Top 5 Wednesday – Books You’re Intimidated By

imgresThis week’s theme should be rather easy, right? After all, we all have these few books that kind of scared us, maybe even made us stop reading for a while but, in the end, we were happy to finish them.

Or maybe there are few books just lying there on your shelf, waiting for you to pick them up, staring at you in the night and showing up in your dreams moaning “reaaad meee” ;).

And then there are the over-hyped books. The ones with a huge fanbase. The ones that you feel pressured to read, and what’s worse – to like. These might not scare you at once. You take the book, start reading, and reading… and you realize it’s not really that great, you don’t really like it. “But there were so many great opinions about this story” – you think – “it just has to be good, I’ll read a bit more“. Sometimes you do finally get into the book, you find all the things people loved about it, but there are also the stories that just don’t work for you. What now? Will you go against this huge, raging fanbase and tell them how bad the book was?


The classics – the books that were written long before you were even born, the ones that many people pretend to have read, the ones that pretty much everyone talks about with a fearful respect. Yes, I don’t read that many of these. I do have few favorites and few on my TBR list, but honestly, I don’t have this feeling that I have to read them.

And here are my chosen three for today, 5-4-3 star books – the one I loved, the one I liked, but it was still not easy to get through it and the one that kind of disappointed me, but I’m still glad I’ve read it.

Master and Margarita Dracula Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


The Sci-Fi – I know it might sound strange, but the truth is I prefer to watch sci-fi movies/tv shows and read fantasy, so pretty much every sci-fi book is a bit intimidating for me. Except for the Martian. It’s awesome and I’ve started reading it as soon as my friend brought me the books.

Anyway, here are the book that looked a bit scary at first, but I ended up loving them:

Sphere Red Rising

I’ve read the Sphere few years ago and I did it because I used to like the movie. I don’t like the movie anymore. The book is so much better that I can’t stand to watch it. This story is fantastic! You should really read it.

As for Red Rising, I finished reading it just a few days ago. Or rather listening. I should really admit to listening to most of the books mentioned till now… I’ve only read The Master and Margarita on paper. Anyway, the story is so good! I was really surprised about all the feelings it touched. Plus I don’t understand how it could be shelved as a young adult. Yes, it’s about teenagers, but when you read/listen to it you don’t really feel that. He had a wife! You can’t possibly think about him as a teenager anymore! Plus everything that’s happening to them is so cruel. I can’t believe you could put your kids through that [yes, I know it’s just a book].


First author’s requests – when you’re a bookish person, actively reviewing books even if it’s just on Goodreads, maybe trying your chances at the Goodreads giveaways, at some point you might get this magical message from one of the authors with a review request. I don’t know about you, but for me, it was a mix of excitement (about 90%) and fear. After all – YES, you’d love to read and review their book! But what if you won’t like it?

OK, I don’t really remember what was my first request ever, but here are two books I was asked to review while ago and loved:

Shadow of time Prophecies Awakening

Shadow of Time is basically a paranormal romance and it’s amazing! The world created by Jen Minkman is magical, yet so real. The characters are full of life and the romance is believable, especially when you find out about all what happened.

Prophecies Awakening is a typical fantasy. It’s all about a prophecy. The book is very dynamic, fast paced, has a great cast of various characters and it’s really hard to put down. Check it out!


The popular ones – yup, here are the loved-by-all books. The ones I was kind of afraid to start, but couldn’t resist anyway and now I’m so glad I read them. I don’t think I need to explain why I liked them πŸ˜‰

Hunger Games Grave Mercy The Magicians' Guild


The big guys – these huge bricks that look almost too heavy to carry them around :P. Well, I’m just joking, but you know which books I mean.

All of these three books are long, but they are way beyond satisfying. I loved them! I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned these books before at one occasion or another, so let’s leave it at that.

The Mists of Avalon Korona Ε›niegu i krwi Game of thrones


How about your Top 5 Wednesday? Link it up or simply list some of the books that intimidated you in the comments πŸ™‚
Have you read any of the stories I’ve mentioned?


26 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Books You’re Intimidated By

  1. Classics are so incredibly intimidating for me. Especially the old classics, the style of writing and the way that English was written back then is rather hard for me to understand. Not that I can’t, just that it takes me a bit longer. I’ve really enjoyed the classics that I’ve read, and I know of a certain modern classic that is literally one of my favorite books of all time. But for some reason, every time I think about picking up a classic I get really intimidated. Even for classics as short as say, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of these days I will read more classics! (Hopefully.)

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    1. The language difference is even worse if English isn’t your first language. The Polish translations don’t really give you the feel of the original style, sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t.
      And yes, in this case the size doesn’t matter πŸ˜‰


  2. bookheathen

    I think one needs to take time with ‘classics’, the novels that were written’ long ago’. We get so used to reading modern idiom, which we can skim through and enjoy because it’s easy. Forcing myself to be patient has allowed me to enjoy books I once hesitated to read.

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    1. That’s true, I’ve been reading so many young-adult books that I can’t appreciate a good old book. Or even not so old. Recently I caught the new R.A. Salvatore book. I used to love them when I was a teenager (true, these were one of very few accessible fantasy books back then) but now it took me a while to get into it and really enjoy the story. I’m guessing it’s the same with classics.

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  3. I totally relate to all of these points! I’m trying to get into classics, but because I never had to read them at school it’s extremely challenging. I also am terrified of books that are huge because I have a non existent attention span πŸ˜‚ I have such a mixed relationship with hyped books. I NEED to read them because I’m so curious and I want to see how I’ll feel, but then I’m scared I’ll dislike it and everyone will hate me, haha! I can get really bad about books I’ve accepted for review too because I’m worried I won’t like them.

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    1. well thank you πŸ˜€

      I think I’m not very found of classics after I had to read them at school. Book after book, all long, most of them not kid-friendly and yet I had to know them. And I wasn’t a big book lover back then. It felt like just another annoying homework.

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  4. Great list! I’ve also read Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and I agree with you… not the most awe-inspiring books (though I did like Dracula) and sometimes a little difficult to get through, but I’m glad I’ve read them. Guess that happens with a lot of classics – nice to finally see what everyone and is talking about and get to know the origins of things, but the old-fashioned pace and style is not always that engaging.

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    1. yes, the style rather bothers me
      I totally forgot to add Time Machine to the list – same issue here, plus the way it was narrated was not very interesting
      But yes, I like to know the origins too

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  5. I am exactly the same regarding watching sci-fi and reading fantasy. I think maybe part of it for me is that reading in-depth sciencey explanations that go over my head is no fun, whereas if I’m watching it I don’t have to understand the ins and outs, I can just get the gist and I’m good.

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