This post was inspired by the special books I have had on my bookshelf for five years or more. Why have I had them for so long without reading them you ask? Because they intimidate me.
What makes a book intimidating? For me, it is usually due the hype, size, or content. Some books I just have a tendency to avoid for other reasons. In any case, here are five books that I’m
afraid hesitant to read for one reason or another.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
A couple of years ago, I finally rented all of The Lord of the Rings movies and watched them for the first time. I became obsessed. Unfortunately, as it is with most of my obsessions, this was a phase that lasted for about a week. However, one week was long enough for me to buy the 1216 page, $40 edition of this book. Besides the page count and small print, I’ve also been putting this one off since I moved past my LotR fangirling.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Clocking in at 1463 pages, Les Miserables is big enough to make a grown man cry or take out a window. I actually bought this on a whim when I saw it on sale at Barnes & Noble for $5, where my thought process was something like “Wow, look how much content I’m getting for $5,” which is a terrible way to make purchases if you are as picky about books as I am. To make things worse, I actually really disliked the Les Miserables movie and have trouble with the writing.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The length of this book/series doesn’t bother me as much as the actual content. I’ve read so many reviews that complain about the amount of filler or characters, which makes me super hesitant to read it because I have no patience and a bad memory.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The hype behind this book is crazy, and I’m definitely been told to read this series more than once. It’s somewhat out of my normal wheelhouse, but I’m also afraid I won’t enjoy it simply because everyone loves it so much
and they will hurt me if I don’t like it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Another sizable read that deals with two genres I usually tend to avoid: adult fiction and time travel. The fact that there are also eight (so far) books in the series that are of the same size intimidates me as well. Can a good series really last for eight+ books?