Well hello there!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme to create out weekly lists around. This week this theme is Most Intimidating Books.
So, I was thinking…what makes a book intimidating? Is it size? Is it content? Is it hype? Yes. Yes. And Yes. I think it can be all of these things, at least it can be for me. So, which books have I been so intimidated by that I’ve kept my distance?
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I loved Graceling and Fire so I thought, surely I’ll devour Bitterblue. But then I saw just how big it was. You see, I listened to the other two companion books on audio so I never saw just how long they were. Bitterblue is scary! I’m waiting until I find it on audio.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Two kids dying of cancer fall in love? Cry me a river! No, seriously. If I read this I’d cry a river…and we all now how I feel about books that want to make me cry…I don’t like them. So I’ve stayed away.
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
The whole idea of what reality would have been like only a few hundred years ago for some of my students is so heart wrenching I can’t handle it. I don’t hide from it, because I’m very aware of those realities, but I don’t want to read fiction about it…too much.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is another one that is just too much. I have a vague understanding that this one takes place during the Holocaust. Again, I’m afraid of crying books.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I want to read this one, but if I do there is a whole series of like a million books that I know I’ll want to finish.
Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson
An award-winning story about a girl struggling with anorexia and recovery. Talk about intensity!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
An award winning book about a girl with a terrible secret about one night at a party…I know what this is about…and it wants to make me cry…
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
This one is so long…but I’ve heard wonderful things.
Skinny by Donna Conner
Too emotionally close to home. I don’t really want my own body image issues coming to the surface, which is what I know will happen if I read this book…
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
This one is (surprise) not a crying book. But it sounds so strange and unlike my preferred reads I am always drawn to it, yet have still not read it.
Now, I have to clarify…I have heard AMAZING things about all of these books. Some are award winners, while others are just good books. I have no beef with them other than the fact that they majorly intimidate me. I hope that one day I can be brave enough to read some of them…but until I work up that courage I’ll keep my distance.
Please tell me I’m not alone and that some of these books intimidate the bajeezus out of you too!