Intimidating Books on my Bookshelf

I have a few intimidating books on my bookshelf and I can’t be the only one. Sometimes it can be the size of the tome, the genre, the author or specific concerns about a book or series. Today I thought I’d share the most intimidating books on my TBR pile with you.

An author I’d like to read but have been too intimidated to try: is Haruki Murakami. I just don’t know where to start and whether I’ll understand his magical realism.

A book I haven’t read because I’m worried I won’t enjoy it is: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. It’s the latest book in the Vampire Chronicles and while Anne Rice is a favourite author, I’m terrified I won’t enjoy this. I hated the previous book Prince Lestat (find out why here) and I’m worried in case this isn’t much better.

The classic I’m most intimidated to read is: Macbeth by William Shakespeare. It’s intimidating for obvious reasons, it’s a play and it’s Shakespeare!

A book I haven’t read because it’s kind of embarrassing: I have two books in this category. Perv by Jesse Bering and My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday. Less said the better?

The series I’m most intimidated to start is: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin. I love the TV series and I’m worried I won’t be able to keep up with the mammoth cast of characters and complex sub-plots in the books. The series is very long and currently comprises: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter (forthcoming) and A Dream of Spring (forthcoming).

A series I haven’t finished that haunts me is: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Stephen King is one of my favourite authors and I know The Dark Tower series is his ‘Opus’ but I just couldn’t get into it.  I read The Gunslinger (#1) and The Drawing of the Three (#2) but haven’t progressed any further; despite owning the entire series. I’m a completionist so this bothers me quite a bit.

The most intimidating book in my TBR pile is: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I have the Penguin Clothbound Edition and it comes in at more than 1200 pages which is intimidating enough as is. An adventure novel written in the 1840s it’s translated from French and I just haven’t picked it up yet.

What books do you find intimidating? Have you read any of the above? Let me know in the comments below.

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Tracey Allen

Tracey Allen is a passionate booklover who enjoys reading across many genres and supporting Australian authors. Her book reviews have been published in Good Reading Magazine and she is the sole author of the book blog Carpe Librum (Seize the Book). She hopes this year is jam-packed with excellent books and when she's not reading or writing she's collecting bookmarks and adding to her TBR pile.

2 thoughts on “Intimidating Books on my Bookshelf”

  1. I did a cull of my TBR pile a few years ago (before a move, which is the only time it happens) and got rid of all the “should” books – should read it because it’s a classic, because X said it was brilliant/life changing/great writing, because it was the rest of a series I didn’t get into… I haven’t looked back or replaced them!

    I’ve not seen OR read GOT, mostly because nobody whose tastes I correlate with has said the books are great. If I DO ever commit, I’m going to do one thing I’ve seen, which is put a post-it note in the pages every time someone dies. Apparently the end result is quite pretty!

    My son’s read Count of Monte Cristo – took him ages but once he got used to it he really liked it. I’ll have to look at my shelves/TBR and do a similar list to yours Tracey!

    1. Thanks Kel, I think it’s great that you can cull books without looking back. I always struggle to do that. I love the reading suggestion for GoT, I might just have to do that, and I’d love to see someone else’s list of intimidating books! By talking about them, hopefully we can get over our hang-ups and dive on in.

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