Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is:
Top 10 Most Intimidating Books
- War & Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. I know, it’s the obvious choice. It used to be I was intimidated by this book because ugh, Russian lit. But I read and really loved Anna Karenina so now it’s not so much that which intimidates me, it’s the size of this book. I used to love chunksters, they were right up my alley – the thicker a book was the better. That’s when I was poor and didn’t own many books. Now I own a lot of books and they keep mocking me from my shelves….Read me….when are you going to read me? The time it would take me to read this, I have to wonder how many other books I could read in that time!
- Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel. I know I have mentioned before that my bookmark has been stuck at p35 in this one for about 3 years. I started it and I was so excited because so many people loved it and it won lots of awards and it was set in a time period that I was just starting to get in to, in terms of literature. It had all the hallmarks of a win! Instead it was this massive struggle, I would fall asleep or find myself daydreaming whilst reading it. I want to tackle it again but…I want to get it. I think I just have to push through and get to the good bits. I’m sure they’re there.
- A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. This one is mostly intimidating because it’s one of my husband’s absolute favourite books and it’s on a small list he’s made for me of books he wants me to read so that we can talk about them (I do the same for him too). I am more intimidated by feeling indifferent towards it.
- A Song Of Ice and Fire Series, by George R.R Martin. I know, right? Everyone is reading these, watching the TV show, talking about them. Red wedding! I have no idea what that means because I would prefer to watch the TV show after I read the books. And obviously, I haven’t read the books yet because those babies are huge and kind of see #1 of this list. How many other books could I read in the time it will take to slog through these? But….they are so supposed to be so awesome. And so, dilemma.
- The Red Queen, by Isobelle Carmody. This book isn’t actually out yet. This book may never actually be published, I don’t know. Well I’m sure it will be eventually, but anyone who has read Carmody’s Obernewtyn series knows that…well, a wait is your friend. But I love this series so much and the idea of the last book, even though I am desperate for it, it scares me. What if… what if something horrible happens? I have spent 16 years of my life reading these babies, god knows how long it will be before this one comes out. Saying goodbye to these characters after so long, the idea just makes me sad.
- Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy. When I was in high school, there was this English teacher that had a bit of a nervous breakdown and most people treated him very warily, because he was also prone to psychotic outbursts. He tried to force Tess Of The D’Urbervilles on us multiple times because it’s his favourite book but we mostly just outvoted him and chose other texts, most of which were horrid. I’m a little afraid to read this one in case it’s totally awesome and I will hear him in my head, again telling me all of the things which I do not know.
- The Entire Harry Potter Series, by J.K Rowling. You know how there’s always that book that you haven’t read but everyone else in the world has and they love it? For me, it’s this entire series. When Potter mania was at its height, I was in high school but I shunned MG and YA books at that stage of my life and read only adult fiction. Seeing grown people pushing and shoving at midnight releases, seeing everything in the history of the world become Harry Potter (Harry Potter toothbrush, anyone?) I just made a decision to boycott this entire series. Except now I am 31 and not 15 and I don’t really care about that stuff anymore and I wonder if I should just read them anyway? Even though I know all of the spoilers, like who dies etc.
- Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson. I bought this because I loved Amy & Roger but then I realised that the story was a little too close to home for my comfort. And I’ve been warned I am going to ugly cry so bad. So I don’t know when I will ever be able to read this one. I want to but I’m not sure I’m ready for the devastation.
- Questions Of Travel, by Michelle DeKretser. This book just won probably Australia’s most prestigious literary award and therein lies the intimidation factor. Award winners and I don’t have a great track record. It’s getting some amazing reviews and I do intend to read it at some stage….maybe I should’ve tried it before it won?
- I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb. I’ve owned this one for a couple of years. It’s mostly just the size factor (it’s nearly 1000p). One day I’m going to be super old and probably poor on a pension or something and I’ll be glad I hoarded all of these books to read.
This list was surprisingly easy to put together and I think I could’ve kept going. I didn’t even really touch upon the hardcore classics that intimidate me!