Top Ten Tuesday (5)


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Intimidating Books

So, without further ado…

My Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

1. The Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Why: Anything by Ayn Rand is totally intimidating.  The length, the words, the content: all of it.

2. War and Peace (or War, what is it good for for all you Seinfeld fans!) & Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Why: I am pretty sure at least one of these books are on 80% of lists today. Russian books with 1300+ pages doesn’t sound like a light read.

3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Why: I tried to read this in high school after Rory Gilmore talked about how she read it as a young girl.  But, I couldn’t do it.

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Why: This book is supposed to be terrifying and I haven’t gotten the guts to read it yet.

5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Why: The content matter *blushes*

6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Why: I read Abaslom, Absalom this year and learned just how much Faulkner likes words.  I’m still not over the experience, so I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon.

7. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Why: After I read Hunger Games, I was scouring the internet for something to read that was similar. This popped up and here I am three years later having not read it.  I don’t think it is the size so much as the fact that it is translated from Japanese and I know it will not be an easy read.  This is one I definitely do plan to read someday.

8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Why: I have no real reason other than it isn’t an easy read.  Sometimes these kind of books get pushed aside until I’m assigned to read them.

9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Why: Umm, one of the most blushworthy books.  Even if I may not understand half the words, I know they are!

10. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, & Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Why: Okay, so I have to admit something.  As a kid, I devoured books just as much as I do now.  My dad would take me to the library, get me as many books as I could check out and make me swear not to read them before the week was over.  I would get books taken away as punishment, and my mom would have to hide them from me because I would stay up all night reading under the covers.

So, as a young girl, I read books like Jurassic Park, It, The Shining, Mary Higgins Clark, and other terrifying books for kids.  And because of that, I developed an over-active imagination.  So, it has taken several years for me to start reading and watching scary movies, books, tv shows.  I am getting better, but these three books are three I probably will never read.  As good as they are, I know I wouldn’t sleep for weeks!

So, that’s it!  A tough list for sure.  What are some of your most intimating reads?  Have you overcome any of them?