Top Ten Tuesday – 11. Most Intimidating Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (click on the picture to visit their blog). A new Top Ten list is posted every week for fellow bloggers to participate in.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I feel like this is one of those books you have to read before you die.  I also feel like this is one of those books that is supposed to invoke profound thought and insight and I’m worried I won’t ‘get it’.

2. The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – I really want to read these books because I think I would really enjoy them, but I’m worried that it will be too confusing, what with the whole other language and the similar sounding names.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Confession time.  So I refuse to read these books because, quite frankly, I think the concept sounds ridiculous.  However there is a small part of me that is intimidated by them out of fear that I may like them and then I’ll have to disown myself. 

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Let’s be honest, I would NEVER read this book, purely because it’s fracking huge!! I don’t know how you couldn’t be intimidated by that.

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – This is another ‘should read’ but I’m scared to read it.

6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – I’m intimidated by this books ability to make you super depressed.  I am super curious, but not sure I can deal with all the bad feels

7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – This book intimidates me because I have built it up so much.  I am uber excited to read this and am just hoping it lives up to my expectations.

8. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller – This one intimidates me because Rachel’s built it up so much and I hope I like it as much as she wants me to.

9. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – I’ve read it.  I love it.  I want to read it over and over but each time I do I’m more nervous than the time before.  Because I know what’s about to happen.  This doesn’t stop me reading it though.

10. Anything by Shakespeare – I just don’t understand it.  I can’t get my head around the language no matter how hard I try and I feel like I should be able to do that.  Thank goodness for Wikipedia!

– Annette


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 11. Most Intimidating Books

    • thesideofwonder says:

      I think LOTR made it on a few lists! The Road is also apparently written without punctuation or grammar, I think that would be really confusing!
      – Annette

  1. Lord of the Rings made my list, too. I’ve tried twice to read it and I think my record was 100 pages.

    I also know what you mean about The Fault in Our Stars. I’m now frightened to read the rest of John Green’s books, let alone reread this one.

    Great list!

    • thesideofwonder says:

      I’m impressed with your attempt to read LOTR. Maybe next time you’ll get further into it?

      TFIOS was the first John Green book I read and I was excited but scared to read others. I’ve since read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns and while they both still have feels, it’s nothing like TFIOS. I would recommend them if your interested!

    • thesideofwonder says:

      I noticed there seemed to be a lot of the same books popping up on people’s lists. Often classics too.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      – Annette

  2. LOL I love your reason for being intimidated by Twilight. I read it when it was still just an up and coming successful Teen book, many many years ago now, but I was surprised by how much fun it was.
    Don’t worry.
    Even if you like it, I’ll still respect you. 🙂

    My TTT

    • thesideofwonder says:

      😛 I have a few people that read it before the hype and they encourage me to read it. I just don’t think I can do it…I’ve spent too much time being negative about it. If I read it, it will have to be in secret!
      – Annette

  3. War & Peace is huuuuge! And so confusing! I started reading it and couldn’t finish it because there were so many characters so at one point I actually had to draw myself a character map because I couldn’t keep up. Needless to say I don’t think I’m gonna give it another go anytime soon…

    great list!

    • thesideofwonder says:

      Oh goodness, any time a book needs a character map you know its going to be a stretch to finish. I’m impressed you went to the effort!
      – Annette

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