Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top 10 Most Intimidating Books

Top 10 Most Intimidating Books
(might be intimidated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc.)
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While I was trying to put together this list, I realized that, for the most part, the most intimidating factor that affects my reading choices is size.  I blame it on my preference for teen books that generally top out at 350 pages.  Anything more than that, I tend to cringe these days.  Size isn't the only factor dominating my list.  There are a few I've read that I felt intimidating during the process...a few I want to read, but if I'm being honest, I doubt I will...and a few I just flat out won't read.  So there.  At least I'm honest.

1) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I recently watched the movie and was intrigued.  But the more I read about the book, the more I wonder if I would really grasp the overarching themes.  Plus, I've yet to tackle a Russian literature...so, yeah, that's against me.

2) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - 1,168 pages.

3) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervanteds Saavedra - 1,023 pages.  And the word "sagacity" is used in the description.  I had to look words up in the description.  Could be a LONG 1,023 pages.

4) The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - Loved the miniseries, but there is a lot of history, a lot of description, and a lot of characters to keep track of.

5)  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Very long, time-traveling, love story.  While intriguing, it all hinges on the very long.

6)  Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - I know he was trying to tell me something...but for the life of me, I have no idea what it was.

7) On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - So boring at the beginning.  I wanted so badly to put it down and walk away.  But I kept at it, and int he end it turned around.

8) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Several scenes I had to read aloud to really grasp the language.  Thank goodness I did, because it quickly became one of my favorites.

9) The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis - I have a tendency to get stuck on the surface.  Had to work a little to dig on this one.

10) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - And so we come to #10.  I will never read you.  I have tried, but I just can't do it.  You're too much and too dark.  But I'm okay with that.

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