This week the Top Ten Tuesday topic really made me think. I didn't really think I was intimidated by many books until I started to really consider the books. Here are my top ten most intimidating books.
Genre Books That Intimidate:
These books are all books that I think I could like, but they are intimidating because I am not a huge fan of the genre.
You could pretty much substitute any Stephen King title here. I know that my father loved reading his novels and I know that there are a lot of good stories that have been used for movies and television series, but I am scared to read the books. I never have been a fan of horror stories and his books seem ever so scary.
The books in the Game of Thrones series are so long and they are fantasy books. I have not really ever been a fan of fantasy and this genre confuses me some. I did really like the first season of the television series and would probably like the books, but I am intimidated by the genre conventions that I am not familiar with.
The Lord of the Rings series is another intimidating series. I am just not sure I will be able to love the way the fantasy books are written so I don't pick them up.
La Mano de Fatima by Idelfonso Falcones is another book in Spanish that I have on my shelf. I really loved his first book La Catedral del Mar but it took a long time to get through and so will this one. I read much slower in Spanish and this book is at least 900 pages long with tiny print.
I am really intrigued by the premise of the book The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. However, this book is very long also. I was lucky enough to find a copy in the clearance section of Half Price Books one day, but since it is paperback, the print is teeny tiny.
Every year I have at least one student who asks me if I have read this book. Many students and colleagues have read it and found it to be a powerful book. I just do not want to read about these awful things. I am a master at avoiding stories that I think will be too sad (and sad movies too). Some day I will read this one so that I can see what everyone is talking about but it will probably be something I avoid doing for some time to come.