Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Posted July 2, 2013 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I have an aversion to large books, classics and generally any book that is loved by the masses. (If you tell me I HAVE to read this, I probably won’t. At least not for a long time.) These books are all on my TBR and I have every intention of getting around to these books eventually… just no idea when.
The Stand by Stephen King
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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8 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

  1. Lauren

    I am also scared to read The Count of Monte Cristo — it's massive! But I urge you to read The Book Thief! It's easily one of my most treasured books.
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  2. I really need to read The Book Thief…but I'm scared to! Great list. I've not read the majority of these and feel intimidated to them too.

  3. The Stand! I'm intimidated by that one too – for both its size and because it is by Stephen King. So many people love that one though!

    Neil Gaiman intimidates me for every book. I've only read Stardust, but all his novels are so loved that it makes me exceedingly nervous. I've owned American Gods for almost a year and I just can't make myself crack it open. It's nice to know I am not alone!

    The Count of Monte Cristo is daunting, but I can tell you it is so good. It's ridiculously huge, but honestly, it's one of the easiest classics to read. I encourage you to try this one. I will be your personal cheerleader.

    THE HISTORIAN. Omg.I love this book. It is in my top All Time Five Favorites. It is huge, and the writing style is weirdish at first, but it is so worth the time. And honestly, it reads fast once you get into it. I promise.

    Anna Karenina. Hmmm. Well. I mean it's okay. I liked it, but it is a frustrating novel at times, especially if you are a feminist. I wouldn't say it's overrated, but… it's not as good as some would have you think.

    THE BOOK THIEF. All the tears for this one. Another weird one, but it is so affecting and beautiful. Another I really would be interested to see how you liked.

    Very good list – Empire Falls, Gone with the Wind – those two intimidate me so much I try to ignore that they exist!
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  4. Heidi

    Oh gosh… I can't tell you how much I love Gone with the Wind I have read it countless times. The Historian was good but it kind of fizzled at the end. Tolstoy… skip it… long and dreadfully boring….The Stand is awesome because it is King. The Book Thief is one I need to read but can't bring myself to do it. I also want to read the Gaiman book.
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  5. Heidi

    Oh and the Count of Monte Cristo is fantastic! One of my all time favs!
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  6. Michael

    I really enjoyed The Master and Margarita but it's not easy, pass on The Book Thief (lol I'm the only one that thinks that). Read list
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  7. THE BOOK THIEF! Ummm, yeah, you should read that one. Anna Karenina also scares me, but not as much as War and Peace, both of which I REALLY want to read. Empire Falls and The Master and Margarita are also intimidating to me. I love The Count of Monte Cristo though. So, so good.
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