Wednesday, 20 April 2016

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY: Top five books that intimidate me

(Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey. Find out more at the Goodreads group!)

I'm sure you can agree that some books are just too scary to touch. They're huge, and menacing, and they genuinely look as if they could eat your face off while you read them. Or you've heard so many amazing things about them that you're worried: what if you don't like the book, and you get ostracized from the bookish community?!
These five books cause me no end of problems.

5) 'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
'Good Omens' intimidates me for an entirely different reason than the rest of the books on this list. It scares me because it's my girlfriend's favourite book, and I really want to like it, but I'm scared that I won't! I know that's really silly, but shush, I'm a ridiculous human being. 

4) 'A Darker Shade of Magic' by Victoria Schwab
I don't know much about 'A Darker Shade of Magic', apart from there's jumping between dimensions and there are multiple different Londons. I'm not very good at reading fantasy, so I'm just too nervous - what if I don't understand it? What if I get lost and frustrated and confused and refuse to ever pick up a book ever again? 

3) 'Les Misérables' by Victor Hugo
This one is ginormous. It's also set in France in the revolution (or, at least, that's what I can gather) so I can assume there's a shitload of death. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch the movie either - it's too long! - so of course the book intimidates me. 

2) 'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J. Maas
"But Alyce, you have to read this series!"
"I'm sure you'll love them, just try them!"
Similar reasons to 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on this one, but also I've heard dreadful things about the later books in the series, so I don't really want to commit.

1) 'War and Peace' by Leo Tolstoy
I work in a library, and one of our customers has been slowly trudging his way through 'War and Peace'. I admire him, but I'm just too nervous to try it for myself - I find it so hard to give up with books, but I also struggle as soon as I see the page count is over 500! 

I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday! What books terrify you?


  1. Interesting. We have two books in common, Les Miserables and War and Peace also intimidate me. I feel like I am lying to myself every time that I say that I will read them someday. Throne of Glass is in a number of lists too.

    Here are the books that intimidate me:

    1. I feel the same with Ulysses, but I'm trying to read it for my classics challenge next month - fingers crossed I can power through it!

  2. Long books, classics and friend's favourites are my most intimidating! High page counts are universally intimidating, plus I always wonder if I'll like a book. Particularly when there's hype but those are the cases when I actually worry about not liking it XD happy reading!
    Enchanted by YA

  3. A Darker Shade of Magic is an easy read thanks to VE Schwab's incredible writing. I brought it with me at a theme park and I couldn't stop reading lol.