Top 5 intimidating books

I guess I should have been a little more specific with this topic, but I kind of wanted to leave it open to your interpretation. I’ve had a couple people ask me if this was supposed to be intimidating books on your TBR or books that you’ve read. My answer – it could be either! I’m choosing to do books on my TBR but you can also choose books that you’ve read 🙂

Some books are intimidating and for different reasons. Some could just be ginormous and you’re wondering how long it could take to read 1000 pages or more. Some books could deal with a topic that you’re not ready to handle. Or some books could have a lower than expected reputation. Here are my top 5 intimidating books on my TBR and why:

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Outlander

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon is possibly the number one most intimidating book on my TBR – and for so many reasons. Number 1 – it’s huge. The book itself is quite long but there’s also the fast that there are like, what, 8 books in the series so far? I don’t know how many there are. All that I know is it’s a lot! And it’s also intimidating because I know there’s a tv series I’ll want to watch afterwards! AND, I have a feeling that I’m going to go head over heels for the series so I’ll want to continue right away. It’s just a lot to commit to!!

the-black-prism

THE BLACK PRISM by Brent Weeks is intimidating for pretty much all the same reasons as Outlander. The books are really long and the series is 4 books long right now. Not sure if there will be more. But it’s also intimidating because it’s an epic fantasy with a new world to learn and a complicated magic system I guess. I’m still so excited for it though!

The Cuckoos calling

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith is intimidating for a whole different reason. The books aren’t long and the series isn’t that long, but it’s written by J.K. Rowling so I’m going into it hoping that it will be stellar (because she wrote it) and I’m also worried that it will be like Casual Vacancy (which bored me more than any other book ever has). It’s also a mystery/thriller which is a genre I rarely reach for. I keep putting this series off….

The Goldfinch

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt caught my eye as soon as it was released. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds very interesting, but there’s just something about it that I worry I won’t relate to. For some reason I have this impression in my mind that I would need to be the right type of person to appreciate it. I’m almost positive i’m going to like this but, due to it’s size, I’m worried I won’t like it and waste a lot of time figuring that out. This is one that I need to slap myself in the face to knock out my own assumptions. Because I’m probably going to love it!

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I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter makes the list for a totally different reason from the rest. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. But I also know that it’s going to touch emotions I didn’t know I had and will crush my heart. I predict me trying to protect the pages from my tears as I read this book. It just sounds so important, heart shattering, and emotional. I can’t wait to read it but I’m a little scared by what it’s going to do to me!

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In 2017 my goal was to read a certain amount of pages instead a certain amount of books. I wanted to stop myself from being intimidated by longer books – and it worked! I taught myself that it really doesn’t take that much longer to read a big book opposed to a medium sized one. And I’ve also learned from experience that hard hitting books are sometimes the most memorable. So all of these books on my list are ones that I CAN’T WAIT to get to, intimidation or not. I will probably feel better knowing that I’ve read and conquered them! What are your most intimidating reads?

Until next time, happy reading!

 

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  1. Oh, the first book in a series can be SO intimidating to read, because you know you’ll want to just bang out the rest of the series and before you know it, your entire reading list has fallen by the wayside!

    Great list. 🙂

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    1. That’s exactly it! I know that if I start some of these series then all the other books I want to get to won’t get read soon. But I should also be excited that I’m getting through a series……. double edged sword! 😂

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  2. Great list! The Goldfinch is definitely on my list of intimidating books as well. I really want to read it, but I am for some reason afraid to commit to it, even though everyone says it’s the perfect book for me.

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    1. So I’m not the only one that does this?! People who know my reading tastes well have said I will love it but yet I still haven’t gotten to it….. it makes no sense!! 😂

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      1. You’re not alone, I do it all the time 😂

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  3. Fantastic subject I’m going to join in as I’ve been put off by so many books for various different reasons.

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      1. No I don’t think I got a ping back notification – so thanks for sending me the link! I’ll get you added to the list shortly 🙂

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          1. Oh and yes I did get a ping back! I just didn’t see it yet 😂

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    1. It’s so funny how we put off reading books – especially those that we think we will love!

