Some books actually scare me a little- Top Ten Tuesday!!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

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.

and finally

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.

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12 thoughts on “Some books actually scare me a little- Top Ten Tuesday!!

  1. I’m going to get to Les Mis this year if I have to lock myself in a cellar to do so! 😉

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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