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Top 5 Tuesday – Intimidating Books

It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the final Top 5 Tuesday of the month! I haven’t participated in T5T for a while so I’m so glad to be back. As usual, this is a weekly meme ran by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, so go check out her profile and hopefully you can join in next time too. The topic today is Intimidating Books! I know I certainly have a list of intimidating books, you know those ones that are on your ‘I’d like to read this in my lifetime but not right now because I’m kind of afraid’ books. Sometimes they’re terrifyingly long, extremely intellectual, renowned classics, or really time consuming. Some of these I already own but haven’t been brave enough to take the plunge yet and others I hope I’ll get round to at some point, even if it’s in the distant future.


  1. IT – Stephen King

I love the thought of tackling this book but when I had a peak of it in a book shop I couldn’t believe how huge the book was. It is seriously a mountain and is probably one of King’s most known books (along with plenty of others) so it’s pretty intimidating. Despite having never seen the original screen adaptation, I did love the new film so I’m even more determined to read IT. I got my first Stephen King book for Christmas so I’m one step closer to tackling this intimidating book!

IT Stephen King


  1. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

Sticking with the Stephen’s, another one of my intimidating reads is A Brief History of Time. I’ve always found Stephen Hawking so fascinating and I loved learning about his life in the film The Theory of Everything. I’m slightly afraid of this book as I don’t think I’ll have a clue what’s going on but I’d love to read it nonetheless!

A Brief History Of Time


  1. Ulysses – James Joyce

Throughout my education I’ve heard Ulysses talked about lots, whether I was learning about the English language, literature, or drama, James Joyce’s novel seemed to pop up. This is such an iconic book that I just feel like I should read, but for some reason it seems really intimidating. I’m not sure whether it’s the links to Greek works of art, the poetic nature of the novel, or it’s link to the Modernist movement, but Ulysses is certainly on my list of intimidating books.



  1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien

Despite having read The Fellowship of the Ring I still find this trilogy as a whole really intimidating. The first book in the series was my first ever attempt at reading a book I consider intimidating, and it’s safe to say it wasn’t easy and was very time consuming. I did enjoy the book but I won’t be picking up the huge second and third books for a while.

lotr trilogy


  1. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

As a drama student who used to be in an amateur dramatics company, Les Mis means a huge amount to me. It was the first amateur musical I watched that inspired me to join my company and it was the last show I did with them before I left university. I’d love to read the book that inspired the musical that changed my life, but it’s such a physically huge and therefore intimidating!

les miserabes book cover


These are some really big, popular books that one day I’d love to read but for now they seem very intimidating. They are all influential in their own way and inspire me every day. I hope one day they can inspire some courage and determination because despite being intimidating they are not impossible! What intimidating reads would you like to pick up?

Happy reading!

19 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Intimidating Books

  1. Totally the Lord of the Rings is super time-consuming and difficult to get into. It took me a year to read the first one and I tried to read the second one by the end of last year and I’m like 43% of it and I just drop it for a while. XD it’s like it’s super slow and I cannot get it like I cannot read it faster… Haha

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    1. I agree. The Fellowship took up so much of my time (and was also super descriptive and hard) so it’s put me off finishing the trilogy for a while. I think I’ll enjoy The Two Towers more but I could read so many other books in the time it would take me on the remaining two!

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      1. Ugh totally!! I think that is what I said on my little review of the Fellowship… That you have to create a whole world so fast that you end up exhausted xD I remember sitting for like 2 hours and have read like 30 pages… Between the ADD and it’s “thickness” haha


  2. Hahaha, i just removed Ulysses and the Miserables from my Goodreads TBR. They’ve been sitting there for 5 years, but i just can’t bring myself to touch them.

    Lord of the Rings is gonna be next… I got the trilogy as a present about five years ago, but i didn’t like the first 50 pages so i just dropped it, basically 😀

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    1. I’ve had Les Mis on my kindle since I downloaded it when I first got it four years ago so I’m not sure I’ll ever read it either! LOTR is definitely worth pushing through but it can be very descriptive and slow. Have you read The Hobbit? I’d recommend that first!

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  3. I’m with you – I read the first Lord of the Rings book but the rest of them have intimidated me so much that I haven’t gone back to the series since! Great list!
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂


  4. Yup. There’s A Brief History of Time. Something tells me it’s anything but brief.

    Lord of the Rings is worth the time to read. Anytime they’re sitting around a fire and start singing a song, you can skip the song. I read them, looking for a deeper meaning, but there wasn’t any. Not in a single one of them. Not that my simple brain could discern anyway!


  5. Stephen King is an author that always intimidates me! Also, I feel ya with the Lord of the Rings series! I started the Hobbit back in late middle school/high school, and perhaps it just wasn’t a good time to start it because I got half way through and never touched the LOTR again. (Also, I no longer watch movies of books before reading the books if I can help it because this is one of those cases where I just don’t feel like spending all the time in that world, even though I enjoyed it.)


  6. Yes, IT and Lord of The Rings are so intimidating! I’ve heard that you should watch the films before reading TLOTR but I fell asleep watching the first film so I haven’t got a chance in hell with this series!


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