Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a new topic is given each week by the host blog and participants write up a corresponding list of ten things. Simple, fun, and great for those obsessed with lists. This week's topic is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc).
(1) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Everyone loves this book, everyone is constantly recommending it to me and therefore everyone is constantly wondering why I've never read it. I'm intimidated. I'm afraid I won't like it, that the hype is too much, that just everything.
(2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This could really be any book written by John Green but I chose this one because I own it and because the feedback has been INCREDIBLE. I would hate to be the one person that didn't love it.
(3) Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game is hands down my favorite book ever. I LOVE IT. I've lost track of how many times I've reread it and yet most people prefer this one. So I've avoided it.
(4) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - I've wanted to read this FOREVER and then even more so because of the amazing movie that was released but THE SIZE...its a beast of a book.
(5) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - And this one I'm afraid I'm actually going to like/enjoy which is intimidating because of the subject matter. I've skimmed bits and parts, and despite the creep factor, I really love the writing style.
(6) Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres - I've looked forward to this one for so long, pushed for like ever to be able to get a copy of it and now I'm afraid to read it because...what if it isn't as amazing as I dreamed/hoped?
(7) The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - Mostly the size with a hint of the fan hype. Sad considering I just devoured the first five books in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. (Never said I made sense.)
(8) Moby Dick by Herman Melville - Size and content...how interesting can a book about a whale and the Captain who wants to take it down be? FOR THAT LONG?!
(9) and (10) The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer - What literature majors' list would be complete without these two behemoths? They're the foundation of the majority of the curriculum, everyone knows the basic stories [aside from me, I know pieces] and a lot of the people in my major [profs and students] RAVE about them. I'm not even sure I'll understand them, much less make it through all zillion pages of them both.
[Lot of "Literature" titles, I know...but school has been on my mind a lot lately.]