Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books

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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books 
(whether size, content, everyone else loves it but you don't think you will, etc.)

Shannon's Picks:

1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
I love, LOVE the musical...but this is so long!  I tried to read it back in high school, but after 100 pages of just the priest, I gave up.

Les Misérables


2. Catcher in the Rye
I am 100% certain I would hate this book.  

The Catcher in the Rye


3. 50 Shades of Grey
Fan-Fiction-writers-turned-published-authors and I don't generally mix well.  Nothing about this book interests me.  I honestly cannot see the appeal.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)


4. "Issues" Books
These intimidate me in the sense that I am just not sure I want to read about drug addiction/abuse/anorexia.  I know there are some very very good books out there that deal with it, but I have a hard time wanting to read books with that as the main subject.

Crank (Crank, #1)


5. Haruki Murakami books
I have heard such good things about them, but the length does intimidate me.



6. Literary Award winners
Sometimes I feel like there is something wrong with me.  Like, do I only like drivel?  Can I not understand literature?  I feel like I should like "critically acclaimed" books, but usually I don't.  I'll be honest and say I read for enjoyment/escapism and find many of these books depressing or I have a really hard time relating.  Case in point:

A Visit from the Goon Squad


7. Michael Chabon books
This is like the Murakami novels.  I've heard such good things, but the length, density, font size are all intimidating to me.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay


8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is a very popular novel right now and everyone seems to love it.  I feel like I would be bored.  And after doing this list, I feel like I'm hard to please - haha!

The Great Gatsby


9. Romance Novels
Heaving bosoms I can do without.

Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)


10. Science Fiction  
I'm not totally against Science Fiction at all, but I am narrow in the scope of what I enjoy.  My dad collects 20th Science Fiction and reads authors like Greg Bear.  I find these type books to be kind of boring and too "technical".  I prefer swords to phasers.

 Eon (The Way #1)


  1. Les Mis is seriously intimidating. If you thought all the stuff about the priest was bad, the unabridged version gives you the back story for ALL the characters. Like their whole life story. Still, overall the book was really good. :)

    My TTT

  2. Good list, I have Les Miserable on my list as well. As far as issue books go I can understand how they might not be your thing but I personally love them especially Ellen Hopkins books because even though they are issue books the characters still feel real and their issue is just a part of their character not the whole character.



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