09 October 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind! My Top Ten Most Intimidating Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

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?

35 comments:

  1. The entire George Martin series is so intimidating! But the books fly by.

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    1. I'm sure I could churn through one if I'm in the right mood. But if I'm not *boom!*

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  2. I can't read long books, or well I probably can..but I'm just too scared! :)

    J'adore Happy Endings

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    1. I love long books, but I know that not everyone does ;-)

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  3. Great list! I've got a few of these on my list but have been too intimidated to begin them. And The Stand...I watched the movie with Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald and absolutely loved it! Guess I'm going to need to read the book and see if the movie lived up to it. :)

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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    1. I've never seen the movie - I'm going to have to get to that!

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  4. Awesome list! They may be long, but the ones I read from this list were definitely worth the effort. Following you via GFC. Here's my TTT: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-ten-tuesdayrewindbook-endings.html

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    1. If only I could read everything at the same time! It's the time thing that gets me the most!

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  5. Ahhhh! Game of Thrones is wonderful, but it took me a MONTH to read. Bleh. Lol. Grant it, I read numerous other books while reading this one too. So maybe that's why.

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    1. THIS is why it intimidates me - I can't just read one book at a time. Does not compute!

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  6. I've read two of these, The Passage (I didn't like it enough for the length to be okay) and Battle Royale, which def didn't feel that long.

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    1. The Passage is definitely a long book, but it didn't seem that long to me.

      Battle Royale just flies by, it's SO addictive! (wait wait, just kill off one more person and then I'll sleep - and repeat!)

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  7. -I recently got a copy from The Passage and it's quite terrifying. I love books and I don't care how many pages, but this is intimidating.
    -Just like most of Stephen King's books. I'm so glad that he can really hook me to his writing style.
    -Outlanders aren't really big, but there are so many! I do love them, so I need to pick this series up.
    -And I'm excited to read Martin's series. Now with the television show, I finally feel the courage to pick them up.

    Awesome list :D

    TTT @thedailyprophecy.

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    1. It is SO big - I thought the box it was in had two or three books, but it was just one.

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  8. It took me to foreeeeeever to read the last book in the Game of Thrones series, but a lot of that had to do with the fact that the book *has* to weigh almost 7 pounds in hardcover...it's SO HEAVY! I had to break up my reading of it.

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    1. I think it was when I read Herman Wouk's The Winds of War, but I ended up with serious wrist-ache from holding it up!

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  9. I really want to read Battle Royale, and your idea of keeping a note of everyone's names and their deaths sounds like a really good plan! Game of Thrones is a book on my wishlist, I'll need to carve out a huge chunk of time before I dive into it. Great list!

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    1. I probably wouldn't have loved Battle Royale so much without that list - Japanese names are all so similar to me that it woul dhave been easy to confuse the characters!

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  10. I do love big books and used to be of the big-is-best mentality when I was buying books. These days I do find them a bit harder to fit into the reading schedule. Having said that, I just yesterday finished a book that was more than 700 pages and the book I am reading now is about 600 and I am planning to read Les Miserables by the end of this year and that is up over 1000 pages.

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    1. Me too! I never used to buy a book under 400 pages! I'm trying to fit more big books in again now, I love them, so why not!

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  11. Oooh, I like your list! I've read The Stand and Under the Dome (Stephen King should get a restraining order against me), and I'm working through A Game of Thrones, which is a lot better than I thought it'd be. I read Outlander a long time ago, too, and I think I enjoyed it. *blank stare* Yeah... Anywho, I'm adding Battle Royale to my TBR now. I've heard of it, but I've never really looked into it before today. :-)

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    1. The Stand was actually my first ever Stephen King - I always had this idea that I just wouldn't enjoy his brand of horror. Now I'm happy to admit I was very wrong!

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  12. Outlander is such a must for me because it's such a well loved boob by romance fans but its.so.biiiiig!!!!!!! It is intimidating! I need to suck it up and just read it when I find time...

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    1. I read the first three books really quickly. But I think I overdosed, because I got distracted in the middle of book four and never went back to it!

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  13. Yes on Battle Royale. Yes SO much!! But not because you think. Because I am afraid I will hate it as a huge THG fan and I know it is well-loved amongst my friends.

    Under the Dome was BRILLIANT. I need to read The Stand soon. But first I have to read 11/22/63. They are ALL intimidating. :)

    Great list, Kat!

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    1. I really liked THG, and I was worried that BR wouldn't live up to my expectations either. But apart from the premise, it's pretty dissimilar to THG in my opinion :)

      11/22/63 scares me - I forgot that one!

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  14. I've not read any Stephen King. Definitely need to remedy that at some point. I'm never deterred by length of a book as far as never reading it, but I definitely will put it off for a while because of length. I have read Game of Thrones, but you're right, it took a while, and it has some slow parts. If you're not into it, I guess it would be torture.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. Stephen King is perfect on a dark, stormy night. Scare yourself silly ;-)

      One day I'll try Game of Thrones, just because I refuse to be THAT intimidated by a book ;-)

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  15. The Count of Monte Cristo and The Lord of the Rings both made me gulp. TCoMC nearly killed me, but LOTR was good.

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-rewind-top-ten-bookish.html

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    1. Oh man, those books are so intimidating they were too intimidating for me to list!

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  16. I'm scared of big books too...but sometimes they snea in, especially buying online when you can't tell!

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  17. Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren is a classic of experimental Science Fiction. The story of a young man entering a collapsed city in Mid-West America. Delany himself, as an African American who had mainstream success, is also popular in the odd academic circles that study sci fi.

    But its a book stop, and far less clear than the Wikipedia article would make it out to be. I tried to read it when I was younger, but was just too confused.

    But I am a more patient thoughtful person now. right? Well I saw it going for a song in a used bookstore, where I even have credit to my name- and I still chickened out.

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    1. The synopsis of that one would have had me intrigued.

      I'm far less adventurous with intimidating books the older I get - when I was a teenager I would try anything!

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  18. I am totally intimidated by Outlander.

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