T5W: Intimidating Books!


It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week is all about intimidating books and there are a lot of those. It could be because of hype, size or topic. All reasoning is valid over here and so, without further ado, here are my choices:


  1. A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
    Ugh, I have read four books in the Song of Ice and Fire series, so I have no idea why this one is vexxing me so much. I just can’t get into it and I am barely interested in any of the POVs at all anymore. You all know me, I need at least a little bit of Sansa …
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    I LOVE THE SHOW! However, the book is so detailed and really well written, but also majorly time consuming and in my case written in a tiny font. It seems like a tricky one.
  3. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    I’ve read quite a couple of Fitzgerald books now and still this one is kind of scary. Maybe because it is like double the size of the others? Also, me and classics don’t mix so well.
  4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    I’ve talked about this before. I have real high expectations for this book. BUT I CAN’T GET OVER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH!
  5. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
    Other than the books above, this one is the real accounts of a woman who actually lived. That’s scary! That was her life! This is basically close to her diaries (if they were super neatly written out). It’s a lot to take in the majority of someone’s life in just shy over 800 pages.

What are some books that intimidate you? Are classics also a little difficult for you? 

56 thoughts on “T5W: Intimidating Books!

    • I haven’t read it either. But someone told me that there is a newly translated version of it now and that the writing there flows much better than in the first couple of translations.


  1. Outlander is on my list as well, you’re so right about the tiny text. So we have tiny text and 896 pages if that’s not intimidating I don’t know what is! I went through the same thing with A Dance with Dragons, I kept reading it and putting it back down for weeks at at time before I finally finish it, it’s definitely my least favorite in the series so you’re not the only one! Great list! 🙂

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    • I am not sure I even want to get through A Dance with Dragons anymore … maybe I should just watch the show that is completely different and then read up on what happened to my favourite characters in the end when all the books are out hahaha


  2. I need to read more F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have a book with all his novels but I never touched it. The only one I read was The great Gatsby and it wasn’t even in that book.
    Outlander is really good. It only took me one week to read it. I thought I would take so much longer. But I understand the tiny fonts things. Tiny fonts are always the worse.
    I read A Tale of Two Cities and didn’t like it that much so I can’t see why you can’t pass the first paragraph. I hope you like it way more than me if you finaly read it 😀

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    • Outlander I have tried and gotten through a fourth or so, but I haven’t actually started The Beautiful and the Damned. I don’t know why … I just look at it and don’t feel like picking it up at all …


  3. The only books that intimidate me are the really, REALLY long ones. Like ADWD (and I know what you mean about it – I had a much harder time getting into that one than with the previous Ice & Fire books). Ever since then, I’ve cringed at the thought of reading anything more than 700 pages. But the last two books that passed that mark (Patrick Rothfuss’s two Kingkiller books, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear) were both amazing. So it really depends on the author and the story itself, I think.

    Still… I’ve got two more 700+ page books unread on my shelves, and I’m hesitating to dive into either one. :S

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  4. A lot of these books intimidate me as well. I’ve tried reading Game of Thrones but I can never seem to make it past the halfway mark. I’ve been told that after the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series takes a turn for the worst. It’s like he’s determined to expand the world but in doing so loses the qualities that make the first 3 books so great. It’s like an identity crisis haha.
    I’ve seen the size of Outlander and that is one book I don’t think I’ll be able to get into. I still need to watch the first season of the show as well. 😛

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    • Well, I was a little bored with book 1 and 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire. I really liked the 3rd and parts of the 4th, but I am lost on the 5th. I just don’t really care enough anymore ..
      Watch the show! It’s slow and beautiful and majestic and painful and intense.

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