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
"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?