Happy Tuesday, friends! 👋🏻 This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is a freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about which books I am most intimidated it.
I am not afraid to admit that certain kinds of books intimidate me, whether that is because of the length of the book, the content inside the book, or even how popular the book is. There is absolutely nothing wrong with knowing what works for you and what doesn’t, but sometimes we do need to get out of our comfort zones and try out new things with our reading, so I may end up reading the books that scare me someday!
Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Have you seen the size of this book? It’s huge! I am not used to reading gigantic YA books so this is one that I would have to take a steady pace with.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I have had this book sitting on my shelves for a very long time and it’s another huge book that I would have to take my time with. Plus, this is one of my mum’s favourite books so that puts the pressure on.
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab – Another giant book! I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and the size of the books in the rest of the series are so intimidating that I don’t even have copies of them. When I do eventually get around to A Gathering of Shadows, I’ll have to reread ASDOM first, but that’s not a huge problem for me.
The Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien – I constantly go back and forth on whether I want to read this series or not because I tried reading The Hobbit when I was 14 and didn’t like it. Also, the fandom of this series can be very intense at times when it comes to “outsider” opinions, and then there’s also apparently the amount of nothing that goes on at times. High fantasy isn’t my favourite genre, especially when the lore is as dense as it is here, so I don’t know.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick – This is a shorter book but I’m still intimidated by it because Dick is considered to be one of the greats of sci-fi, and of course, that’s terrifying to me because there’s more pressure to enjoy something when the person who made it is held in such high regard. I may read this one in November for Sci-Fi Month but I don’t have a set TBR for then yet.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – This is a shorter book and also a classic, but the thing that intimidates me so much about this book is its subject matter. Reading a book about paedophilia from a child molester’s point of view makes me feel so uneasy, but knowing that Nabokov himself did not side with the protagonist makes me feel a little better because there are authors out there who would write about this subject matter while sympathising with the paedophile protagonist and projecting themselves onto them. (*cough*callmebyyourname*cough*)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I think this book is the shortest on this list, but that still doesn’t stop me from shaking in my boots every time I pick it up. One of my very good friends from university holds this series in very high regard so there’s pressure there, and it’s also a staple of British sci-fi.
Dune by Frank Herbert – I initially thought that this book was going to be a mighty tome but it’s actually more on the medium-length side. But from what I recall, this entire series is also heavy on the lore which comes with the space opera subgenre of sci-fi. At least I think this is a space opera. It certainly seems like one.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – If there has ever been a book to be scared of, it’s this one. Not only is this book gigantic, but it is also jam-packed with Ayn Rand’s personal philosophy, and if you enjoy it the most vicious of Rand’s detractors on Twitter will find you and kill you in your sleep. What a conundrum.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – It is no secret that this book is beloved by bookish netizens, and I know that I’m not alone in being intimidated by how much hype there is surrounding this entire series. How could I not be so scared?
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What books are you intimidated by? What makes a book intimidating to you?