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  4. I really want to read Outlander but the size has been putting me off! I have had my eye on The Goldfinch since it came out but I am also intimidated by it!

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    1. My mom has been obsessed with Outlander since it was released. She has the first edition hardcover so I’ve been looking at that book since I was a kid! 😂

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  5. I’ve had The Black Prism on my Kindle for a couple of years now, because it’s so intimidating. I love Outlander (the show and the books) and The Cuckoo’s Calling was good. I really enjoyed how British it was. 😛

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    1. I love all things British so maybe I’ll end up liking it a lot! Good to know 🙂

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  6. The black Prism is indeed intimidating but imo it’s worth it! And The Goldfinch is one of my fav books ever 😭

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    1. This makes me a little less nervous to get to those two books! My plan in 2018 is to read my back-listed books so I hope these will both happen this year 🙂

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  7. Naty says:

    I’ve been intending to read The Goldfinch for soooo long… and also A Little Life! But next week I will definitely pick up A Little Life!

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    1. I’ve had A Little Life on my wish list for the longest time but it scared me too much to get it. I’ve seen that book on 5 different lists today. I think it’s a sign that I just need to go for it!!

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      1. Naty says:

        Yes!!! I’ll pick it up next week, we can rant/rave about the book on Goodreads or Twitter as we read! Hahaha

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        1. I hope you get to it! I don’t actually have the book yet. I will be picking it up at the bookstore next time in there though 🙂

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  8. Dreamy Reads says:

    I wanted to read Outlander but 8 books seems like a lot. Agree with you on Cuckoo’s Calling. Great list!

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    1. Outlander is so intimidating!! My mom has all the books on her shelf and they’re too big to stack….. but I’ve heard they’re amazing. I hope I get to it soon. And you too 🙂

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      1. Dreamy Reads says:

        I’ve heard great things about it. I hope you get to it.

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  9. kyera says:

    Great list, Outlander is also on mine!

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    1. A few people have had Outlander on their list – we aren’t alone!

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  10. Chizurue says:

    I also still haven’t read any books by JKR aside from Harry Potter. Maybe not ready to abandon my childhood 😆
    And thanks for including my list. Its Mnemosyne by the way 😋

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    1. Lol I agree with you on not wanting to abandon your childhood when it comes to J.K.! There’s nothing childish about A Casual Vacancy and I didn’t like it – at all! High hopes for the Cuckoos Calling though!

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  11. I’ve had The Goldfinch sat on my book shelf for what feels like ages. It’s just a bit daunting haha!

    Also, I totally agree with you about Casual Vacancy…. what a bore!

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    1. I tried three times to read A Casual Vacancy. I just couldn’t do it! 😂

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      1. Oh I hear ya! I tried so hard to like it! It was always going to be hard to follow Harry Potter but seriously…. what was she even thinking!?

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        1. I wondered the same thing. I get that she’s not limited to middle grade and story’s of magic but they couldn’t be more different. That’s probably what sparked her taking on the name Robert Galbraith for her adult books

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    1. Got it – you’re on the list 🙂

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  12. I can absolutely relate to series being intimidating…especially if you’re prone to binge reading! I can also attest to The Goldfinch being worth it. It’s big and long but so so good. I finally read it last year and it immediately went onto my list of all-time favorites.

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    1. So many people have said it’s one of their all time favourites. Have you read A Secret History? I have both of them and not sure which to start with

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      1. I haven’t read A Secret History. For some reason that one doesn’t call out to me as much…maybe because it sounds super creepy? But, I should probably give it a try since I loved The Goldfinch SO MUCH!

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        1. I’ve heard it’s better than the synopsis makes it sound if that helps you decide 🙂

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  13. Birdie says:

    Oh my gosh, most of the books on your list would be on my intimidating list. I didn’t even think about books that are intimidating because I’m afraid I won’t like them. Like, The Hate U Give is so beloved, so what if I hate it! I don’t want that reality!

