Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Intimidating Reads

Posted July 2, 2013 by Stormy in Blogging, Books / 22 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Eight Books That Intimidate Me.

1. The Ask and the Answer/Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

These two books were both on my Spring TBR AND my Summer TBR. I LOVED The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I’m so INTIMIDATED to continue the series. What if I don’t love them as much? What if they kill my emotions like the first book did and I cry? What if I start to hate the main characters?

2. The Cider House Rules by John Irving

I LOVE A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, but I’m afraid his other books won’t live up to my expectations. This one’s been sitting on my shelf for two years now, and I just haven’t been able to pick it up yet.

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvatar

Everyone seems to love Maggie Stiefvatar’s writing. I didn’t like Shiver all that much, but I did like her prose, which makes me think I might like this book. But at the same time, I feel I might be the odd one out.

4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Um, it’s J.K. Rowling, but it’s a literary, adult, dark J.K. Rowling. I don’t know if my brain would be able to process this.

5. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

So. I’ve heard things. And I want to keep hating Warner, than you very much.

6. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

Time travel, guys. TIME.TRAVEL. I LOVE time travel books. But I’m also so intimidated by this one because a)it’s pretty hefty, and b)it’s gotten some GLOWING reviews and I’m afraid I won’t love it as much.

7. Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Eeek it’s the end of a series I really like–and that’s always nerve-wracking! I really liked Unearthly, but LOVED Hallowed, so I don’t know how Boundless could ever measure up.

8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

So everyone loves this book, but says it starts a little slow. And since historical fiction isn’t one of my favorite genres in the first place, I don’t know if I’d stick with it long enough. I always pick it up when I see it and then setting it back down because it’s such a hyped book.



22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Intimidating Reads

  1. I want to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I’m not sure I’m strong enough… And I know that it’s The JRK, but I don’t think I’ll ever read The Casual Vacancy. It sounds utterly boring, and not my cup of tea at all. Pretty much the same goes for Code Name Verity.

  2. Jessica @ Books: A true story

    I haven’t read Raven Boys yet either, but I’m really excited to. I think the mythology in it sounds really cool. And I just could not get through The Casual Vacancy. you will either love it or hate it – I haven’t seen a meh review yet.

  3. J

    I haven’t read Raven Boys yet either, but I’m really excited to. I think the mythology in it sounds really cool. And I just could not get through The Casual Vacancy. you will either love it or hate it – I haven’t seen a meh review yet.

    • stormydawnc

      Raven Boys definitely sounds interesting. . . just scared I won’t like it as much as everyone else! I think I COULD like The Casual Vacancy. It sounds like a book I might like. It’s the fact the author’s J.K. Rowling that makes everything more complicated!

  4. Ahhh.. I forgot The Raven Boys on my list! I am def scared of that one! Everyone says they love it, yet have the nerve to say “I don’t think you will though”. What the heck does that even mean?? haha Is there something wrong with me???
    Also, read Unravel Me. I did. I still hate Warner. It is possible. 🙂 Yes, even after Chapter 62!! You can do it! Book 3 better make me happy.

    • stormydawnc

      It’s so interesting people tell you that. I guess they’re wanting to warn you?(which seems fair enough), but yeah, intimidating.
      Good to know about Unravel Me! It’s currently sitting on my dresser beckoning to me but I am so TORN about my feelings & what will happen to them.

    • stormydawnc

      I think I’d like The Casual Vacancy a lot. I’m mainly scared of it because of WHO wrote it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • stormydawnc

      Thanks for stopping by! I own the Raven Boys on my Kindle, so I know I’ll be giving it a try at SOME point.

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  6. I’m also intimidated by A Casual Vacancy — mostly because I’m afraid that I won’t like it, and J.K. might lose a little of her magic in my eyes.

    • stormydawnc

      Exactly. Like if Casual Vacancy was written by anyone other than J.K. Rowling, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not really the book that intimidates me. . . it’s the author.

  7. Asti (A Bookish Heart)

    Out of all of these I say FINISH THE CHAOS WALKING SERIES! I mean, it’s still pry going to make you cry, but still so good. My favorite series and I hope to reread it sometime this year.

    The only other one I’ve read is The Casual Vacancy, and while it’s not bad, it’s definitely not HP. The story isn’t as action-packed, but the characters are just as real.

    • stormydawnc

      I know, I know! I’m sure I WILL love the rest of the Chaos Walking series(and really, I need to because the ENDING to The Knife of Never Letting Go? I NEED to know what happens!).

  8. kimberlybuggie

    Code Name Verity! I feel the same way. It is so hyped, I’m afraid that I won’t like it! I love Cider House Rules, I hope you pick it up!

    My TTT

    • stormydawnc

      I really like John Irving, so I feel like I WOULD like Cider House Rules, but I’m just intimidated! And CNV has so much HYPE. How could it ever live up?

  9. I started The Cider House Rules a couple of weeks ago (having read nothing by John Irving before) and I was pleasantly surprised. While I haven’t finished it yet because I just found it a little dry and needed a fresh breath, I do plan on going back and getting it done.

  10. I was impressed by The Raven Boys, and people kept saying it was much better than The Mercy Falls series. I believed them and picked that one up, and I found it pretty remarkable! Stiefvater is an amazing author, in her own right 🙂 I also love anything Elizabeth Wein, and anything J.K. Rowling (at least until A Casual Vacancy, which I found extremely bothersome). And these are some great picks, Stormy 😀

    • stormydawnc

      Yeah, I’ve heard The Raven Boys is much better than The Mercy Falls series. I OWN this book, so I really need to just take a deep breath & read it already!

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