02 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

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

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace - I'm listing this one first because it intimidates me the most.  I know, I know, if I made it through House of Leaves I could probably get through this one but *bites fingernails*

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - 'almost' everyone loves this classic, and as another epic historical fiction I would probably eat this like popcorn, but something is still holding me back.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - Classics are a bit of a theme in this list (and I'm probably not alone), but the sheer size just overwhelms me.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - I've attempted to read a Murakami before and I didn't like it one little bit.   But it keeps calling me....

2666 by Roberto Bolano - at 898 pages, the length alone is enough to intimidate anyone, but the people I know that have read, or more commonly, attempted to read it have said it's incredibly difficult and confusing.  But I want to conquer it, dammit!

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin - I did start this one earlier in the year and then when I fell into a reading slump it wasn't a book I wanted to continue to push onto myself.  I will try again but I'm also a little scared that I'm just going to become obsessed and read the whole lot then fall into a pit of despair waiting for the next one.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky - why, hello there post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror!  We should be friends! But there's something about you that gives me the heebies....

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel - long, huge cast list, award-winning author = yikes

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - it's a 1200 page classic.  I will say no more.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber - on the surface I shouldn't be intimidated by this book - it's a door-stopped historical fiction and I usually love them, but there are so many people I know that didn't like it - I'm skeerd!

So, there are the books that scare the living daylights out of me - if you've read any of them, tell me if they are worth being scared of, or am I just a wussy?


  1. The George RR Martin series is well worth reading and it doesn't really feel like 1000 pages because it sucks you so deeply into the story. I've actually read them twice.

  2. I love, love, love The Count of Monte Cristo it is one of my all time favorite books. You should give Game Of Thrones a try it is really good and the page count will fly by. I need to check out Metro333 I've not heard of it before.

  3. I agree with you on 1Q84 I always pick that one up at the bookstore only to put it back down and walk out without it!

  4. I wouldn't have been able to make it through A Game of Thrones without help form the TV series. I am slowly reading book two but it's not something that's a page turner for me.

  5. I highly recommend pressing through A Game of Thrones, but I suggest taking it a little bit at a time. They're great books, but there are enough slower parts to me to keep me from really blowing through them. Plus they're kind of exhausting.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know



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