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SAM_1452I don’t normally do Top Ten Tuesday posts, though I absolutely adore reading them.  This meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and I look forward to their choices each week.  When I saw today’s topic, I knew I had to do it!  I am CONSTANTLY intimidated by books.  Mostly because of their size..

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I don’t normally care about people like Steve Jobs, but when Walter Isaacson publicly voiced that Steve Jobs asked him to tell the whole truth of his life, ugly bits and all, I knew I had to read it.  Jobs wanted a true account of his character to exist for his kids when they were grown, as he was secretly suffering from cancer when this biography commenced. Jobs had asked Isaacson to write it long before he actually did. Isaacson told him that he was too young, and to come back in a few years. Unbeknownst to him, Jobs was already diagnosed with cancer, and suffering secretly. When this news became public, Isaacson immediately agreed. I admire Jobs for letting the truth about his often controversial character be written about him, and I would love to read about it.  But the sheer heft of this book has me holding off.. hopefully not for much longer.

2. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee – I am avoiding this for one reason, and one reason only: it will rip my heart to shreds.  Like so many others, I have a connection to cancer, and reading this will no doubt bring up some really fragile memories. However, I must admit that cancer does scare me and what better way to battle your fear than with knowledge.  I was fortunate enough to hear Mukherjee speak once and was moved to tears.  When I’m ready, this book is waiting.

3. 11/22/64 by Stephen King – This one is sheer size, guys.  No other excuse.  The story sounds amazing (time travel, mystery and the king of horror? why not?!) but it is SOOOO huge!  Also, it would be my first Stephen King and I’m not quite sure if this is where I want to start..

4. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma – This book sounds fantastic, but so intricate!  Part of me gets lots trying to read steampunk, so I worry that it will happen with this chunker.  But I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews on this and really want to give it a shot!

5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I WILL READ THIS! I’m contemplating even starting this summer.. but it will no doubt take me 5 years.  Good lord that is a long book!

6. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George – I bought this book after a girl in one of my creative writing classes wrote a children’s story based on Mary Queen of Scots. She said her research came from this fantastic book about Mary’s life, and I bought it immediately.  And never read it.. I worry that historical tomes like this will lose my interest, but at the same time, know I will love it if I try.

7. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – This book gets WONDERFUL reviews, but it will be my first full-on fantasy novel, so I am intimidated.  But I will start!  I will!

8. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – This book is an absolute favourite of my best friend. She said it was so romantic and gorgeous, and I bought it right away, but .. yes.. it’s huge and I’m a wuss, apparently.

9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – The US version of this is much more reasonable sizewise, but I had to be particular and buy the UK version because I thought it was pretty.  The UK version has smaller text and more pages (how?!). One person told me this book put her to sleep, another told me she read it in 2 days because it was so fantastic. I have yet to decide for myself.

10. White Teeth by Zadie Smith – This is as much size as it is fear of Smith herself. Not everyone is a Smith fan, and she has been described as being long-winded.  I am hoping that I enjoy it though, as I have always wanted to try one of her books!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Intimidating Books

  1. Love this post! 11/22/64 was my first Stephen King and I really enjoyed it- I too was very unsure but read it for my book club. It’s long but the story is so engaging that I felt like it flew by.
    In your booktube videos you always have the most interesting covers/editions of books, where do you get them? How does one go about buying a book with a specific cover?

  2. They are intimidating, indeed!! :) but well, I’ve read reviews of most of them and they seem to be very enjoyable, so no problem at all! ;)

  3. A Discovery of Witches, The Bronze Horseman, and The Name of the Wind are all ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC books! Cannot recommend them highly enough.

    The Map of Time I ended up DNF-ing, which is sad. I thought it sounded so awesome, but it didn’t hold my interest :(

    This is such a great pile!! I totally get being intimidated by the big giant books ;-)

  4. This is a great list!! And I agree the sure size of most of the books or even the content has me put off and intimidated by these books. The Bronze Horseman and A Discovery of Witches is on my list to read as well :)

  5. Great choices. I’m so with you on Gone with the Wind and 11/22/64. A Discovery of Witches, on the other hand, is tons of fun. Even if I was annoyed with the characters in spots.

    I’ll be doing the big books tag on BookTube this weekend. And of course I had to face down some of my fears in my own Top 10 Tuesday post.

  6. The Name of the Wind could have been on my list too… that book is massive! I really enjoyed The Discovery of Witches. I have yet to read the 2nd one though because I need to do a re-read of book 1 and that’s a commitment. (The 2nd one has next to nothing for a recap). Also dying to read 11/22/64… big scary books.

  7. Hey Chelsey.

    It’s been a while :) I hope your summer’s going great so far. Anyway, I too, am intimidated by a book’s sheer volume so I see where you’re coming from. It doesn’t stop me from buying the book anyway. I’ve got several from Game of Thrones series and Outlander series that I’ve bought and have yet to read. I also have Discovery of Witches and its sequel but have not started. I just can’t invest time right now.

    If we’re talking content, however, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma was one until I grew a pair this spring and finally read it. It wasn’t so bad after all.

    Great post!

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