Top Ten Tuesday: July 2

July 2, 2013     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Reading

toptentuesday

It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This should be relatively easy for me. Books very rarely, if ever, intimidate me due to size. Most of the time I find classic books the most intimidating to read, because I worry that I won’t “get” them on the same level that everyone else does. Yay for cognitive dysfunction due to illness! I also get intimidated because I tend to be really progressive and liberal and… I don’t even know what else. I think that classics have their place, but I also think that there is room for new books to be given the hallowed mantle of “classic”. And a lot of the time, I hate classic prose.

Without further ramblings, though I know you all enjoy those SO very much, and as always in no particular order…

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Lolita Les Miserables Journey To The Centre of the Earth Divine Comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Goodreads)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Goodreads)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Goodreads)

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Goodreads)

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Goodreads)

Anna Karenina Pride and Prejudice Schindler's List The Wind Up Bird ChronicleSophie's Choice

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Goodreads)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Goodreads)

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally (Goodreads)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (Goodreads)

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (Goodreads)

So, what books do you find intimidating? What makes a book intimidating for you?
Thanks for reading!

12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: July 2

  1. Love your list! Les Mis- incredibly intimidating. This one has been on my bookshelf for years…untouched. I did read both Lolita and Anna Karenina and was surprised at how easily I was lost in the story. Sophie’s Choice- great selection! I am adding it to my To Read list now….for one day when I feel ready to be challenged 🙂
    Happy Reading!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

    • Thanks for the comment! I kind of hoe my book club will read one or all of these books at some point. Reading a book with a bunch of people seems to make it more bearable?? Or is that just me?

    • This is where I am, too. I read Brave New World and 1984 within the last year or so, and they are both billed as “classics”. And I pretty much hated them. So I am afraid to read other classics because what if I hate them, too?

  2. Les Miserables made my list too, as did Sophie’s Choice and Schindler’s List. Normally I’m not afraid of length (actually I loved Anna Karenina), but Les Mis is just so loooong.

    • I don’t know what it is exactly about Les Mis that intimidates me. I love the movie and the musical. But I haven’t even TRIED to read the book yet. Thanks for the comment!

  3. P&P is my favorite book, and I don’t read a lot of classics. But P&P! Nothing can top it in my opinion. i hope you give it a try.

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