This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is a freebie… A list from any of the lists previously done. I decided to opt for a list I didn’t do and thus brings us to my list of my top ten most intimidating books.
I enjoy so many random books and I feel like most books aren’t at all intimidating. I mean, one of my favourite all-time books was Les Miserables. But, there are some books that either have a reputation or subject matter or a sheer size that make me nervous.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I attempted to read this a few summers ago and I go through the peace parts okay, but war was, well, deadly. I may want to try it again, but honestly, I am a bit scared of it.
- The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis. I started this over a year ago now and I am not one to leave books unfinished, but this one terrifies me, because it covers controversial theories that make me uncomfortable and it is long.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. He must be a pretty epic guy to make the list twice, but it is true… I want to read this one too, but after my War and Peace experience and seeing its size, I feel a bit nervous.
- The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien. It is tough to explain. I know they aren’t tough reads, but they are out of my normal reading realm, which makes me a little nervous and they are a lot of book. I am sure I will love them once I get around to them.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I tried reading this in high school and it was another of the few books I ever gave up on reading. Funny part is that Patrick thought he had read it because he read a children’s version until he finally figured out it wasn’t the actual one in university. I felt like it was too wordy for me (if that is possible) and thus it is an overwhelming thought to go back to.
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I haven’t attempted it, but it has the hype of being intimidating and I seem to think it is as a result.
- 11/22/63 or any other full length book by Stephen King. I have just started 11/22/63 and thus far it is fabulous, but I have always found his books intimidating, partly because they are supposed to be suspenseful and scary and I am not a fan of such things. Plus, the are huge.
- Textbook of Radiation Oncology by Leibel and Phillips. This is a huge sucker full of words and concepts and details I can’t even fathom. One day, when I grow up, I will own it and I will read it.
- 50 Shades of Gray by EL James. I find these intimdating on a disturbing content level. I will not read them, but I will include this, as they are some of the books I am most scared of.
- Signature Classics by CS Lewis. This very large book contains some of CS Lewis’s best and most known writings… And they are deep and intense. It seems like a lot of meat. I keep wanting to pick it up and get into it, but thus far I have done well to read the preface.
What are some of the books you are most intimidated by? Did you enjoy one of the ones on my list?