Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. Here’s my Top Ten in no particular order:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card–I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about these books. Some people hate it, some love it, and I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t like the way Orson Scott Card writes women. I want to read this because the movie is coming out this year, but I’m not sure I’ll like it.

Sever by Lauren Destefano–I got this book the day it came out but it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. Wither was fantastic but the sequel, Fever, was a big disappointment. I think the reason I haven’t picked this up yet is because I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling–This is another book that has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. I am a huge Harry Potter fan so I feel like I should read everything Rowling ever writes, but to be honest the plot of The Casual Vacancy really doesn’t interest me at all.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater–I’ve had this book on my Nook for awhile but haven’t read it. I didn’t like Stiefvater’s Shiver series but I love The Raven Boys so I’m wondering how I will feel about this one. It did win a bunch of awards, but I’m not sure if the story is one I would like.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin–Aside from the size of this book, the amount of huge books in this series is very intimidating. I feel like once I start this book it’ll take me months to get through the series, so I’ve yet to start it.

Rapture by Lauren Kate–I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series but the second and third were just plain awful. I have a thing about wanting to finish the entire series no matter what, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read this yet.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare–I love this series but I haven’t started this final book yet because, aside from it being huge, I haven’t decided myself how I want it to end. This is one of those love triangles where I like both choices so I think I would be happy however it turned out, but I’m nervous about how it will end.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini–The problem with this series is that the books came out so far apart. There were three years between the release of each book, so by the time the next book came out I had already forgotten what happened in the previous ones. This is another series I just need to finish, but the fact that this book is huge and I don’t even remember what happened in the past few books is intimidating.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien–I read all three of the Lord of the Rings books and wanted to pull my hair out the entire time I was reading them. I’ve heard that The Hobbit is not as bad as those books, but I’m still hesitant to read it.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young–This is a really popular series that I’ve been meaning to get into, but I’ve heard that a lot of people have problems reading it because it’s written in dialect. I’m not sure if this would bother me, but it has stopped me from picking it up yet.

Which books do you find most intimidating and why? What is your Top Ten this week?

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

  1. Sever could have been on my list. It’s been sitting unread on my shelves, too, even though I really liked the first two in the series. I had to put Blood Red Road aside the first time, because the strange writing style really got under my skin. However, once I made myself see past that, I realized that it was actually pretty awesome. Happy reading!

  2. I loved the Scorpio races almost as much as I did The Raven Boys, so I think you’ll appreciate it too. The synopsis didn’t interest me, but I found the book itself quite remarkable 🙂 I LOVE The Clockwork Princess. It was heart wrenching, and heart warming, and some of the best quotes on earth may be found in that book. I was more for Jem, but I couldn’t live with that if it meant Will would get hurt, but Cassie Clare is a genius for working around it. You’ll see! I just teared up at the end. I was so happy. I reaaaally think you should start reading it now 🙂 Great picks though!

  3. The Hobbit reeeeaally isn’t as bad as LOTR….I read it back when I worked in Carey’s book room and it wasn’t bad at all.

  4. Oh, Scorpio Races! That definitely could have gone on my list. And I didn’t like Ender’s Game. I had to read it for a class in grad school and didn’t get very far into it at all before I set it aside. Just not my thing.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  5. Hello! I found your blog from the Super Sweet Blogging Award you were nominated for by “The Day Dreaming, Candy Eating, Red Headed Bookworm”!
    I’ve read a few of these books (Enders Game, Game of Thrones, Inheritance, Hobbit) and I have to say I enjoyed each one on different levels and for different reasons. I think you have to be in a sci-fi, futuristic state of mind to enjoy Enders Game. You have to have a LOT of time for Game of Thrones (Totally worth it – this one is my favorite books of all time). Inheritance is pretty easy to breeze through (as long as it hasn’t been too long since you’ve read the first three, otherwise it can be a little confusing as you try to remember everything that’s happened up until that point). And The Hobbit, well, is The Hobbit. For me, it’s the foundation for most of the epic fantasy novels on the market today.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

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