Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Intimidating Reads

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.]


  1. Haha, I'm literally reading The Hobbit right now! It's actually a lot different than I was expecting, but it's really good! And Lolita is on my list too! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

    1. Wow, crazy coincidence! I'm hoping to pick it up soon but I'm so behind in review books its note even funny. xD

      Thank you!

  2. Good list, I have Les Miserables on my list as well and I also want to read/intimidated by Lolita. I completely understand why you feel that way about The Fault in Our Stars since I felt that way about the book before I read but I ended up loving it. The Illiad and The Odyssey were some of the worst pieces of writing that I was ever forced to read so I don't recommend reading them at all.

    1. I'm working on The Iliad right now with a friend, I've only made it through the first book and all of the names are driving me crazy! -.-

      I'll definitely have to give The Fault in Our Stars a try though. [: