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Now this week’s topic is supposed to be Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition, but when I sat down this morning-total brain freeze!! So, I went back two weeks and am doing the topic I missed while I was on vacation, so the topic is-
Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
Now, some of these books are scary due to their size, others, due to the seriousness of the topic, and others-seem impossible to read (Joyce).
1. Crime and Punishment
I have a hard time remembering the proper pronunciation for the author.
2. Wuthering Heights
Tried reading it 3 times already- no luck so far.
3. Great Expectations
The name says it all-actually this is only 1 of Dicken’s works that intimidate me- he has many more!
4. Dante’s Inferno
I have it. I opened it. I put it down.
5. Les Miserables
I saw this on broadway 20 years ago-does that count?
6. War & Peace
Wow- that title alone is a whole lotta something! War-AND-Peace- all encompassing.
7. The Illiad & The Odyssey
I am actually dying to read these epic poems, but wow are they long. I am pretty sure I was supposed to read them in high school (hello cliff notes).
8. Joyce’s Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake
Hmmm- I have been told for years that these are HARD to read.
10. Moby Dick
This whale of a book seems to be just TOO much for me, but I am determined to conquer it one day.
I’m intimidated by all of those too!
I’m going to get to Les Mis this year if I have to lock myself in a cellar to do so! 😉
I don’t want to read Wuthering Heights because I know it’ll depress me. I’ve read scraps of the Iliad for uni and I found that listening to it was the only way to make any progress, if I read it I’d pause every second line and try to make sense of it and I couldn’t and then I’d fall asleep. So yeah, if you want to tackle Homer try listening to the audiobook, that’s my tip. All the rest intimidate me too, but at least I don’t feel like I’d seriously want to read them! 🙂
Great list! I’m with you, on Dante’s Inferno. I have read it (had to, for school) and it was a waste of time. Seriously.
Moby is good, but it’s kind of a read for the dead of winter.
“I saw this on broadway 20 years ago-does that count?” LOL!
If it’s any consolation, I’m intimidated by a lot of these, too.
I have read a lot of these, but War and Peace terrifies me. Hoping to read Moby Dick this year. Great post!
Thanks- I actually WANT to read these, but I am not sure when I will actually tackle them.
I have The Iliad and Odessey on my list for scary/intimidating books as well! I have read Les Miserables, and actually enjoyed that quite a bit. Dante’s Inferno has had the same fate here in my house – own the book, opened it – closed it… and thought OK, maybe later 🙂
Have a fantastic day!
Some of these books scare me too – especially Ulysses! I loved Wuthering Heights though 🙂
I have to give that another shot-hopefully soon!
I think this list would intimidate me too!