Welcome back to another Top 5 Saturday! Just in case you don’t know Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post 🙂 This week’s topic is actually: intimidating books!
When I first saw this prompt my mind immediately went to the classics and tomes (and classic tomes) because those are truly some of the most intimidating books on my shelves! But I feel like I’ve answered this before and I think that whenever I get asked about intimidating books my go-to answer (classics/tomes) is always the same. So I decided to not look at classics this week and share some of the other intimidating books on my TBR and the reasons why they scare me 😝
(book covers are linked to the Goodreads pages!)
The Secret History (or basically all of Donna Tartt’s books): I really like the sound of Tartt’s books but they intimidate the heck out of me. To date I’ve only read 3/4 of one book (I still haven’t finished The Goldfinch but IT WILL HAPPEN!), and while I did enjoy the writing, the story and topics are heavy and very detailed, which can often go flying over my head or drag the pace down. I’ve heard The Secret History is an easier read compared to Goldfinch, which is relieving, but it does still intimidate me!
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: This is probably going to be a very unpopular opinion but I’ve read The Hobbit and I … disliked it to the extreme 😂 I’m sorry to all my book friends (and Tolkien lovers) who enjoyed but I found it so dull it made me want to cry! I think I just had really high expectations and thought it’d be more action packed but… Nope! I do want to read the LOTR trilogy since they’re some of my all time fave movies (don’t @ me)–I just hope these books are better than its prequel? 😬
A Brief History of Seven Killings (or basically all of Marlon James’ books): I’m so intrigued by James’ books and it turns out I have almost all of his books on my shelves just waiting to be read! But I’ve heard that all of his books are pretty challenging, and while I’m open to reading books that challenge me as a reader, I’m often worried that my simple self won’t be able to keep up 😂
Beartown (or basically all of Fredrik Backman’s books): Okay, this one is on here because the hype around all of Backman’s books is huuuuge and anything this hyped is always intimidating. I also realise that I tend to have trouble connecting with Scandinavian books. I don’t know if it’s the translation or what, but seeing as everyone and their mothers enjoy the books, perhaps it’s just me? 🤷🏻♀️ Then again, Backman could end up being the exception and I’ll only find out once I give it a try!
Midnight’s Children (or basically all of Salman Rushdie’s books): I’ve been wanting to read Midnight’s Children for a long time and I talked about it so much that my colleague gifted me a copy when she came back from the Netherlands. But Rushdie’s books are heavy on magical realism and I struggle a lot with it. Small doses are perfectly fine, but when it’s such a big part of the story, it tends to confuse me and I just disconnect. I’ve heard Rushdie’s books are amazing though… So I guess I’ll just take it slow!
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- 03 Oct 2020 – Intimidating Books
Do you think any of these books are intimidating too? What makes a book intimidating for you? What are some of the intimidating books on your TBR?