Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is about books that intimidate you, for any reason – length, seemingly universal love (or hate), expectations, etc. I’ve got a mix of all three of those reasons on my list today. You can join in at this post here.
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker – I went though a phase where I loved vampire literature (still do to an extent) but I could never bring myself to read the classic, started it all novel. I’ve tried, but I’m terrified it’s going to disappoint me.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’ve never read any Austen, but P&P is the one I’m most intimidated by. This book is a classic, highly praised. What if I just don’t see the appeal?
3. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery – my mother absolutely loves and adores these books, and ever since I was old enough for them she has asked me to read them. In the beginning, I refused because I had “better” things to read, and it was my mom recommending them. Now, I refuse just because I’m scared I won’t love them as much as she does.
4. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake is one of my all-time favourites. I was so excited when I saw the sequel and bought it immediately. But every time I pick it up to read it, I put it back down. What if it’s not as good as the first? Would it ruin my love for Oryx and Crake?
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I saw the movie and really enjoyed it, but every time I go to pick up the book in the bookstore, I put it back down. This book is large, guys. Long and small printed.
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green – John Green guys, John Green. I’m so nervous to start this one, like, what if I actually don’t like it?
7. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson – this one keeps staring at my from my bookshelves. I have started it, but I’m worried it’s going to go completely over my head with all it’s wonderful science, so I keep putting off finishing it.
8. Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane – her Young Wizards series is one of my comfort series of books, and I think I’m just nervous to read something different from the same author.
9. The Passage by Justin Cronin – a lengthy book with an epic storyline, it intimidates me. I don’t think I have enough time (or brain power left after the school year) to properly give this one a try.
10. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – I have never read a Stephen King, mostly because myself and horror don’t mix. I’ve heard this series is not as horror fueled, though, but I’m still nervous to try.