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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

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Dun dun dun…. I have a weird brain when it comes to book intimidation. I’m actually not generally intimidated by books because I just don’t have the brain time to think about it that much when choosing books. I also generally don’t worry about reading a book unless I was given it for review and since I’m not getting a lot of ARCs from publishers, no pressure! I get a lot of ARCs from a book blogger friend, which is kind of the best of both worlds since I can read books I’m excited for, hold awesome giveaways, but not feel pressured to read one that isn’t appealing to me. In any case, there are still some books that are intimidating, but I kind of picked from looking over at my shelf more than anything ;-).


The Way of Kings City of Bones Insurgent Bitterblue The Burning Sky

Door-stoppers are of course frightening. How can I possibly fit in the time to read one book that is twice the length of others on my shelf?? I could read two books in the time it takes to read just one of the above! But I really really want to read them, that’s what makes it the worst. I keep telling myself that I will find time, I really really will. But then when it’s time to choose another book, I hide if any of them look my way D:


Seraphina Cloud Roads Vessel Night Circus Legend

There are books that have sat on my shelf tempting me for so long that I know they won’t live up to my mind’s impression of them (the Holy Grail of books). These are the books that I will certainly find time for (though Vessel is pretty chunky too… sigh), but I’m trying to calm my brain a bit before I read them to be fair. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly intimidated by them, more than anything I’m excited, but perhaps too excited…. They should probably be intimidated by me from the way I keep eyeing them, mwahaha.

So anyway, I’m a bit of an odd duck when it comes to book intimidation I’m afraid. I would love to hear about ways in which books intimidate you, I probably didn’t think of something that completely applies to me, haha.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A

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  1. Seraphina!! LOVE!

    I am so sad that I missed this one! I had such an awesome list!

  2. Bitterblue and Seraphina were really good! Even though some books may seem a big read, usually they’re worth it at least right? :)

  3. hehe yeah, as far as the big-daddy books, we share Way of Kings (but I’m DYING to read it, but woah o.O) though I have a feeling when Burning Sky is closer to it’s release date I’ll be groaning about it too >.< As far as your expectations books,we share Legend, Night Circus & Seraphina but I only own the last two!

    Both Insurgent and City of Bones were pretty quick reads for me, though I enjoyed Insurgent quite a bit more lol I hope you bite the bullet and read all of these soon!! Good luck :)

    • I’m thinking audiobooks might be my solution to the length problem xD Then I can’t really tell how long they are, haha

  4. The Night Circus is a tricky book – some love it, some not so much. I did and I hope you’ll like it too. I also read Seraphina, which I rather enjoyed. I was actually surprised by this one as I hadn’t heard much about it before reading it.

    • I’ve noticed that, I’m hopeful since I liked the first chapter while reading in the store, haha.

  5. The Night Circus intimidates me, too, because so many people love it so much. It just sits on my shelf, because what if I won’t like it? Safer to pick up a book sitting next to it…

  6. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Length is a bit intimidating for me, but sometimes I’m happy for a long book, if it’s a series I already love I’m glad for even more. Sometimes I’m also intimidated by hype, I mean, what if I don’t love it like everyone else?

    On your list I’ve read; City of Bones, Insurgent, and Seraphina. I really enjoyed them all. The length of City of Bones and Insurgent is barely noticeable because they are YA and they read fast. :)

    I hope you enjoy them when you get to them!

    • I have to admit I was disappointed when the Harry Potter books started shrinking again, haha.

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Me too, me too! I was so sad when the 6th book was smaller than the 5th. I was hoping they would continue to grow in

  7. I’m starting a readlong for the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books. That’s got me pretty intimidated, since I could probably use those books to blugeon intruders; they’re so thick! My expectations for them are also kind of intimidating, because I’ve heard both that they’re the best books ever and that they’re so boring you could fall asleep reading them. I’m curious to see which way my own opinions swing.

    (By the way, “Seraphina” was a pretty good read. I enjoyed it, anyway, in no small part because it’s getting less and less common to find YA fiction with a traditional fantasy setting instead of an urban fantasy one.)

    • Oo nice! I have the paperback of the second one so it wouldn’t be as useful as a weapon, haha. I enjoyed the first one, but it did get a bit boring at times. It helped a lot that I had seen the show so that I already knew all the characters! Have you been watching the show?

      • Nah, the stupidly anal part of my brain won’t let me watch it until I’ve read the books. :p That’s part of the reason I’m so eager to get them read now, so that I finally can watch the show without feeling weirdly guilty about it.

        • Hehe, that’s fair! I’m interested to hear what you think of the show after you’ve read the books since that’s a perspective I can’t have now

  8. Length always intimidates me, but I didn’t find City of Bones too bad, I flew threw it. The Night Circus scares me too, so many people love it but I’m scared that I have too many high expectations for it.

    Ange @ Moonlight Reader
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  9. I think Expectations for books rather than their length make me more intimidated to read them, but that’s just me. I just read Seraphina, actually! It was pretty great :)

    • Yey, I’m excited to read it, gotta find room on the schedule D: Honestly I think expectations make me want to read a book more in the end, hehe

  10. I have had Divergent sitting my shelf for a while now. tsk tsk. Cloud Atlas is also on my wishlist. The Way of Kings is worthy. If you are afraid they will literally suffocate you by falling on your face at night and smothering you, you could try the audios.

    • Hehe, I think I’m going to try to do audios for at least a couple just so that I can finally get to them!

  11. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I definitely have to agree with the two categories. You are always worried a book will let you down, but then the size of them for me, is so much more daunting!

  12. This is a really cute blog! And I love your picks! I’d recommend Divergent and Bitterblue as reads, though :) They’re not THAT scary or hard to read at all. I want to start TMI, but the entire series is so long already, I’m not sure where I’ll get the time for that. And I’m kind of scared it won’t live up to my expectations, because TID was the bomb diggity. Thanks for sharing, great feature! :D

  13. So I totally loved Insurgent–just read it last week, actually. Even though it’s long, it’s a very quick read because there’s lots of action and it’s hard to put down. I’m planning to read City of Bones next month. I’m actually to read the entire series in a month (1-2 books/week). As for the Expectations section, the only one I’ve read is Seraphina and unfortunately I wasn’t that impressed. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it felt very middle grade to me–like the stakes just weren’t high enough–so I got bored. But that was just me. Hopefully you’ll like it more. :D Great list.

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    • Wow, that’s going to be an intense month :D

      Thanks for the tip about Seraphina, I actually like middle grade when I know it’s coming, so I’ll go in with that mindset!

  14. I need to read Divergent, but something stops me reading it. Fabulous list!

  15. Insurgent isn’t as bad as the page number and look suggest. I read it on a plane ride home from Aruba last year. it goes really really quickly. Same for Bitterblue. I think I read that in a day or two. The type font and spacing is pretty big so that helps.

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    • Awesome! My Bitterblue is hardcover, so that definitely means larger font size and larger looking book. I’ll try to reassure myself ;-)

  16. sashandem says:

    Lots of hype for City of Bones – hope you can make it past the intimidation!


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