Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week, we’re admitting our fear of ten intimidating books!
1. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. I have yet to actually read a Russian novel. This one has been recommended as one of the easiest, but I’m still nervous about it.
2. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov. More Russians! I know it’s a classic and I ought to get to it, but the content gives me the heebie-jeebies.
3. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I tried to read this one and it was just too experimental for my tastes. Everyone else seems to have loved it, though. I guess this has two intimidating aspects: the book itself, and the wrath of the reading community should I ever admit I didn’t like it.
4. “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski. This might be the most bizarre book in existence, with its four or five nesting-doll plots, and it’s gigantic. I’m kind of interested in attempting to read it, just to see what it’s like.
5. “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. Everybody who’s read this swears it’s the best book in the world – but that’s what they said about “The Book Thief,” too, and this one is a lot longer. I’ll probably read it soon, but I’m afraid of being let down.
6. “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett. I know a few people who have really enjoyed this, but the premise and the interconnectedness of its plot lines seems like it could get frustrating. Oh, and it’s fifty thousand pages long.
7. “A Song of Ice & Fire” by George R. R. Martin. Its multiple POV characters and intertwining plot make these books intimidating right off the bat. Add a whole lot of sexual violence and Martin’s fondness for killing off main characters, it’s enough for me to not want to read them. I like my emotional investment to pay off, thank you very much.
8. “Shogun” by James Clavell. This is one of Kevin’s all-time favorites, but it’s so dense that I’m afraid to try it.
10. “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke. Another huge book that people swear is incredible. I’m determined to read it this summer!
What books have you steered clear of, either because of size, content, or popularity? Are there any you’d consider reading?