Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.
July 2: Top ten most intimidating books (length, hype, content, etc.)
This is a great prompt! I’m going to think hard here for this list, instead of taking the easy way out and saying “all the classics” In no particular order, here are ten books I want to read but intimidate me, with brief explanations of my hesitation:
1. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
I’m afraid it would take me forever to read, and I’d have to read concurrently with other books, just a section at a time.
2. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
3. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
I feel like I should read it, and I am interested, but I dunno. Just keep putting it off for some reason. Maybe the hype—afraid I’ll be let down or something.
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Another hype one that looks intriguing to me, but keep putting off. Maybe I’m afraid it would be too romance-oriented, or the time-travel aspect would be confusing.
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My gramma gave this book to me years ago and I haven’t read it yet. I’m not much of a classics or romance person, so it doesn’t appeal to me in that respect, but everyone I know loves it and I feel guilty about letting it sit so long. Sigh. One day.
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I put this down for my “romantic suspense” entry on my Eclectic Reader Challenge list this year. This is one from the challenge will definitely bust me out of my comfort zone!
8. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I think this one looks really interesting and I want to give Bryson another chance after reading A Walk in the Woods. But I’m not sure how “sciencey” it’ll be (that’s stupid, I know).
9. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
My too-high expectations are holding me back.
10. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
I just picked this up for the KC Public Library’s Stranger than Fiction book club (July selection) and at first glance it’s pretty densely packed and kinda long (500+ pages). I am interested in reading it, but concerned I won’t be able to get very far before the discussion meeting. Considering skipping this one, since I have so many other books I’m in the middle of right now and I’ll be out of town for about a week. I never get much reading done on trips! But then I’m afraid I’ll never get around to it if I don’t take this chance now.
I thought about adding In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, but I’m not sure I care about reading them.
What books do you find intimidating?