Top Ten Tuesday – Most Intimidating Books

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This weeks topic is Top Ten Books that are intimidating! It can be based on size, content, or even a book that everyone else loves but you aren’t sure you will.

Most of the books on my list are due to the number of pages and size. They are mostly works of adult fiction, I find YA is much easier to dive into!


1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

My friend let me borrow this book last summer and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I think it is mostly due to the size (925 pages) and just how large the book is, but also because of the density of Murakami books. I really have to immerse myself when I start reading anything by him. I tend to read 3 books at a time (switching back and forth between them) but I can’t do that with Murakami, I need to invest the time to focus on it completely and I haven’t really found the time yet. Hopefully I’ll finish it soon so I can give it back to my friend!

2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This book is a whopping 1,168 pages long. That alone makes it incredibly intimidating to start but I have also heard such mixed reviews, it seems like the type of book that people either love or hate. I wouldn’t like to spend all that time reading it only to find out I am part of the latter group!

3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I really want to read this series because I love the TV show but something keeps holding me back. My boyfriend is on the third book and basically he doesn’t make it very appealing for me. I keep reading great reviews but he told me it is pretty boring, drags on and gets very confusing between all the characters. This doesn’t really turn me off because I felt like the Lord of the Rings was like this the first time I read it (especially the part about being confusing!)

4. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

This is another novel that hits the 1,000 page mark and I think it is the only intimidating because of the sheer size and the copy I own has really tiny printing. I have only read great reviews on it and a friend who has great taste recommended it to me. I bought it for 50 cents at my library so I really don’t have any excuse not to read it!

5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I own this book but it has been sitting on my shelf since it was released back in May 2012. I really, really love the first two novels in this series and I have read a bunch of reviews that say this just doesn’t measure up to those and some people were pretty disappointed. I think I have been holding off because I am worried that I won’t like it and that will somehow ruin how I feel about the first two books. Weird, I know but that is how I feel!


6. Dune by Frank Herbert

I really love sci-fi but I find it a challenge to read only because it usually takes me a while to finish them. I have been meaning to read this book forever but the 608 pages is intimidating to me. One day I will read this classic!

7. Inferno (The Divine Comedy) by Dante

This seems to be one of those books that I keep starting to read and can never finish. It is very interesting but very difficult to read and usually I have to re-read each paragraph to try to understand what is going on. Sure, I could use SparkNotes or something similar to translate everything for me but I love inventing my own interpretations! It just takes me a lot longer, but I hope I can finally finish this book within the next year!

8. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan by Rem Koolhaas

I have wanted to read this book for a while but I am a bit worried I might not like it as much as other readers. I have read a few reviews that say Rem is not a writer and can be very unclear. As far as architectural/urbanism books go for me I don’t think I would enjoy a writer who was difficult to understand, but I feel like I should give it a chance since everyone has their own definition of what is “bad” or “good” writing.

9. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I have tried twice to get into this book, it seems really intriguing but the size and topic is a bit intimidating. A lot of reviews also comment on how they only finish half of the book because it tapers off. I am not sure I want to invest time into this if it doesn’t really go anywhere but there are also a lot of great reviews!

10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

This is another book borrowed from a friend that I have had for waaaay too long. I think it has been over a year that I have had this and I have tried to pick it up a few times but always end up getting side tracked even though I have enjoyed everything I have read so far.


Leave me a comment below and let me know what your most intimidating books are!


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