Top Ten Intimidating Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This Tuesday is all about books that are intimidating.  Intimidating books, to me, are those that are big, have a lot of hype, or are so beloved.

Image1. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

This book has been on my TBR list for, probably, ten years or longer.  It has almost 1000 pages and for that reason I have put it off.

2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Image

This is really any written work by William Shakespeare.  I read Romeo and Juliet in school, but worry about attempting to read something else by him.

Image3.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is one that is so beloved that I am nervous I won’t like it as much as everyone as else does.

Image4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I anticipate really enjoying Jane Austen.  However, I am nervous that I won’t love Pride and Prejudice as much as everyone else does.  I know the story so well from the movies, what if I don’t fall in love with the book?

Image5.Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I have put off reading this book for so long.   I worry I won’t love the books.  I have heard so many things and so many love it, what if I don’t?

Image6. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

I really love the movies, but the books seem so long.  I just don’t know and have hesitated reading it.

Image7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

This is the same reason as the Lord of the Rings.  I have never seen the show, but it seems like a big time commitment.

Image8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book intimidates because I know it will make me sad.  I am just not mentally prepared, yet.

Image9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

I want to read this book.  It sounds so good, and has great reviews.  Except, it is so big!

Image10. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

I have heard this one is hard to get into.  I am worried that I won’t be able to get into the book.  Another one that a lot of people seem to enjoy.  I just don’t know!

What books are intimidating you or have you just put off?

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Intimidating Books

  1. It took a LOT of convincing to get me to read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for the same reason, but it was totally worth it! I admit, it did take a good 50 pages to really start to care about what was happening…but I pressed on since I’d been warned in advance.

    Personally, Fifty Shades of Grey intimidates me…mostly because I’m so convinced I WON’T like it that I’m terrified I actually would like it.

  2. I enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird pretty well when I read it in high school, and I have noticed since blogging that everyone has been like, “OMG I love it!” which makes me think I need to re-read it and see if I appreciate it more now. Pride and Prejudice was just OK for me as far as Austen’s writing went. I still loved the story, no doubt, but I got so tired of Lydia in it! Her bragging about Willoughby went on and on, as well as some other parts in the book. But the story is still there, and I still enjoyed it well enough. I’m right there with you for both Harry Potter and LOTR. The Book Thief is quite sad, but there is some hope at the end!

  3. Go for a Shakespeare comedy–I like Twelfth Night.
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has a a terrible, horrible, graphic, violent event in it, that is referenced again and again. If I’d known about it, I’m not sure I’d have read it myself.
    I adore Pride & Prejudice far too much to be an impartial opinion on it–but Austen is so wonderfully snarky, as long as you get her dry wit.
    Good list!

  4. The Book Thief is on my list and I can attest to the greatness of 4, 7, 9, 10. I liked Harry Potter as well, but don’t have the same devotion many do.

    I liked 10 so much that I went on the Stieg Larsson tour in Sweden last year.

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