Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books!

Jen's Top Ten Most Intimidating Books:

1. Anna Karenina - Tolstoy: I bought this book three month's ago with every intention of reading it after finishing my (then) current book...then I thought I'll read one more book and then start it...and then well I'll just read one more book and then start Anna Karenina. It's still sitting on my bookshelf.

2. Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace: I've heard such great things about this book! I went to Borders to buy this book (with a coupon!) but the size scared me (1,000+ pages) and I ended up putting the book back on the shelf. I kind of regret not buying it...but I'm sure another Borders coupon will come my way!

3. The Count Of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas: It's HUGE!

4. Moloka'i - Alan Brennert: I've heard such great things about this book I'm afraid I'll end up hating the book.

5. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov: I'm afraid of being grossed out by it

6. Shogun - James Clavell: It's a brick!

7. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins: So far I've loved this trilogy. I'm afraid I might be disappointed with how Collins ends it.

8. Hamlet - Shakespeare: I've never read any Shakespeare outside of school. What I read in school was pretty much watered down for us (abridged versions with notes in the margins). I think I'd pick Hamlet to read first because I've heard the Lion King was loosely based on it and the Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies.

9. One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Earlier this year I attempted this book. I didn't make it very far, I kept getting all of the names mixed up!

10. A Farewell To Arms - Hemmingway: Hemmingway just intimidates me and I don't know why!

*I've learned that big books scare me!


Jamie said...

It is definitely big books that scare me too! I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude! Honestly, it gets better. Write down all the names if you have to. It's worth it!

Anonymous said...

My word of advice- don't read the Shakespeare, watch it them. They're way better, more exciting, and richer that way. It's how he wanted them experienced. Also, take the Lolita plunge! It's not explicit, and that's not really the point anyway.

Jen said...

I'm determined to read Anna Karenina this summer. Maybe I'll finally start it this weekend (hopefully!).

Jamie- I think I'll give One Hundred Years of Solitude another chance in a few months. My copy has a family tree before the first chapter so maybe I'll have to copy that (it was also annoying flipping back and forth when I couldn't remember who someone was).

Jane- I keep picking Lolita up and the putting it back on the shelf but I hope I can get to it soon! I went to a play of A Midsummer Nights Dream a few years ago and I loved it!

IngridLola said...

1 and 5 are definitely among my favorite books of all time. I've also read 10 ... not so much. But don't be intimidated by Hemingway, you might like it. Great list!