Top Ten Tuesday #1: Intimidating

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The subject of this week’s Top Ten List is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc)

01. Anything by Jane Austen – I’m going to be honest here. I’ve rarely met a classic I’ve liked. I didn’t like most of the ones I read in school (and I didn’t read all the ones I was assigned). I know a lot of people go back as adults and reread books they didn’t like in school and then tackle other classics. That’s not me. I have no interest in reading most anything that’s labeled a classic. But I have friends who love Jane Austen’s books, so I sometimes think maybe I should give one a try. I just can’t get past that “classic” label. Maybe I’ll just, one day, watch one of the many movies based on one of her books.

02. The Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind – I was a big fan of the Legend of the Seeker TV series, which was based on this book series. I loved Richard and Kahlan SO SO much, you can’t even know. I tried reading the books, but I couldn’t get into them, so I listened to the first two on audio. I liked them. I didn’t love them. There are differences between the show and the books, of course. There always are, and the books are usually better, but in this case I liked the show much more. I’m just not that into high fantasy. I only like it a little bit. But I feel like I’m missing out on Richard and Kahlan! There’s more out there, I just can’t make myself access it.

03. Before I Die by Jenny Downham – I am terrified of this book. I don’t like death books or cancer books or sad books, but I’ve heard this one is so good.

04. Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi – So much hype. So intimidating.

05. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Hype, probably more fantasy than I will like. I have this one one of my challenge lists, so I’m definitely going to read it soon.

06. The Gone series by Michael Grant – I read the first two, but like with the Sword of Truth series, I just had trouble getting through them. Everyone says this series is so great that I feel like I’m missing something. I love the story and the world that’s been built. I want to know what happens. It’s like I have a mental block when it comes to actually reading the books.

07. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – For some reason the cover turns me off. I think it’s the skirt part of the dress. And the way the girl is looking down. And her makeup. If I ever read this one, it’s definitely going to be on my Kindle so I don’t have to keep seeing the cover.

08. The Bible – I’ve actually read this before, but I’d like to reread it again now that I’m older. There are apps out there that will set a schedule for you to read the whole thing in a year, and I tried that in January. Then I fell behind and now I feel like I’ll never catch up. I’ll try again on January 1, 2014.

09. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I have a friend who loved this series so much. I’m afraid I won’t.

10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Again with the hype, and the subject matter.