Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…
Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
Reasoning explained after the cover images…
- The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson: Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author ever, so this really shouldn’t intimidate me. I want to read it, really badly. It’s just so freaking huge!
- The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss: This book is about the same size as The Way of Kings – maybe a little smaller – but the print is about 1/2 as large. O_o I can’t even.
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry: I know this book is a Big Deal, which is why it intimidates me. It actually intimidates me for the same reason Ender’s Game intimidated me – it’s a classic, and sort of set the bar within its genre, BUT I actually don’t think I’ll like it. =S Now, I had to eat my words when it came to Ender’s Game, because that book blew my mind. But… The Giver still scares me.
- Dodger, by Terry Pratchett: The intimidation of this one comes from the fact that I have a clear picture in my head of what I want this book to be… and I don’t know if it’ll match up. I’ve never read Pratchett before, so I don’t know if I like his stuff in general – or maybe that’s a good thing, because some Pratchett fans didn’t like this one. Maybe that means I will? I have no idea! I just don’t know.
- The Fiery Cross, by Diana Gabaldon: I sort of stopped reading this book in August of 2011, only about one-quarter of the way through. -_- I like these books, but for some reason I stalled and I’m really dreading starting again. But I want to read them! But I’m dreading it! But! But! Ugh.
- A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin: Just completely intimidating. I’ve heard so many things about this series (the TV show and the books), and I honestly do not know if I’ll like it. I think I might love it, but I also think it really might not be my thing. Which is why I’m scared to start it, lol.
- Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein: People love this book. LOVE IT. Like, with the fire of a thousand suns. It’s got a 4.22 rating on Goodreads, and I have seen MANY people call it the best YA they’ve ever read. I want to read it. I do. But I am not a fan of historical fiction. So I’m kind of worried that if I read it, I won’t be able to appreciate it. I’d almost rather not, and just let everyone else go on loving it.
- Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas: Another one that I have heard a LOT of good things about. But it’s also one that I’ve paid attention when I see negative reviews, and they all tend to mention things that I think I’d agree with – meaning, I am not sure whether I’d like this one. I might hate it. I might love it. I don’t know!
- Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I love Peter Pan. Just to get things in perspective – when Neverland showed up on Once Upon a Time (the TV show), I freaking lost it. And I’m still flipping out over What is up with Peter Pan in that show? Who is he? What is going on? I just don’t even know. Okay. Anyway, Tiger Lily is obviously about Tiger Lily, and I really really want to read it, but A) I think it will be sad, and B) I don’t want to ruin my idealized view of the whole Peter Pan fairy tale. Which I’m pretty sure this book will do. UGH. So torn.
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor: The only reason this book intimidates me is that I’ve seen it recommended everywhere, SO many times. And the truth is, I have started reading it. I actually started reading it months ago… and stopped. I couldn’t get into it! I don’t know what’s wrong with me. D: I really want to keep going, but I’m afraid I won’t like it, so… yeah.
Have you read any of these books?
Should I be intimidated, or should I just suck it up and read them? =S
Let me know in the comments, and leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!