    As for Outlander, probably my life long favorite, I can see how it would be intimidating. I think if I hadn’t read it as a teenager it would have been on my list for all the reasons you’ve listed, but also because it has such a huge fierce and rabid fanbase – me included. 😀

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    1. I don’t think it’s possible to not like The Hate You Give. The hype is a bit scary but it’s warranted. It’s such an important and well written book! Her writing is what makes it so powerful 🙂
      I swear I’ll get to Outlander this year😆😆

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      1. Birdie says:

        That’s what I thought, but then my friend read it and ended up quitting.

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  14. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I feel exactly the same about The Goldfinch Shana!

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  15. I find the last book in a series to be the most intimidating – I think the majority of the books on my Top 5 on-TBR Longest books were books I had not read because they were the last of a series. I’ve got one of those as my last book on my intimidation list — I’ll get to it one day…

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    1. I’m experiencing the same thing with Thirteen Rising which is the last book in the Zodiac series. I don’t know why I can’t motivate myself to read it. I think I don’t want it to be over 😂

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    1. Perfect! I’ll get it added soon 🙂

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  16. Dalindcy Koolhoven says:

    omg I definitely agree with Outlander. It’s a book I’ve had on my TBR foreverrrrrr but it’s so intimidating! I read quite a few big books but there is something about this one that just intimidates me. The copy I have also has a really small font and thin pages and it kinda reminds me of a dictionary. Maybe that’s it, ha.

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    1. Small pages and font are a definite no for me! Makes things feel even more impossible!

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  17. I loved the Goldfinch!! Tartt’s writing is really lovely in it, but it’s SO LONG that it’s definitely intimidating

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  18. I totally understand about Outlander being intimidating. I committed to reading it a couple of years ago and it took me forever, it was so good though and worth how long it took! I read the second book and it’s nowhere near as good, and I gave up with the third because it was pretty boring.

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    1. Everyone seems to be saying it’s worth the length. I can’t wait!

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  19. Charlotte says:

    I really wanted to read Outlander a while back but there was something about it that really intimidated me too! 8 books is definitely a lot to commit to and I don’t like abandoning a series. Not sure if I’ll ever get to it!

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    1. I’m the same way. If I start a series I plan to follow it through. And Outlander is quite the commitment!! Im sure I’ll get to it at some point 😂

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    1. Everyone says it’s worth it. I hope to find out sometime this year!
      Thanks for sending me the link. I’ll get you added to the list 🙂

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  20. rebeccamills01 says:

    I loved your little note at the beginning, I didn’t even think about including books I’ve already read or maybe I did? I don’t remember 😛 I’m planning on reading the Cuckoo’s Calling for my Popsugar challenge, but I want to finish the HP series first!

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    1. Oh that reminds me / I need to update my pop sugar challenge! I keep forgetting about it!!! 😂 seriously I need a stamp on my forehead. I’ve been attempting the pop sugar challenge for 3 years and I always forget about it!!!

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      1. rebeccamills01 says:

        This is my first year and I’m afraid I’m going to forget about it or give up halfway through the years so don’t feel bad. I’m in the same boat with you, girl! haha 😛

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  21. priya says:

    It has taken me forever to finish The Goldfinch, I only finished it last night after starting it in the first week of January, and it’s all because of the reasons you mentioned. Like I experienced with The Secret History by Donna, I had to keep shaking myself throughout to make sure that I was actually taking it all it, very hard to relate to for me personally, but I persevered.

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    1. Which one would you suggest to start with – The Goldfinch or The Secret History?

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      1. priya says:

        Definitely The Secret History! It’s heavier subject in my opinion, but The Goldfinch took so much mental strength to stay focused and get through it, The Secret History does too, but the storyline was a bit more interesting to me so I really got hooked!

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        1. Perfect. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  22. leetharose says:

    Those look so great! I was intimidated by Outlander, but it was one of the best reads I had last year!!!!! I am three books in and am working up the courage (and time…because it is 20 hours of me trying to read nonstop) to start!

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    1. I’m pretty positive I’ll get to it this year. I have a feeling I’m going to love it!!

