Monday, November 6, 2017

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This post is inspired by a past post from The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Most Intimidating Books as part of their Top Ten Tuesday series. I'm hoping to do these lists on a semi-regular basis, looking at both their current ones and their archived posts as well. For this list, I'm looking at books that I have been intimidated to read, whether because of their length, their verbosity, or some other factor. Now, without further ado...

  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - Length and verbosity
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - Lore complexity
  3. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy - Length, complexity of Russian history/military tactics (although after watching the 2016 mini-series, most of my concerns have been alleviated)
  4. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Writing Style
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Writing Style and verbosity
  6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville - Seafaring jargon, verbosity, and length
  7. Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory - Archaic language/spelling
  8. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott - Verbosity, poor development of some characters
  9. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin - Lore complexity, length, release date concerns
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - Length
What are some books you've been intimidated to read, and why? Did you try any of them anyway? I'd love to hear your thoughts

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