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We all have them. Those books that we really want to read and yet every time we are looking to start something we brush right past them. There is just something about them that makes it impossible to pick them up... here are my top ten intimidating books and organized by the reasons that I keep passing them by.
Physical qualities of the books: size of the book or size of the font (This book is too big! This font is too tiny!)
1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
2. Possession by A.S. Byatt
3. The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber - I have tried multiple times to start this book. But the font in my edition is painfully small. To the point where my eyes are hurting.
Classics: I tend to really love classical literature. But sometimes I'm scared to read them because I'm afraid I'll get lost and muddled in the differences of language. Or, even worse, I'll read it and go "why is this book so important?"
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
5. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray - This one could also fall in the first reason. Because at almost 1000 pages, it's quite a beast
6. Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick - I haven't had any experience with this master of Scifi yet. I don't know why I'm so intimidated to introduce him into my library- I know I'll be happier for it once I do.
Are you a series? : Seriously- sometimes I can't tell if a book is a stand alone, part of a series, or if they aren't technically a series but they are in the same universe so they are getting labeled as a series... So usually I just skip it and get another book
7. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear by Walter Moers- This guy has been on my bookshelf since high school. I think it's a stand alone. But on Goodreads it says (#1) - at least if it is a series... I have the first one. But some of the series(?) haven't been translated into English. So if it is a series... I can't finish it.
8. Darkmans by Nicola Barker - I am 99% sure this is a "technically not a series but all in the same universe" situation but Goodreads says it's #3 in the "Thames Gateway" series
Sorry Non-fiction... not today: I want to like Non-fiction. There are TONS of non-fiction books that sound really interesting to me. Studies, memoirs, essays- you name it- If I own it, it's probably been on my shelf for years.
9. Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
10. The Supergirls by Mike Madrid
-Both of these are examples of feminist perspective books that I am positive I would love (or at least find interesting discussions in) but I just always reach for the fiction when I'm looking for something new.
How about you all? What kind of things intimidate you about a book? And if there has been an intimidating book on your shelf- what got you to eventually say "Today. Today is the day I will read you"