July 2, 2013 • Cee • Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten most intimidating books.” We can be intimidated by the book’s size, content, or that everyone else loved it but you are sure you won’t. Whatever it is.  I have broken my top ten into two categories – young adult and classic literature. 

1. The Diviners by Libba Bray
I know I will love this book (because it’s set in my favorite time period), but the sheer size of this book is completely intimidating. It’s at least 550 pages. Dammmnnnn.

2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Any book that is sci-fi or steampunk makes me pause and wonder whether I should read it. There’s something about it that I don’t understand. I can’t explain it.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I’m usually weary of retelling of fairy tales. They never live up to my expectations. I really want to love this book. (We’ll see when I pick it up to read.)

4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
My feelings about this book is similar to my feelings about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I fear that I won’t like this book because the main character may be deluded by her so-called “love” for the bad boy so she lets him walk all over her even though he does shitty things (that angers me a lot). Also, I roll my eyes at YA books about fallen angels because it’s a topic that’s done consistently but not well in the books I’ve read.

5. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Revenge-based plots make me question about whether the reason for it is strong enough to be sustained the book. What if it isn’t? Or what if the revenge isn’t impactful? What if there’s a lack of character development? What ifs!

6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostevsky
I’ve heard excellent things about this book, but Russian Literature is INTIMIDATING, period.

7. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Classic literature is always intimidating. I’ve already convince myself that this book will be my favorite out of all the classics, but I’m scared that it won’t be.

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My sister and friends keep telling me that I’ll love the story, but I know the story so well that I feel like I won’t enjoy it when I actually read the book. I don’t want to disappoint them (which shouldn’t be a big deal since we all have differing opinions but still!).

9. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Any books that are American classics or a must-read or both makes me want to run in the opposite direction. What if I don’t find this book funny? What if I don’t “get” it? I get absolutely stressed out with these questions. I shouldn’t feel like that, but I think of how much classics I have to read. There’s too much!

10. Dubliners by James Joyce
Joyce’s writing is daunting to me. I read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and didn’t really enjoy it because I wasn’t a big fan of Joyce’s stream of consciousness writing. (I think the problem was lack of plot; I need a semblance of one.)

What books are on your list? Link me up! 


8 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY | Most Intimidating Books”

  1. I am a little intimidated by Cinder, and Jane Eyre, as well!
    You can find my TTT post here: http://wp.me/p3Bl4t-7I

  2. Book Blather says:

    I’m putting off reading Cinder for the exact same reason. :-(

  3. I used to think the same way with retellings too but Cinder definitely didn’t disappoint. Although the cover is kind of deceiving. Lol

    Here’s my Top 10

  4. ChrissiReads says:

    Great choices! I was put off reading Cinder, but I enjoyed it. Although, I did prefer the sequel Scarlet more.

  5. flipthatpage says:

    Classics everywhere! Cinder and Sweet Evil are pretty good, but I think they’re more my type than yours really. Great picks though! :D

  6. I totally agree about The Diviners, but I LOVED Cinder! I hope you do too! Classics always scare me. I’ve got a few on my list as well.

    – Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  7. I read Jane Eyre a few years ago after bribing myself to get through it — and I’m so glad I did. While it wasn’t my most favourite book at the time, I did like it. I just think, perhaps, I was too young to fully appreciate it. I’ve heard Jane Eyre is one of those books that require a reread, but when that time comes I don’t think I’ll be indimitaded. Classics aren’t for everyone, but the language is what does it for me — so rich! Fairy tale retellings also scare me, which is why I doubt I’ll pick up Cinder for quite some time.

  8. Kelly L. says:

    Don’t be intimidated by Cinder! It’s as good as everyone says, as long as you like Cinderella, Sailor Moon, and androids. o:
    As for Sweet Evil, that book was a bit meh sadly.
    Great list & thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

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