TTT: Most Intimidating Books (#4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

I don’t know why the Top Ten Tuesday topics haven’t been speaking to me lately. I skipped last week and still just wasn’t feeling it this week. The topic being Colorful Book Covers, you’d think it be simple. Nope. My mind wants none of it. I decided I liked what I did last time with the number generator. Once again, I went back to the original TTT list over at The Broke and the Bookish. My random number generator gave me the number 4, all the way from 2010, which is Most Intimidating Books.

All of the books I’m listing are on my TBR, most of them have been there for years. I don’t know what it is that keeps me from picking them up and reading them, so I guess they have some level of intimidation with me.

The Hobbit (and the whole LOTR series) by JRR Tolkien

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel

The Iliad by Homer

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Beowulf author unknown

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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15 Responses to TTT: Most Intimidating Books (#4)

  1. Astilbe says:

    Beowulf has such a great cover.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    It makes me happy to see Clan of the Cave Bear mentioned in your post. I love that particular cover for it. 🙂

    My post:

    • Cheri says:

      One of these days I’ll actually read it! My block with that one is being afraid of disappointment. It’s been built up so much in my mind over many years.

  3. I’ve found audiobooks to be a great way of tackling longer books, they seem so much less intimidating when you listen.
    My TTT:

    • Cheri says:

      I wish! I have not been able to get into audiobooks no matter how many times I’ve tried. And honestly, with these books I have listed it isn’t necessarily about length. Some are books I have too hyped up in my mind so don’t want the disappointment if they don’t live up to my expectations.

  4. I understand why A Game of Thrones would be intimidating. I read it and it was hard to keep track of all of the characters at first. I think the TV series was better anyways. 😉

    • Michael says:

      The TV show helped me keep better track of who’s who when I did read the books. Honestly, I preferred the books, though I stopped watching after season four (just a lack of time, not interest)

    • Cheri says:

      I have such a hard time not wanting to read a book when there’s a movie or show adapted from the book. But I’ve heard from more than one person that they prefer the show so I’ve been torn on that one.

  5. Michael says:

    I find myself intimidated by epic fantasy series that have long novels and lots of them. I feel like I’m so far behind and I wonder if I will ever catch up. As for LotR, I enjoyed the Hobbit and wasn’t a fan of the trilogy itself.

    • Cheri says:

      In those cases I’ll generally be fine with the first few and then slowly lose steam as the series progresses, no matter how good the series may be.

  6. Susan says:

    I agree, these are some intimidating books! I read THE HOBBIT in college and enjoyed it. I’ve also read NIGHT and, I think, AMERICAN GODS. I think I liked them?? My memory is terrible…

    Happy TTT!


    • Cheri says:

      Night has definitely fallen prey to hype. I hear so many good things about the whole series, but especially Night. There’s no way it can possibly live up to expectations so I keep putting it off.

  7. I was disappointed with a few of these titles—some of them bored me, while others lost me 😂 But I do love American Gods! And although I didn’t really love The Magicians the book, I did love the show 😍 Great post!

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