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By my count, this Top Ten Tuesday will be the 44th done by this site (what?!). Top Ten Tuesday has come a long way, from Childhood Favorites to Book to Movie wishlists. Across those 44 weeks there most likely have been Tuesdays where you just forgot, didn’t have the time or didn't know it existed and really wished that you could because it was such a cool week. Well, here is your chance to fix it!
Top Ten Tuesday Rewind is a chance for you to go back through the archives and chose a past TTT that you want to do, or maybe even redo! The best part is that the linky is going to be like a grab bag! You won’t know what it is until you get there!
Check out here for a list of past Top Ten Tuesdays and to see future Top Ten Tuesdays (next week is Top Ten Mean Girls In Books)
It was really hard to chose, but after consideration I am giving Jamie’s Top Ten Most Intimidating Books another go.
Julia's Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
1. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
There are really two things that intimidate me about books. Their rating by people that have thus classified them as classics and their length. At 592 pages and having been made into at least one movie adaptation, that classifies it enough for me. And is enough to intimidate the hell out of me.
2. Paradise Lost - John Milton
I really, really want to read this. I even tried
3. Anything by Tolstoy
It really comes down to a)it’s foreign and translated b)it’s from a different time c)it’s long. Beyond long. They move into tome territory.
4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Also very long, but not even slightly light reading. All I know about this book is its very… feministic? I’m drifting into judgement territory but I feel like even if I did every give it a try, I would dislike it for the same reason I don’t really like politics. I could tell you what that reason is, but it would be the same one.
5. Books by Dostoevsky that are not The Brothers Karamazov
Mostly because I already read that one and in reading that one, I found out that I liked Dostoevsky’s writing, which puts me in between a rock and a hard place. I think I would enjoy his other books, but when I think about it I think about the things I didn’t like about The Brothers Karamazov and psych myself out of it.
6. Jane Autsen Novels
I can hear some of you snicker, but there is something about these novels that makes them really hard to get into for me. I remember getting about 30 pages into Pride and Prejudice before I had to move on to lighter fare. Maybe it’s the style, but I remember bemoaning the loss of dialog tags. I really want to read them. They sound like great books. But they just intimate me. I think the Bronte sisters works fall under the same category by no fault of their own.
I’ve only read A Christmas Carol, but I feel if I ever tried to really give Dickens a shot I would be turned off by the language and comparing whatever work it was to whatever adaptation I had already seen. His works are all over the place.
8. 1984 - George Orwell
This time it's the science aspect. I read Dune and it kind of turned me off to sci fi books. Unfair, I know. I then read Fahrenheit 451, which is more dystopian, like 1984, and really enjoyed it. That hope of awesome keeps me coming back. I do want to read this though, even if they go into too much science detail (not that I know if they do or not). I just need to (wo)man up and read it.
9. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
This is not just this book. I want to read the whole Musketeers series. I've read the first one, but when I think about all the others and how big each is I just go read something else. It always comes down to length for me it seems. The bigger it is, the more arduous the process. But I guess the greater the reward?
10. Long Fantasy Series
I don’t know if this is fair or not, but if series go on forever, they could be the best works ever and I would be hard pressed to read them. Not so much for there never ending nature (helps though) but because I ‘d be worried I wouldn’t get that “I just finished a book” pay off that you get after the last page. I am attempting to conquer this fear right now by reading Name of the Wind. So far so good (except carrying around all the time is back breaking!).
So that’s my list! I am look forward to the grab bag below!