Top Ten Tuesday #18: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Posted July 2, 2013 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 40 Comments

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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This is, I think, a really awesome and useful topic. Books certainly do intimidate me every so often, which makes me really sad. Maybe, though, with your encouragement here, I’ll give some of these a shot! (And hey, are you also intimidated by some of these? Maybe we can read them together!)

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The case of the Song of Ice and Fire series is purely based on the length. I mean, I desperately want to read them, but why must they be so long? I just can’t fit that into my reading schedule and still post two reviews per week. I do have a goal, though, to read the first three before season 4 starts next year.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Again, also an issue of length. This series isn’t too well known but I’ve heard awesome things about it. But it’s intimidating due to its size and I need to be in the right mood for high fantasy.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

For The Book Thief, it’s definitely the rave reviews that scare me. I mean, it should encourage me, but for some reason, it’s keeping me from it. I really need to be pushed to read this.

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories by Lewis Carroll

I have this beautiful book in the leatherbound classic collector’s edition from Barnes & Noble and I really want to read it. It’s definitely a classic. But the size of this thing. 1165 pages!!! o_o *dies*

5. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

From this list, it becomes apparent that I desperately want to read more epic and high fantasy, but they scare me. And usually because of the length. But with the Wheel of Time series.. 14 books?? How can I make that kind of commitment?

6. The Green Mile by Stephen King

I’ve actually never read a Stephen King novel. *ducks* PLEASE DON’T HURT ME. I’m scared of them. Scared they’ll be too tough or intense for me. But I just should try it out sometime and stop being such a wimp.

7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Everyone raves about how awesome this series is. Actually, I’ve watched the (Swedish) movies, and I did like them. So I do want to read it some time, but I feel like the subject matter is so heavy, I may not be able to take it.

8. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

I feel like this is one of those books that I just have to read at some point to be, you know, a well-educated person. But it’s non-fiction, and I don’t really do that.. ever.

9. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Absolutely exactly the same as above.

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I have heard amazingly awesome things about this, and it involves time travel and romance, so by all means it should definitely be something for me. But the books are long and there’s seven in the series (so far – it’s not even done).

Let’s Talk!

So… have you read any of these? Or are you planning to?
Which books made your list?

Let me know in the comments!

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    40 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #18: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

    1. river

      omgggg I read Outlander because my mother is obsessed with those books and it took me like a freaking MONTH. It was good… but not good enough for me to waste another year on the rest of them hahaha…

    2. ciskavanderlans

      The Name of the Wind is a big book but I found it an easy read so the pages where just going and I am not much of a fantasy reader.
      I enjoyed the Book Thief a lot but have heard enough people who actually did not enjoy it that much or had problems with the pov's.
      I had the same reluctant feeling with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but when I picked it up for a reading challenge I finished up all three books in a week. They are really well written but I can imagine that if the subject feels heavy it might not be for you.
      And King is intense yes. You could try one of the smaller books maybe or one of the less scary ones 🙂
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    3. Some books make me want to run away and hide. Usually, it's probably because of their size and knowing that I wouldn't read anything else for weeks. I do want to read books like A Tale of Two Cities, Much Ado about Nothing or The Taming of the Shrew, etc. Then I look at all the modern YA books that I want to read and think that I might not have time to read the older books, so I end up never getting round to reading them…
      I'm hoping that maybe this summer, I'll read at least one of the books I mentioned! Good Luck reading the ones you want to! 😀
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    4. The first three are all books I LOVE!! Seriously, I was kinda scared of their size/raving reviews, but it is SO WORTH IT!!
      I was kinda meh about The Eye of the World, one of my friends keeps glaring at me when I mention this… I don't know, I just kept hearing 'Lord of the Rings ripoff' in my head over and over again while reading it…
      I really want to read the Outlander series as well, but the size is pretty scary…
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    5. thebookfix

      You should not let the size of Alice scare you. It's really not that long. I bet the type is huge.

      I stopped Dragon Tattoo in the middle, because I couldn't handle the rape.