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  23. I agree with you completely about THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith. You know you want like it because it’s JK and it almost feels sacrilegious if you don;t end up liking it! Fingers crossed it’s greta though 🙂

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    1. Sacrilegious is the perfect word for it!!!

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  24. Graham says:

    Hi there. I think for me an intimidating book would more be one in which the language used can be hard to get your head around at times. Shakespeare might be a good example. The sort of book where everyone tells you it’s good but you have to ask yourself whether you want to make the effort…especially if it’s long!

    I’ve recently been reading Nobel or Man Booker prize winning authors…and as a rule, I find the former much more rewarding than the latter – which seem rather too abstract in some cases.

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    1. Agreed. Books where the writing or language isn’t flowing or streamlined can be difficult. I’m the odd one out and Shakespeare is very easy to understand. My high school English teacher was in awe by it and had me help her teach the class. She told me I was a prodigy or something. I thought that was hilarious!

      Prize winning books are hard. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I don’t understand them or connect emotionally. But when I do, it’s a wonderful thing 🙂

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  25. Sophie Li says:

    Hi Shanah! I love the topic for this week. There are some books that I am intimidated by and I’m glad to hear that I am not alone! You are right about length being a factor- I find myself gravitating towards books that are shorter and simpler. However I will also have to remember to not be deterred by the length of a book 🙂

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    1. My goal last year was to read more longer books. It was a really great experience! I found that I actually prefer longer books to shorter ones for the most part 🙂 I’m still intimidated by them though 😂

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  26. I couldn’t bring myself to even try reading The Casual Vacancy – I read some reviews and was immediately turned off. Cuckoo’s Calling intrigues me though. I hope you post about what you think of it!

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    1. I’ll definitely post a review when I get to it 🙂

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  27. Outlander is a brick, and the first chapter is about fifty pages long. It makes it hard to get through. I’ve been burned by A Casual Vacancy, so I’m not sure I can get into Rowling’s Robert Galbraith books, either.

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    1. Outlander is a brick! In fact it might be heavier than an actual brick 😂 I read the first 100 or so pages on my kindle last year before it died. So now I just need to continue

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  28. Ellyn says:

    Yes, The Black Prism looks so intimidating. I actually just got it out from the library so I’m hoping to get to it son. The magic system is meant to be the Bom.com so I’m pretty excited to get to it!

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    1. Same reason I want to get to it! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a really great magic system. I know I need it in my life 🙂 hope you can get to it soon! Can’t wait to see what you think of it – maybe it will encourage me to read it sooner

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  29. onespeculiar says:

    i’m intimidated to read the black prism too even though i’ve heard good things about it. i was intimidated to read the way of kings as well because it was huuggee but it was completely worth it! so it kinda now makes less intimidated to read the black prism. kinda!

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    1. I’ve yet to read any Brandon Sanderson. It’s coming soon though!!

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      1. onespeculiar says:

        i love brandon! i really hope you love his books.

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  30. Katie says:

    I’ve started doing audiobooks for the books that are more intimidating due to length. That’s helped me finally get them off my tbr pile! I know that’s not the path for everyone, but it’s helped me!

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    1. I’ve done that as well with intimidating books. It helps take some of the fear and pressure off if you just listen 🙂

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  31. Nia says:

    I’m really excited to read I Stop Somewhere, too, but I get what you mean. I feel that’s one of those books you need to prepare yourself to read and pick it up when you’re in the right mood, but hopefully it’ll be amazing!

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    1. I’ve been in the mood for stuff like that lately but this one sounds like – wow. It might break me! Hope you love it!

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  32. The Outlander series is so amazing. It has great character development and a beautiful storyline. The tv show is beautifully choreographed. I am not sure if you ever listen to hooks on audible, but the nararator that does it is bar none the best I have ever heard.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m a firm believer that the narrator makes the audiobook so I’m always on the look out for a good narrator! 🙂

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  33. Great idea for a post. Goldfinch is definitely intimidating. So many pages! It is not bad but wish shorter and less repetitive. It has put me off reading more Donna Tart.

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    1. Uh oh. It’s repetitive? That may annoy me. Thanks for the heads up!

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