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I LOVE long books, but sometimes just looking at them intimidates me, and until I get through the first 100 pages or so, I always feel like I'm going to be reading it forever. My list has some books that I've read that weren't nearly as intimidating as I thought when I actually started reading, and some that continue to indimidate me from their place on my bookshelf.
The Stand by Stephen King (1325 pages)
Despite the fact that at 1325 pages it's one of the longest books I've owned, The Stand flew by. Love or hate Stephen King, it's hard to get 'mired' in one of his books.
London by Edward Rutherfurd (1152 pages)
I tried reading this one a year or so ago, but as well as being long, it's very dense in detail and requires a lot of concentration. I think I got about 200 pages in before I just had to step away - but I will conquer it one day, I'm sure.
Under the Dome by Stephen King (1072 pages)
Another Stephen King, and another book that I devoured. C'mon, you have to admit he can hook a reader and drag them in completely.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1037 pages)
A book that I feel I 'should' read, but every time I look at the page count, I shudder.
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (984 pages)
Another one that I started but never finished.....it's pretty heavy on detail and quite disturbing to read, but I'm not completely giving up.
The Passage by Justin Cronin (879 pages)
I originally read this as an e-book, and then I got the hardcover edition in the mail last week - this book is HUGE! But awesome!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (870 pages)
Outlander is such a big book, but a surprisingly quick read because it's just so damn addictive. The whole series however, scares the crap out of me - I got halfway through book 4 before I just had to step away, and sadly I've not found the time to go back.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (835)
It's big. It's fantasy (which I've never been able to get into), and everyone seems to take forever to read it. And then it's a series. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyvesky (720 pages)
Russian, big and a classic. All three scare me.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (617 pages)
I've heard quite often that people are intimidated by this book, and while I can completely understand because I was when I started it, it's not really intimidating at all! The large cast list is overwhelming, but I wrote them all down (and how they died), and it made all the difference in helping me remember.
Over to you guys - which books do you find intimidating? Have you read any of these and can assure me that I'm just being a wussy?