      Eye of the World is supposed to be awfully slow–nothing happens in the middle volumes.

      The Outlander series, on the other hand is supposed to get crazier and weirder as you continue to later volumes.

      The Book Thief, I liked a lot, but didn't love, and I didn't cry (I may have been called heartless for this).

    6. achoquet

      Ooh, the only one of these I've read is The Book Thief and YOU SHOULD READ IT! lol. Really is an amazing book. The rest I can sort of understand, because with blogging there's only so much time and so many books, that making the commitment to read a book that really large or is part of a huge series is just so hard!
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    7. Games of Thrones is on my list too with all the hype surrounding it.
      The Book Thief is a book you shoudl try and read!
      As for Origins of Spiecies, what Darwin actually wrote about is pretty interesting even if your views on evolution differs.
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    8. Omg you should totally try reading The Book Thief. I read it in high school and read it in one day because it was so engrossing. I know it's scary where there are a ton of amazing reviews for a book, but I really do think you'll enjoy this one!
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    9. I have A Game of Thrones on my list too!! It's more about content for me than length though…

      The Name of the Wind was good, and I just love Patrick Rothfuss and his silly blog, but I feel like the second book adds a LOT of unnecassary stuff…

      I had to be pressured in to reading The Book Thief but it was totally worth it! It was sad but so good!

      The Eye of the World was really good, but I only got as far as book four before I felt like it was just the same stuff over and over! I may start the series over again, but I'm not sure…
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    10. Fortunately I read 13 of the 14 Wheel of Time books before I started blogging. Your point is valid. I actually started book 14 a month or so ago and stalled because I needed to switch back to YA for reviews. I need to get back into it though. It's hard with a book of that size. Especially since most YA is ~300 pages that becomes the norm. But I would say that this series is amazing. I like to consider it an adult Harry Potter. It is much more Fantasy than A Song of Ice and Fire, more magic and such. But also a MUCH larger scope. I would recommend trying to read them close together so you can. remember everything. I am struggling a bit with book 14 since I had a long break. Ok, this comment is too long. Bye 😀
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    11. starryeyedjen29

      I'm pretty intimidated by Outlander, too. I know I'll probably love it, though. I ended up getting the audio because the size of the novel is daunting, but even the audio is nearly 20 hours! I have that same leatherbound edition of Alice. So pretty, but it's also a lengthy novel. I don't mind the size, per se, it's just hard to commit, ya know? 🙂

    12. 1: I AM SEEING THIS ONE EVERYWHERE. And I, too, am intimidated by its length. And also by how much I love the show and how the book could do that weird thing where books, instead of tv/movie adaptations, disappoint.

      3: Rave reviews can be their own nightmare to tackle. This is why the 5th Wave is sitting by my bed side, unread. Also why I haven't had the motivation to read this one either, despite all the good things.

      6: Me neither! I guess we'll both have to avoid the tomatoes for that… I bought Under the Dome to read since I figured I'd be watching the show, yet I've neither read the book nor started with the show. *Sigh*

      10: THIS BOOK IS HUGE. Way longer than I expected! I thought it was a darker historical romance and involved time travel with the different portions of her life but so huge! Way, way larger than I thought.
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    13. I'm in the middle of A CLASH OF KINGS (the second Game of Thrones book) and really liking it. The first one was a bit of a challenge to get through, but it's interesting if you enjoy fantasy novels and meeting all the players in the story. I definitely think it's worth a read! It's totally doable if you're reading it alongside other books.

      I also highly recommend The Book Thief. I read it fairly recently and was blown away by the sheer beauty of the writing. The author did a wonderful job putting this story together in a way that was unexpected but totally worked for me.
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    14. Hahaha, interesting to hear. My stepmother has the books but I'm not sure if she's actually started reading them yet. I'm really curious though. But I have this feeling like… if I start it I'll need to read the whole series. x_x irrational brain. I can just read the first one and then reevaluate…

    15. Haha, yeah. I really want to read it because I love the TV series but I think I'm mostly worried about the amount of time it'll take me.

