Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - July 2, 2013

I wrote a post for this two weeks ago, but then dropped the ball on hopping around, or even returning my comments. Then it felt silly to do it over a week later when I was back on here. So, my apologies for that! Things are somewhat more settled in my life (for this week anyway) so maybe I can do TTT right this time!

Top Ten Books That Intimidate Me

for me, this is definitely the classics. I feel intimated that I will get lost in the language, or that the book is waaaaay too long, so they sit on my to-read list forever and ever. The last classic I tried to read is the only book in my DNF pile, and it is because I read before bed, and I always fall asleep reading. With classics, when I wake back up I always think "what the hell was going on??" and have to re read like 10 pages to get back into it, and I will never finish a book this way!! This doesn't happen with regular books, so... I read those. Anyway, if I had to pick a top ten, it would be:

1) Watership Down - Richard Adams
Watership Down
I'm not sure what I find so intimidating about this book. I haven't even looked inside to see the kind of language it is written in, and it's not even that long, coming in at under 500 pages. But, I never even think to pick it up when it's time to chose a new book.

2) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackery
Vanity Fair
This one might have to do with size. When I first got my ereader I remember thinking I would finally really all the huge books I had been avoiding because size/weight wouldn't matter. That was obviously false. This remains unread.

3) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I have seen the movie for this already. And that was confusing as hell. I can only imagine what an acid trip this book must be, and I'm pretty sure I won't understand anything.

4) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
I don't know why I feel intimidated by this one, but I do. Again, I fear that I won't understand it.

5) Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's
This, I have put off because I heard that the book Holly and Audrey's Holly are a little different, and I'm not sure I want to spoil the Holly I have loved for so long. Maybe someday...

6) Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest
This book is a behemoth. Ain't nobody got time for that.

7) The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Once, many years ago, I actually started the Hobbit. And I was confused as hell. Since then, I have seen all the LOTR movies, and read (and loved) other many character confusing books (like the fire & ice series). I think I am ready for a second go at these books, and I own them all, it's just, when?

8) Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged
Another book that it just. so. big! It's hard to commit to such a long book. That last 1000+ page book I read was Under The Dome, and it took me forever to read!

9) Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera
Some people love it, and other hate it, so I just put it off. Oh well, again, maybe someday!

The 9 I have taken directly from my TBR list, and number 10 is one that never made it, because I'm pretty sure I will never actually read it, but:

10) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace
My god, this is a looong book!


  1. Agree, Vanity Fair appears quite big but once you get into it, you'll fly - great story.

  2. Watership Down was good, at least I found it good, though it can take some time to get through with the language of the rabbits.
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  3. Understood about classics. I have found that listening to them on audiobook are better than me trying to read a physical copy.
    I am going to listen to Watership Down over the summer!
    Hitchhiker's Guide is funny. I don't think you'll have a problem not understanding it :)

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  4. War & Peace made mine too! I would love to read Vanity Fair as well.

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