Top Ten Tuesday (#14)

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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

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

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23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#14)

  1. Ok I am so gonna be one of those people who perpetuates your fear because I LOVED Code Name Verity. I LOVE Throne of Glass. And I LOVE Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I hope when you get to them you enjoy them as much as I did!!

  2. Oh! I’ve got to read Code Name Verify! I’m just worried I won’t enjoy it – but there are so many incredible reviews, that I feel like I can’t not read it. Does that make sense? And then Tiger Lily! I recently read that one, and it definitely changed my views of the Peter Pan fairytale – especially when it comes to Wendy.

  3. I know what you mean by the size of Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, he’s really trying his hand in the same likes of Rothfuss, Jordan, GRRM and Goodkind xP What format do you have it in? I have the mass paperback edition and omg, door stopper xP

    I never got around to The Giver…I should think to read it but then yeah, I guess I would be intimidated by the same reasons you mentioned.

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  4. I wish I could say The Giver is awesome, but I read it in school years ago and I remember hating it. Who knows, though, maybe I’d actually enjoy it now. I just thought all the characters were extremely boring. I forgot about Tiger Lily! I want to read that but am a bit nervous by it, too. Nice list!

  5. I have A Clash of Kings on my list just because it took me quite a while to finally get into A Game of Thrones. Totally agree with Daughter of Smoke and Bone btw – everyone seems to love it, I am “scared” I won’t.

  6. Hehe, I’m one of those people who LOVED both Throne of Glass and Code Name Verity!! I was scared of Code Name Verity because I tend to avoid books set around WWII, but it is SO GOOD! I cried.
    And Throne of Glass was a bit scary for me because I’ve been waiting for this book for YEARS, but it was everything I could have wanted from it!!
    The Giver kinda intimdates me as well, even though it’s kind of a tiny book…

  7. The Name of The Wind made my list as well, it just seems that everyone loves it and I feel like I won’t for some reason. I can understand why you put Throne of Glass on the list, I’ve read it, well most of it anyways, and while I enjoyed the beginning the story quickly seemed to falter and loose all appeal. It’s great that so many people think it’s an amazing book but for me it wasn’t.

  8. Yup, I have the same fear of famous/oft-recommended books. And Terry Pratchett in general.
    Tiger Lily I think you should read. It IS sad, and it WILL (probably) make you cry, but as a fellow Pan-fanatic… I loved it. And I still love Peter Pan. I think you don’t have to be scared of it.
    Daughter of Smoke & Bone really is awesome. The only thing is, I didn’t like the second book thaaaaat much. But the first blew my mind. It is revolutionary in terms of paranormal-ish mythical-ish YA.

  9. A Game of Thrones is also on my list! I’ve read The Giver way back when and it was an amazing book. It is definitely worth checking out. It is a classic to read but I know it is not for everyone. Great picks!

  10. Code Name Verity is on my list, too. I’m just so nervous I won’t be able to handle are the emotional bits. Or maybe that the whole book is emotional.

    And I should have included Tiger Lily. I’m definitely intimidated to read that one as well.

  11. We definitely have GoT intimidation in common…for me it’s all the scary violence stuff! But, that may be because I have only seen the show once and it was the most recent episode and apparently I was not the only one to have my face blown off by its craziness. Anyway!

    Back to the books – The Name of the Wind is on my TBR list as well, definitely intimidating! Although, I have read the Giver and I am happy to recommend it with absolutely no reservations. You’re right – it really is one of those genre-breaking novels (and I didn’t think I’d like Ender’s Game either! The cover on the version I bought was terrible). I think Meg @ Mad But Magic just reviewed Daughter of Smoke & Bone and liked it okay; and finally I admire you for getting past Outlander, let alone another Gabaldon book. I loved the first one until all of the terrible kidnapping assault business :(

    On that cheerful note, hah … seriously, sharp and fantastic little list! Thanks for posting :)

    Sam @ Mad But Magic

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  12. I really didn’t enjoy Name of the Wind at all. It falls into the category I call “Macho Mary Sue”. To put it another way, I found it to be a story which, if about a woman, would have been seen as over-the-top and ridiculous at every turn, but with a male protagonist he’s supposed to be the coolest guy with the most tragic past ever, or something. This is surely not everyone’s take on it, but I did read the entire first book despite misgivings, and I never cared to read any further. It also had a lot of “I’m going to hint real hard at my tragic past but I won’t tell you what happened yet!! Wink wink this will all be important in future books buy more!” urrgh.
    The Giver, on the other hand…it’s written for preteens or so and it’s short. Really short. The language isn’t especially fancy or poetic, what it has going for it is some very intriguing ideas and execution of a dystopian future. I really recommend it, and I don’t think you should be to intimidated. It’s also ok if you don’t like all of it, it’s worth a try, right?
    I sometimes feel like the only person in the world with no interest in Game of Thrones. I enjoy Pratchett now and then, but I’m not a hardcore fan, so perhaps I’d also like Dodger, which I hadn’t heard about. My Pratchett rec is his YA Tiffany Aching series about a young girl who is learning to be a witch.

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