    16. Oooh, good to hear about The Name of the Wind! Maybe that'll convince me to bump it up my TBR list 🙂

      The Book Thief makes me so nervous because of the hype – I feel like if I don't cry I'll be a disgrace or something. Not rational at all, but okay.

      Yeah, I don't know if I'd be able to handle the rape scenes in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo… in the movies that was borderline for me too… But I need to give it a shot at some point.

      I know so little about Stephen King, yeah, I have no idea where would be best to start…

    17. I think my problem with ASoIaF is just the length. I struggle enough to get two reviews per week up on the blog , but maybe I'll find some time to read it on the side… sometime. Or on vacation or something, hahaha.

    18. Haha, I'll get to them… sometime… I swear! ^^;

      Oooh, I didn't know that about The Eye of the World. I love LoTR, so I dunno how I'd feel about that. But high fantasy books often share similar characteristics, so I dunno.

    19. I just feel like, if I read The Book Thief and don't think it's amazing or cry, then I'll really be heartless. I'm scared to find out, I guess xD

    20. I really love high fantasy, so I want to get into both series really badly… Maybe I should try Patrick Rothfuss first since there's only two books in that series so far, haha.

    21. Yeah, well, people said the same to me about If I Stay and I ended up disliking that x_x I'm just scared. I will get to it though… at some point.

    22. The Millenium trilogy – I actually know people who didn't like it or couldn't take it because of the graphic rape scenes. So That scares me a bit. The Book Thief I'm just scared like I was with If I Stay xD too much hype! Did you like The Green Mile? Or, as a Stephen King noob, where would you suggest I start?

    23. Same, same. *sigh* one of these days. I'm sad I was late to that ASoIaF readalong that some bloggers are hosting – that totally would have made it feasible. *sigh*

    24. Oh wow, I would have expected you to definitely have read The Book Thief already. I'm with you though. If those don't live up to my expectations, I'll be crushed.

    25. Haha, my roommate loves the Wheel of Time series so I really want to but asdfjkl; – exactly YA books being 300 pages is the only way I can have some kind of consistency in posting reviews. But I'm really excited to check it out at some point – even if that be after I stop blogging (if ever).

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    26. 20 hours, oh god. Since I'll be working full time as of next week, I've been considering giving audiobooks a try for my commute, but dangg.

      I was looking through Alice, and Alice itself is only 120 pages. Through the Looking Glass is 130 pages. Then there's a bunch of other stories and poems. I may just read the first two. Give myself a break.

    27. 1. Ooh yeah, I am scared I won't like the book as much as the show. =/ But I dunno, my best friend's read them and he thinks they're awesome, so I think I'll like them too. I just want it soon.

      3. Oh god. I was so excited for The 5th Wave as well, but I haven't even bought it yet because …the hype is scaring me. *shudder*

      6. I totally want to read Under the Dome – I'm loving the show so far. But that book is 1000 pages!!!! O_O when will I ever have that kind of time??

    28. Yeah, I think I'll try reading them next to some other books, but I'm a bit of a book monogamist, so I don't really like doing that. But otherwise I'll never get to it or my blog will take a huge hit, so I should just suck it up and do it. I'm so excited though, I think I'll really like them 🙂

      I think I'll like the Book Thief but I'm just scared I may not like it as much as everyone else does. Stupid thing to be scared of though when I haven't even tried xD

    29. Haha, okay 🙂 In terms of length it at least seems doable, so I think I'll probably start there 🙂 SOME DAY. You know. Thanks 🙂

    30. Mahmoud

      I only read the girl with the dragon tattoo from this list, and it's just amazing. The story, the main characters and the writing style are all done spectacularly. Things can be kinda slow in the beginning of this book, but soon enough you'll be bounded to continue reading till you finish it. i also read the second book in this series, the book is called " The girl who played with fire" and it's not a surprise that the second book is even bigger than the first, but just like the first, you get hooked on the book fairly soon. Two more things about this series 1. Lisbeth Salander is a badass and 2. Lisbeth Salader is a BADASS
      Cheers. 😀

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