Top Ten Tuesday is an online meme created by The Broke and the Bookish – check out their blog for some great book reviews and recommendations! Today’s list is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimidated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc).
1. Moby Dick - I've tried to read Moby Dick and failed. I tried to listen to Moby Dick and failed. If I thought there was a decent screen adaptation of it I would watch it, but I'm afraid there isn't. The truth of the matter is, I only want to read it because I feel like I should.
2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - If I didn't know the ending, I might be more apt to pick it up.
3. Le Miserables by Victor Hugo - another book I started and stopped.
4. Blindness - Stream of conscious. Need I say more?
5. Cloud Atlas - Moves back and forth in time.
6. Love in the Time of Cholera - I'm not sure why this is intimidating, but it's been on my bookshelf for a few years and I keep passing it by.
6. Blood Meridian - I've heard how difficult McCarthy is to read too many times to not be intimidated.
7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - long and about a legal case. I'm falling asleep typing that. Plus, the British mini-series from a few years back was awesome.
8. Vanity Fair - again, length.
9. Anything else by Faulkner - it was a struggle enough to get through The Sound and the Fury.
10. Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote - I really, really want to read this but geez. It's almost 3000 pages long. I probably should have started it when the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War started back in 2011. Now I'm mad I didn't think of that sooner.