Top 5 Tuesday – Intimidating Books

Hey guys! I feel that the last week has flown by! And now it’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday, which is hosted by Shanah over at The Bionic Bookworm.

This week the topic is Top 5 Intimidating Books! I’ll admit that writing this post made me feel like a bad book worm for giving up/not even trying with some of these books, so hopefully reading some of your posts will make me feel like we’re all in it together haha!

Image result for lord of the rings bookThe Lord Of The Rings – J. R. Tolkien

I feel like such a bad book worm for admitting that I haven’t read these books. In my defence… I did try to read them when I was younger. But I just couldn’t get into it and the sheer size kind of put me off. I haven’t seen any of the films either… I guess it’s just not my thing!

Image result for war and peace bookWar & Peace – Leo Tolstoy

I love the story of War & Peace. I’ve watched the films and TV adaptations, but I’ve never even attempted to read the book. Again, the size puts me off. I’d love to say I’ll get around to reading it at some point, but I don’t know if I ever will.

Image result for les miserables bookLes Miserables – Victor Hugo

Les Miserables is my favourite musical ever. I’ve seen it on the West End at least 7 times and I’ve watched the film versions more than I want to admit. After I seen it on the West End for the first time, I ordered the book from Amazon. I tried to read it, but I just couldn’t get in to the language and the size of the thing was huge. I wanted to love the book so much, but it didn’t work out unfortunately.

Image result for a little life book coverA Little Life – Hanya Yanigihara

I actually really enjoyed this book, but my god did it take me bloody ages to finish it! At some points I was doubting whether it was even worth slogging through, but I’m glad I did because it’s a really lovely yet heart-breaking story.

Image result for game of thrones book coverGame of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

Being the book worm that I am, as soon as people started to build up the hype of Games of Thrones Season 1, I thought I’d start reading the books before I watched the show. That turned out to be massive mistake. I couldn’t keep up with the characters at all. It would switch from the Lannister’s, to the Stark’s, to the Targaryen’s and so on. One minute I was in Winterfell, the next I was in Kings Landing. It was just so confusing.

I absolutely love the TV show, so I’ll find the books much easier now so maybe one day I’ll get round to reading them.

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  1. A Little Life is one that’s intimidated me since I first heard about it. And I think it’s because I’ve heard it’s so emotional and just wrecks your heart! But I’m still interested in reading it! Great list!
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂


  2. These are all terrifying books. I’ve read Lord of the Rings and can save you a little time by telling you to skip the songs. You might think you need to read them because there will be some meaning in there somewhere. Well, there isn’t. I checked.

    I’ve also read The Song of Ice & Fire series, and I have no time-saving tips on that one. They’re just big books, but really, really good!


  3. I agree with LOTR, Game of Thrones, and War and Peace. Those are all on my “someday” list! I started the Hobbit once and got half way through and I think because of that, it has been so hard to try and pick it up again and why I feel intimidated by Game of Thrones!

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    1. If you watch Game of Thrones I think you might be okay with reading the books. But I found it so hard to remember all the characters because I couldn’t imagine them. The book is good though! I definitely feel like I’d appreciate them more now that I’ve watched the show

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      1. That’s so good to hear! Other people have told me the same…to try and watch them while I read them! Maybe I’ll give that a try! (Such a huge time commitment, for sure!)


  4. I had to read another Tolstoy book (Anna Karenina) in college. Even the freaking name is intimidating. And then the book is literally a 750 page wall of text.

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