Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Intimidating Books

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I’ve chosen 5 books from my tbr that have intimidated me for various different reasons, size, author, genre, hype etc.

A Fever of the Blood by Oscar du Muriel


I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Strings of Murder, but I’m really intimidated by the subject matter, black magic and witches, in this second book. It’s silly really as I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, as they’re good mysteries, with great banter between the two main characters of Frey & McGray.




The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


I’m intimidated by all the hype surrounding this book. I loved A Snow Garden & Other Stories by the author so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this.





Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


Knowing the twist in this book intimidates me and stops from reading it, even though I have a copy on my bookshelf.






Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen


I’ve actually attempted to read this in various formats over the years, but have never succeeded. The language it’s written in and hype of those who truly love this novel intimidates me, but I still want to give it another try. I think I may read it using the Serial Reader App I’m using to read A Tale of Two cities at the moment. Perhaps if I read it in small segments I might enjoy it.



A Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain


The size of this book – 672 pages- intimates me, even though I know would find the subject matter really interesting. Also I would have to be in the right mood to pick it up and a dismal January afternoon is definitely not the right time for me.





So these are my 5 books, but which 5 books intimate you and why?

26 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Intimidating Books

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  1. Never Let Me Go has been staring at me for MONTHS and I haven’t picked it up yet… it just is so beloved and I’m afraid to be disappointed by it! Siiiigh

  2. Great list! Never Let Me Go is one that I’ve considered for the longest time but haven’t picked up for some reason! I hope I can get to it soon!
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂

  3. I am one of those that loves Pride and Prejudice, but I read it when I was ready rather than adding the pressure of “I really should read this”.
    Harold Fry and Never Let Me Go are books that I found to be brilliant reads. There are a lot of books I think I maybe should read, but as I mentioned earlier, bit I only when I was ready to read them. I wanted something completely different to the more mainstream quicker reads.

  4. Honestly I would be intimidated too 🙂 I haven’t read many classics to be honest. I fear I’ll find them …boring!

  5. I really empathize with your feeling of intimidation when faced with a big book but Testament of Youth is a wonderful book. I’m a real admirer of Vera Brittain and have read quite a few of her novels as well. However, to make it less intimidating, TOY is definitely a book that can be read in chunks, over a period of time.

  6. I’m pretty intimidated by any Austen book as well, mostly because I have that feeling they won’t be for me… And I guess I was one of the few who didn’t like Never Let Me Go. Two series that have been intimidating me for a long time are Red Rising and Outlander; the first I’m actually sure I will enjoy, but the second is mostly me being worried about the romance angle…

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