a lot of effort into holding the book open wide enough that I can see the pages. It’s fine at first, but after a hundred pages or so, my hands are cramped beyond belief.
I feel ya, buddy.
I feel ya, buddy.
  • They’re taller than everything on my bookshelf. This is just a fussy thing, but I sometimes I want to organize my books a certain way and only a few of my books are inches taller than the rest. Also, I don’t like when one book in a series is different than all the rest.
  • Spine breaking. The easiest way to keep these books open is to break the spine. Now, I don’t mind a broken spine here and there, but when the spines of my books are broken, it means that the book is well read. The spines of the tall books break immediately giving the appearance of a well loved book, even when it’s not.

Do they have any redeeming qualities?

  • Cheap. As with any mass market paperback, they tend to be pretty cheap. I don’t think they’re cheaper than the more proportional paperbacks, but I could be wrong. I haven’t done a side by side price test. But, if I have to choose between a $30 hardback and an $8 freakishly tall paperback, you can bet which one I’m choosing..even if I don’t like it.


What do you think about tall mass market paperbacks? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’d like to join in on the discussion, check out the Goodreads group HERE.

As always, thanks for reading and I will see you soon!


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