Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this is a weekly feature that has quickly become one of my favorites. I love reminiscing about books I’ve read and I love talking about them even more. This week’s topic is a little more forward-looking:
Top 10 Most Intimidating Books
(Gosh, just looking at these covers makes me cringe)
#1: The Lord of the Rings – I love the movies passion – they are my all-time favorites – and I wanted nothing more than to read the books that inspired them… I made it through the Fellowship (barely) but decided to stop reading because I was basically just going through the motions. My eyes were scanning the pages, but my attention was just not there. I have read a lot of dry fantasies over the years but this one takes the cake. If it hadn’t been for the epic action-packed movies, I might have been able to get into them more. I think I’ll stick with Viggo Mortensen on this one…
#2: The Book Thief – I have yet to talk to someone who’s read this who didn’t absolutely love it. To me, it looks boring. Now, I’m sure it’s an exceptional book and rewarding to anybody who picks it up, but everything from the cover to the summary puts me off.
#3 The Lord of Chaos – I’ve read the first in this series and am in no hurry to continue on. Everybody I’ve talked to about this series says it “gets boring between books 6 – 10” so I just need to “ride it out” because he “gets better” and “it’s worth it.” That’s like three or four thousand pages of “hang in there.” Does this sound appealing to anybody else? And you know what the stupid thing is? I’ll probably read them, anyway.
#4: Touched by Venom – for some reason, I’ve had these books on my shelf for at least ten years but have yet to open one. The longer I wait, the more afraid I am that they won’t be as good as I hope they’ll be.
#5: Hominids – I find the concept of this series highly fascinating. It explores an alternate reality where Neanderthal, rather than humans, inherited the world. I’ve tried to pick it up a couple of times, but it’s so darned scientific and cerebral that he loses me. I love learning things from books, but there’s a point where story needs to be just as important as the concept.
#6: The Dark Moom – I bought these books (at a rather expensive price) over ten years ago. They’ve been collecting dust on my shelf ever since. I have no idea what they are about and am a little afraid to find out – what if I invested all that money and space for nothing? Book hoarder problems 101.
#7: Beautiful Creatures – I bought the big expensive boxed set of these books after seeing a preview for the movie. I don’t even know if I’m going to like them, but they were pretty. That kind of attitude always gets me into trouble.
#8: Way of Kings – People rave about this book. I can’t imagine not liking it after all the incredible endorsements I’ve gotten for it, but the fear is still there. This is one of the few that actually intimidates me because of its size (I’ve been reading teen to long).
#9: Aurian – I actually swallowed my fear and am currently reading this one. This author’s other series (beginning with The Heart of Myrial) was my favorite for several years. I find this one intimidating because it’s only available as a mass-market paperback and holy snot-balls is the writing tiny! It literally hurts my face to read, but so far the story is pretty good… please expect my review sometime in 2014.
#10: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I’m really afraid I’m not going to like this series. You see, I’m positively NOT a fan of “punchy” humor in books (such as Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett). As Adams is sometimes held in that same category, I fear the worst. Also, I think my husband might actually divorce me if I don’t like these books.
There you have it! Does anybody else find these as intimidating as I do?
Outside of LotR, the only one I’ve read is Hitchhiker’s. I do remember it being intimidating before I read it, but I loved the entire series. It’s smart punchy, if that’s a thing, which made all the difference for me.
As for the others, the covers for “Lord of Chaos” and “The Way of Kings” intimidate me. I’m so used to Urban Fantasy at this point that I have a hard time with most traditional fantasy because it reads so differently. There just seems to be more of a sense of otherness not only of the fantasy worlds but of the characters and that style of cover usually graces those sorts of books.
It would definitely have to be smart punchy for me to like it. I also feel like I’m missing out on a lot of funny “nerd” jokes from the book and the movie (my husband will laugh at something that I won’t get in then explained to me that it was a Douglas Adams reference. It happened like three times). I might have to suck it up and just read it, lol.
I have been on a real urban fantasy kick lately and I agree that they read totally different. I’m also reading a lot of teen, which puts me in the habit of finishing a book every two days or so. Fantasy takes a lot more time, although I’m usually glad I spent it when I finish.
Honestly, I thought The Book Thief looked really boring when I bought it, too. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing at all. But now it’s one of my favorite books ever, so. Zusak has a really interesting way of narrating the story (with Death) and once you start, I dare you to stop. :) I couldn’t stand the writing or the characters in Beautiful Creatures, but maybe you’ll have better luck with it than me. Happy reading!
You are not the only one who’s told me that, but you are the first to mention the different POV… I am actually a lot more intrigued now, so thank you.
As for beautiful creatures, I was afraid of that. That’s what I get for buying it just because I liked the covers – ha ha.
haha. Love your comment on BC. But the book’s fine I guest. The length is just too long. Even so, I still love it :D
Here’s my Top 10
LOL – thanks! It’s really nice to hear good feedback on the books. I really did have a lot invested in them :-)
The Lord of the Rings has been on my list for years now and still I have yet to read it. I love fantasy and sci-fi so I have no idea what is stopping me.
Thanks for sharing your list!
My TTT; http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-most-intimidating-books/
It was on mine for quite a while, too. I hope you have better luck getting through it than I did – loving fantasy is always an excellent start!
I LOVE the Beautiful Creatures series, but I despised the movie. I would think you’d like them, but I also loved The Book Thief and Lord of the Rings so who knows lol…I’m also afraid of The Hitchhiker’s Guide. I bought a really cool edition, but I haven’t even opened it yet :S
I think my biggest problem with Lord of the Rings was that I was reading it because I felt like I should and not because it was what I was genuinely in the mood for at the time. The Book Thief is one that, despite its good endorsements I’m still not sure that I will ever pick up. As for beautiful creatures, I have a lot invested in them in the form of a big hardcover boxed set, so that’s even more pressure for them to be good – I’m really glad you liked them, it gives me hope! :)