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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Obviously, I love books. I love holding them, flipping through the pages, reading about them, but, most importantly, I LOVE reading them. However, there are some books (some I own, some I haven’t even bought, yet) that are just daunting. I hope I’m not the only one that is intimidated by words on paper, but here is a quick round-up of my biggest intimidators.

5 Books I Own that Intimidate Me

There are TONS of reasons to buy/own books that you’re nervous to read — mainly that you have the intent to trim down your TBR list. Or you found it on sale. Whatever the reason, here are some I own:

  •  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr — This intimidates me because it was SO raved about. I’m serious, EVERYONE loved it and those books make me nervous because what if I don’t like them??
  • Emma by Jane Austen — (474 pages) So far I’ve loved every Jane Austen book I’ve read, and I’m afraid to ruin the streak.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — I should’ve read this in school, but didn’t. Classics are always daunting in my mind.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — I’ve read tons of good reviews (and, again, I should’ve read it years ago), but I haven’t. So here I am, still too nervous to ACTUALLY read it.
  • The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean — I love love LOVED Sam Kean’s first book and I’ve owned his second (this one) and third (The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons) for a few years now. I want this book to be really amazing, right now it can be anything, but after I read it that will change.

5 Books I Don’t Own that Intimidate Me

Well, if you’re intimidated by a book, why would you spend money on it?

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (720 pages) — it’s not just the page numbers, it’s the old English.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1276 pages) — it’s just the pages. OVER 1200!!! If you’re not intimidated by that, color me impressed.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1463 pages) — My mom struggled with this one, and she LOVES classics, so I know it’s going to be a toughy.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (964 pages) — I don’t know about this one. I was listening to the audiobook for a while, but then I lost my place. IT IS REALLY LONG! But I enjoyed what I remember. I should really give this another go.
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (353 pages) — This one is definitely not the page numbers, it’s just that I love Me Before You SOOO much that I don’t want to risk ruining that.


Let’s talk! What are your thoughts? Do books intimidate you? Any advice to convince me to ACTUALLY read these? Have you read any of them? What are your thoughts? I love hearing from you!


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