Top Ten Tuesday (47) – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Posted July 2, 2013 by Lori in Books / 6 Comments Tags:

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s Top Ten Topic is: Our Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. At first I wasn’t sure which books I would put on this list, but then I started checking out my TBR pile and there are so many popular books on there that I just haven’t read yet. I have all kinds of reasons for not picking them up yet but most fall under the “everyone loves it but what if I don’t?” category or the “holy crap, that book is huge!” category. Those are my two biggest reasons for not picking up a book that actually interest me. Here are the books that made my list today and the reasons why I haven’t been brave enough to read them yet!

  • Cinder/Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Does anyone not love these books? Exactly. What if I’m that person? I just couldn’t handle it. I even own these books, they just sit on my shelf and mock me. I need to suck it up and read these already!
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Another very loved book. But this one is like 500 pages. It’s certainly not the longest book I would have ever picked up, but it still looks big. And scary. But it’s fantasy. And dragons. I need to read it.
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – Talk of chapter 62 should have been enough to get me reading this one already but whenever I get close I become paralyzed. I just can’t pick it up. People LOVE this book! To be honest, I wasn’t completely in love with Shatter Me, so I shouldn’t even worry about that, but I still do. Plus, I haven’t read Destroy Me because the idea of falling for Warner pisses me off. I hate him so much and I don’t like being manipulated. So I haven’t read it yet.
  • Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers – This book is three times the amount of intimidating. First, it’s huge. Second, I hear people talk about how much they love it all the time. Third, it’s historical fiction. And yes, that intimidates me. Something about the genre and I don’t always click so I always feel a bit hesitant about picking up those books. I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever get to this one but I keep coming back because (hello!) nun assassins!
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns/The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson – This is one of the most talked about and loved fantasy series from the recent YA explosion. Plus, even I’ve heard of Hector. Who in the YA world hasn’t? I must read about him! But what if I don’t love him? I’ve been on that side of popular book boyfriends before and it feels so lonely…
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray – Ummm, it’s heavy. Have you seen it? I don’t think you could miss it. It’s enormous. And it’s historical fiction. So many people love it though, maybe someday I will too.
  • Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn – Yeah, this one scares the shit out of me and I’ve only read the premise and a few reviews. Yikes. I’m a big huge wuss (as proved by this list), so I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon.
  • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien – I love these movies. I should read the books. But I’d be crushed if I didn’t love them. Plus, committing to the whole series feels like a big investment. All together it’s like 1300 pages. Yeah, that’s intimidating.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – This is a fantasy classic. I’m afraid of books like this. It’s been around for a while but there’s still so much love for it. I need to read it. I want to read it. But all of that is a bit intimidating.

Alright, that’s my list. Are there any books on here that intimidate you as well? Have you actually read any of these? Which is the one book that you think I should I man-up for and read already? I’d love to know your answers and the books that are on your list! Leave me some links!

6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (47) – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books”

  1. I’ve read four books off your list (Cinder/Eragon/Grave Mercy/LOTR), and I just have to say that the only one that’s terrible is Eragon. I thought I would love it, but it just managed to irritate me! The others are amazing though, and are totally worth a read! (I always agree to read 100 pages of a book and if I don’t like it I move on!)

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