Top Ten Most Intimidating Books


 It’s Top 10 Tuesday, which is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish and the topic is:

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I’ve heard so many great things about this book yet I can’t seem to pick it up. Is it the sad things that I have heard about it?  I’ve also heard that there is animal cruelty in it and that kind of puts me off. I know that it exists in the world, but I’m not ready to read this one yet. Who knows but it’s been on my list for too long and there’s a tug  of war inside me that both wants to read and not.


Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I think one of the most intimating things about this books is its length. It’s over 1000 pages! That’s just crazy! I think the most I’ve ever read was a 600 page book and that took a while. It’s a classic and I would love to read it, but not right now.


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I’ve heard so many great things about this book and the overall series and I’ve been meaning to pick it up. However, for some reason I have been intimidated. Could it be the length of each book?  Each book is pretty lengthy!


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This one has been on my list for way too long but there is just something disturbing about the topic that I just don’t want to pick it up. I’ve seen the movie and that was just unsettling. I’ve heard that it is a great book but it still intimidates me.


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

This is a classic and some classics just scare me so I don’t pick them up. I definitely want to read it one day, but when that day will come is another thing.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This is another one that I haven’t been able to pick up, most likely because of the topic. Some topics I just want to stay away from because of what they will make me feel.  I know that I will read this one day soon (there is a movie and another book out already!) because I’ve heard so many rave reviews. I am going to give it a chance.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The author’s name should give it away. I haven’t read anything by him and I know that this one is a classic, however, I just can’t seem to pick it up.

6185Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 This one is one of those books that I know that I should read but it’s not really a me type of book. I know that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it.  However, maybe I’ll change my mind and take a chance on it.


Schindler’s List by Thoma Keneally

The topic and the overall theme of the book are stopping me.  I saw the movie and it made me cry buckets. Books tend to have an even more prominent effect on me so I don’t think I am ready to open it just yet.


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 The author and the fact that it’s in French. Also, I know that a lot of people have loved it, but I might end up not liking it at all.

What are your Top Ten Most Intimidating Books?

  • Les Misérables, Anna Karenina & the Game of Thrones series are on my list too. Wow, I didn’t even think of Schindler’s List for this week. Gone with the Wind is also on my TBR at some stage list.

  • I’ve read the Lovely Bones twice; it was that good. I haven’t seen the movie, though. The rest of your choices could be on my list as well… Kite Runner and Les Mis are both dust collectors on my shelf. 😉

  • Water for Elephants. I loved that book- but yes there were a few scenes that broke my heart because of cruelty. And I hate reading about that. Kite Runner and Lovely Bones are two amazing books- but I probably could never read them again because of the emotional content.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  • There are some great books in your list Les Mis and Anna Karenina, and I can’t help but love Wuthering Heights. I know they are scary but they are worth it in the end 🙂

  • Gone With the Wind and The Kite Runner are both amazIng reads but I just didn’t like The Lovely Bones. Other than that, I still have to read Water for Elephants, George R.R. Martin’s books and Wuthering Heights.

  • Now that is a HEAVY list!! I feel the same way about Water for Elephants. I REALLY want to read it, but I can’t handle animal cruelty at all. The Kite Runner is a tough read, but amaaazing story. I didn’t like The Lovely Bones book as much as the movie. 🙂 That one made me feel really depressed.

  • Love Gone With the Wind! The story is so engaging, the pages really turn themselves. Lovely Bones was a good read but you’re right about its unsettling nature.

  • I’ve read a few on your list… Les Mis is great but it’s difficult to slog through the random tangents that constantly occur. I liked Water for Elephants and I loved Gone With The Wind. I read GWTW a long time ago it’s really one I should re-read.

    I loathe Wuthering Heights with a passion – I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I hated characters more than that one! But it’s interesting to read those sorts of books.

  • Lia

    I’ve been thinking about checking out Game of Thrones as well, but epically long books, a huge number of characters to remember, and the fact that the author isn’t done writing the series and seems to take at least five years between books are very intimidating factors!

  • I’ve really loved Gone With the Wind and Anna Karenina, but I would recommend GWtW over AK. I’ve said this in a few comments today, but I really admire people who read the Game of Thrones series. They are ridiculously long and there are so many of them! But people do it! It’s crazy!

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  • Gone With the Wind is definitely a chore. I think reading Water for Elephants made me wake up a bit to circus cruelty and do some research, so while yes, intimidating, in the end it made me a more informed person.

  • Les Mis and Schindler’s List…..Sooooo intimidating….I’ve yet to read either one, purely because they scare me!!! And I really like Moby Dick (not that I’m done with it) I read it in intervals….And I agree about Gone With the Wind….a must read for another time….preferably 60+ years from now when I’m unable to mvove and have nothing better to do.. 🙂

  • The books on your list intimidate me so much that I cringe just looking at them! In all seriousness though, I get a lot of constant good feedback from customers for most of them so I hope you enjoy them. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy

    I forgot about Water For Elephants – I’ve been avoiding it for the same reason as you, not sure if I could handle any animal cruelty scenes. I think it would just break my heart 🙁

    Thanks for stopping by My Top Ten 🙂

  • Oh we have so many titles similar. Annakarenina, Wuthering Heights. Moby Dick, Les Mis. Classics are really intimidating no?

    As for A Game of Thrones, which I am actually reading now, it is lengthy but I find it pretty exciting. More so if you watch the tv series. 😀

    Thanks for dropping by my list!

  • I was intimidated by Game of Thrones but I read it and now I face the same intimidation with the second book in the series! I’m determined to read it this summer though. I forgot to add Anna Karenina to my list, as I am very intimidated by that book! I will read it someday though, I hope. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  • Yes to Schindler’s List! I want to read it, but at the same time, don’t. Ha!

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    ~Merin @ Read and Reviewed~

  • Wuthering Heights is my all time favorite book so I recommend you take a chance on it lol. Gone With the Wind is another one I love. It took me a while, but it was worth it. A Game of Thrones is also fantastic. I devoured that despite the length. Great list!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  • Wow, some really intimidating books on your list! I share a lot of them with you. 😀

  • I have Les Misérables and A Game of Thrones on my list too. They’re soo thick.
    As for The Lovely Bones…if you do read it, get the tissues ready.

  • So many books here I have bought and then not read… like ALL of the George RR Martin books…

    Wuthering Heights… it’s a book I LOVE to hate… the characters are vile and revolting in the way they treat others and yet I love to read it because I find it amazing how the author managed to create such vivid and vile characters.

    Hope you have a great week!

  • Great list!! I have to agree with you that these are all intimidating reads lmao.

  • I forgot to mention Gone with the Wind on my list this week, I’ve seen the movie and would love to read the book but yikes, I’ll need to clear up my to-read list first before I read it :p

    Great list, thanks for dropping by my blog! 🙂

  • I’ve been seeing Game of Thrones a lot on these lists and with good reason! They’re scary!