This week's theme from The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Most Intimidating Books.
Woah. Talk about a frightening topic. I'm going to try to pull from my TBR list so that I can make a case for why I haven't read them yet. And maybe one or two that are not on the TBR list and then I can defend myself as to why they're not there.
Sound good to you guys? Okay, good!
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Have you seen the size of this book? It's massive! And I want to read it this year. I'm not sure that's a possible feat for me unless I'm also reading another book at the same time.
2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - I think I am still in the can't let go of Harry Potter stage. I'm sure this book is amazing because JKR is an amazing author. But, I want more Harry.
3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - I'm worried I'm going to be an awful medieval historian and not enjoy this book. It's bad enough that I haven't read it yet, but then to not like it?
4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Tough topic, long book, and Steinbeck? I'm so afraid of this book it's not even funny. And people love it!
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan - Everyone loves Atonement. I am so worried I won't like it and I'll be the black sheep of the reading world. I don't know what else is holding me back, but that's a huge fear of mine with this one.
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - It's War and Peace. Enough said.
7. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Another book everyone loves. And it really seems I should love this book too. But what if I don't? (That seems to be the constant refrain in this list, doesn't it?)
8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - Anyone who loves SciFi seems to have read this book and loved it. It's intimidating to me for that reason and that it's SO LONG and detailed. I'm just worried I'll read it and miss so much of what's going on.
9. The Once and Future King by T.H. White - Everyone loves King Arthur and this is the book where the modern story adaptation of the Arthur tale comes from. Will it live up to everything else I know about King Arthur and his pals?
10. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore - I'm just not sure I'm ready to let go of this world yet. And when I finish this book, it's over. No more surprises, no more adventures.
What about you? What books are so intimidating to you that you keep putting off reading them? Is it the length of the book or a fear of a series ending? What happens when you don't love a book everyone else loves?