top ten tuesday: most intimidating books

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s Tuesday once again, and that means that it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog the Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, which means that it’s up to us to choose our own theme! I’ve decided to go with my Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. So, in no particular order:

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I’ve heard that this one can be incredibly dull, but I’ve also heard some pleasant reviews about it. It seems like quite a dense novel, and its mixed reputation is why I’m a little hesitant to read it.
  2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Before I read this novel I was very intimidated by it, mostly due to its large size (nearly 800 pages) and its small font. However, after having read it I have to say that I had nothing to be afraid of! The story is so well written and developed and the entire idea behind it is just so fascinating.
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I have not read this book, and I don’t think I plan to any time soon. I’ve heard that it’s incredibly sad, and I’m not one to voluntarily read very sad books. (Says the girl who rereads The Fault in Our Stars every year…. so maybe I do read sad books?) Still, this one looks REALLY sad, and I just don’t know if I want to read it.
  4. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. I had to read this book for my AP World History class last summer, and I was extremely intimidated by it- and with good reason. The majority of this book was the history of agriculture and gathering food, how different plants became more common and animals domesticated in different societies around the globe, etc. Fun fun fun in July, believe me.
  5. The Peculiar Institution by Kenneth M. Stampp. Let me tell you, this book is extremely intimidating. It’s a book dedicated to the topic of slavery in antebellum South, and it seems as though it discusses Every. Single. Aspect. I did end up learning a lot from it and discovered that Stampp is an excellent writer, but at first I was VERY hesitant to read it. I didn’t have a choice, though, because it was assigned reading for my AP United States History class this year.
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I think this one kind of speaks for itself. It’s the final installment in a truly amazing and epic series, and I was extremely intimidated by it. Just thinking about all the endings and last moments it would inevitably contain made me afraid to read it. Luckily Rowling is a masterful writer, and this was a brilliant conclusion to a spectacular story.
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I had to read this book earlier this year in my American Literature class, and at first I was very intimidated by it. I had heard so many amazing things about the story and its impact over nearly the last century, and the prospect of reading it was sort of overwhelmingly. However, I can say now that this is one of my favorite novels of all time, and it is definitely worth reading!
  8. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I still have not read this one, and I am still thoroughly intimidated by it. I’ve heard so many mixed things about it that I just don’t know what to believe. I’ve heard it’s easy to follow, super confusing, really fast-paced, slow and boring, absolutely worth reading, a book you could do without- the list goes on and on!
  9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The controversy over the ending of this series really intimidated me. Endings are always fairly intimidating, but people seemed to either really love or absolutely hate the ending of this particular book. Going into it I was very afraid of what I might find, and with good reason. (If you’ve read it, then you probably know what I mean.)
  10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ll admit: I totally read this series because everyone else was. I didn’t really know anything about it, but everyone else seemed to love it so I thought I should probably read it. It was intimidating at first because I really wanted to like it since everyone else did. Turns out that I enjoyed it, but it’s definitely not my favorite series ever. And I’m completely fine with that.

What books do you find intimidating? Have you ever read Moby Dick, Thirteen Reasons Why, or A Game of Thrones? What did you think of them? Should I read them? Let me know in the comments section below!




7 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: most intimidating books

  1. I did find Moby Dick very dull when I first tried to read it, the second attempt made it seem better and I actually finished. There are parts I really appreciated, but I didn’t love the book – maybe the third time will be the charm. Love your list! Even I was intimidated to read Harry Potter 7!


  2. Excellent list! I’m reading The Goldfinch right now — and loving it. Although it’s not on my list, I ended up with some pretty lengthy ones on my list that could definitely be categorized as intimidating. Here’s mine.


  3. Thirteen reasons why is a pretty great book and definitely worth the read! I also agree with the whole Hunger Games, Allegiant and Harry Potter reasoning…


  4. if you like the show, you will probably like the book (game of thrones). I heard bad things so i did not read it for the longest time. But i am glad I have started reading the series. I have finished the first two in under 2 weeks!


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