Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Intimidating Books

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm  which explores a number of different topics to get you all thinking!

So I’ve had a little think – my poor brain! – and come up with a list of 5 books that have always intimidated me for a number of reasons!  Hopefully you can put my mind at rest over some of them and I can finally stop being so scared!!


I have the set!  And it has been sitting in my wardrobe (hidden away) for a couple of years now!! I adore the TV show but the books just scare me, mainly due to their size!  It would be a great time for me to pick them up with the new TV series so far away… should I?!


Another one of those ‘chunkster’ books that has been hidden away in my wardrobe! The reviews are pretty impressive but it does warn of a lot of emotion and often heartbreaking and I’m really not sure I can cope with it! Have you read it?!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Another chunkster!! Over 700 pages!! I loved the early books in the Mortal Instruments series (this is book 6) but found myself not enjoying the last couple so not sure I can muster up the enthusiasm to put myself through all those pages in this one if I’m not going to like it – or care what happens lol!!


Loved The Muse by this author, and then got hold of a copy of this as heard so many wonderful things but never got round to picking it up.  I then made the mistake of watching the BBC version on TV recently – and really didn’t enjoy it so that has put me off picking the book up once more!


I’m always intimidated by books that have a big media ‘buzz’ about them and this one seemed to be everywhere for a while and it also seems to have very divided opinions! Some love it, others hate it!  Have a feeling I could be in the hate camp… if I ever picked it up!!


Do you have books that intimidate you?  Should I pick any of these up and get over my issues?!! 

21 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Intimidating Books

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  2. I’ve seen a lot of people with Game of Thrones/Song of Ice & Fire on their list. It’s big. Something like 1.3 million words, I think. But it’s pretty good. Since you’ve seen the show, I’m not sure how good the read would be… It’d be interesting to find out.

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  3. I have to say that I read the whole game of thrones series as ebooks before I ever set eyes on their massive books. So I didn’t know to be intimidated by them! Haha.

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  4. I also have a set of the ASOIAF/GOT books, but I’ve only read the first one. I’m intimidated by the length of the books and of the series itself too! I’d still recommend giving The Miniaturist a try. I thought the book was so atmospheric and engaging, but found the miniseries to be rather blah-so much so that I haven’t even finished it yet.

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  5. I loved A Little Life but I totally understand why some people hated it, because it is very dark and sad, and at times horrifying. But I took something beautiful from it in the end. I think a lot depends on whether you get bogged down in the horrible stuff that happens to the main character.

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  6. Loved The Miniaturist. And the TV series based on the book. Hey, could I ask you a quick question please? You have just liked my latest post on the Hiding book. Thanks. Could you say if you got an email notification of this post or did you just happen to see it in the reader? I am asking because I do not think my post notification emails are getting through to followers. Thanks a lot

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