Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (43)

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This week’s list:

Top Ten Five Most Intimidating Books
(might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc)

OK, it’s time for a confession. I don’t really read books that intimidate me. Why? Well, there are two reasons. One is that I did a literature degree, so there aren’t many books out there that intimidate me to begin with. The other reason is that I read for pleasure. I like fluffy books, and they are the least intimidating books you’ll find. I don’t have the time to spend reading books I don’t want to read! So I only have 5 in my top ten today! Sorry.

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
I was intimidated because it was big (over 500 pages) but the protagonist wasn’t super-powered, and I loved Fire so much I wasn’t sure it would hold up to its predecessors’ greatness.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

2. Grave Mercy by RobinLaFevers
Grave Mercy was intimidating because I was sure I was going to go simply crazy over it seeing as how most of my friends rated it 4-5 stars. However, some very trusted friends whose tastes I share rated it much lower. I was scared to read it: majority rules, or the minority is right?

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Why the hell is Twilight an intimidating book? I’ll tell you why: my best friend swore to disown me if I read it. So I read it in secret… and kind of almost liked it. At least, I knew there was a lot of other worse literature out there . But Twilight had the Harry Potter X-Factor and was loved worldwide before it became cool to hate it.

Les Misérables

4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
I’ve seen the musical several times and the book is so freaking long I’ll never get through it.

The Fault in Our Stars

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
WHAT?! I hear you yelp. It’s true, I was intimidated. I wasn’t going to read it because I heard it was a very sad cancer book that would emotionally blackmail you into crying, but then a dear friend of mine passed away from cancer the same time Penguin Australia were giving away free review copies, and I thought it would help me grieve. It didn’t, and I didn’t like it very much.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (43)

  1. ChrissiReads

    Les Miserables makes my list this week too. I’ve seen the musical a few times, but I really can’t get myself motivated enough to begin the book!

  2. Jelly

    I loved Twilight, though I have to admit there are better books, but it wasn’t horrible. It just suddenly became a trend to hate it. I mean there is a reason why it became so famous in the first place.

    1. Nemo

      You’re right Jelly, there are better books than Twilight, but it certainly isn’t the worst. You’re also right in that it got famous for a reason but absolutely no one can say why!

  3. Rebecca

    I am also very intimidated by Bitterblue! I read the first hundred pages of it, but I was bored by all the politics. Which is a real shame, since I adored Graceling and Fire. Grave Mercy is really good, I promise! Twilight will always have a special place in my heart since it got me to read in the first place, and I really wish people wouldn’t bash it so much. Happy reading!

    1. Nemo

      That really is a shame Rebecca because I loved all the politics in Bitterblue. I will pick up Grave Mercy when I have more time and can power through it all at once.

  4. flipthatpage

    Please read Bitterblue. It’s HUGE especially in hard cover, but it’s also beautiful! 🙂 I love Grave Mercy too! I think your picks here were quite spot on though 😀

    1. Nemo

      I did read Bitterblue and I loved it. However I need to be able to focus on Grave Mercy so I have put it aside for now.

    1. Nemo

      I gave up before 100 pages, and I doubt I’ll pick it up again. It’s just not for me. Love the show, though.

    1. Nemo

      Me, too. Well, I’m not sure which one I liked better because I read Fire a few years ago, but I loved them both.

  5. Belle

    I’m intimidated by The Fault in our Stars! I don’t want to have all the feels and I also am a bit afraid I won’t like it after all the hype. Hence why I’ve been avoiding it!

    1. Nemo

      Well yeah, it’s either going to be one or the other. So you’ve gotta take a chance if you want to read it.

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