Egads! A Big Book!

We all have books that we kinda sorta want to read, but for some reason or other are intimidated to pick up. I gathered some of those scary books into one list. I realize that it is a bit ridiculous that I am intimidated by some of these books because they are ”big”, while at the same time I read George R.R. Martin’s novels… But for some reason big epic fantasy books have just never intimidated me!

Maija’s Top 7 Most Intimidating Books

Intimidation factor #1:
New author to me, writes big books

1. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
2. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
3. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Intimidation factor #2:
Authors whose other works I like, but am not certain about some books

4. The Left Hand of Darkness (or any science fiction book) by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Intimidation factor #3:
Hyped books that I’ve bought but not yet read for fear that I won’t like them

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

What are you intimidated by in books? Is there one in my list that I should definitely pick up as soon as possible?


This post is linked at “Top Ten Tuesday”, a weekly book list meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.


4 thoughts on “Egads! A Big Book!

  1. Yes, I can definitely see how Divergent is intimidating for you. Everyone loves it and what if you’re the only one who doesn’t?
    Great list & thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

    • I put Divergent on my Summer TBR list and I do intend to pick it up and finally read it this summer… Doesn’t stop me from still being intimidated by it! :D

  2. I was really afraid of The Night Circus and of Divergent, but I got over it and they turned out to be 2 of my favorite books ever! Sometimes the hype is right and a book really is just that good. I get the intimidation though!
    I haven’t heard of your first 3 picks, but I remember Le Guin’s Earthsee books from when I was younger. I kind of had my problems with them though…
    Les Misérables intimidates me too. Any Victor Hugo book, actually. I feel like I should read them in French but I know my French isn’t really good enough for that anymore…
    Thanks so much for stopping by my list :)

    • I’ve read the EarthSea books a long time ago and remember liking them, so I would like to try her scifi works. I’m just very intimidated by scifi…

      I did read the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Hugo, and while I did end up loving the book because of the second half, the first half was SUCH a drag. Hugo liked to go off on in-depth architectural essays… That is why Les Misérables is so scary, because the book is so much bigger and I’m not sure I want to be exposed to more of those essays!

      I have studied French, too, for five years, but that was a long time ago and I don’t think my French would be good enough for the older vocabulary likely used in Les Mis.

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