Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.
This week is my top five books you’re intimidated by. Check out my picks below and let me know what you think in the comments!
I love the television show, and I’ve actually read the first book. Yet I still can’t help but be intimidated by this series simply because of the length—eight books that are each around 800 plus pages. Basically, Claire Randall—a combat nurse during WWII—and her husband head to Scotland for a second honeymoon, an attempt to reconnect after the war. Claire is hurled back in time by forces she does not understand, landing in 1743 Scotland. She must navigate the highland life, lairds, and spies in order to stay alive and get back to her time—all with the help of gallant Scotsman James Fraser. Who I might add is absolutely swoon worthy.
I have this on my Kindle, and I’ve wanted to read it for a while. I just have this thing for classic love stories. But I am intimidated it, for multiple reasons. First, it’s old—originally published in 1877. Don’t get me wrong, I have read and enjoyed older works, but sometimes it can be hard to get used to and understand the wording and style. This leads into my second reason; it’s translated—originally written in Russian. Occasionally, it can be harder to understand translated works because not everything translates smoothly. And last, it’s huge at 964 pages. The renowned novel is about the unhappily married Anna Karenina and her tragic and passionate affair with Count Vronsky.
I’ve been reading this series for like three years now, literally. Okay, yes I’ve read a lot in those three years besides the A Song of Ice and Fire Series—also affectionately known as Game of Thrones—but still. Currently I’m about halfway through the fourth book, A Feast For Crows. It’s just a little intimidating for me since these books are like pretty high fantasy and they’re huge—the one I’m currently reading is over a thousand pages. Besides that, for a while it was hard to motivate myself to read the books since I knew what happened from the show—but now things are getting pretty different! The goal is to catch up on the series this summer.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This book isn’t big, that’s not why I’m intimidated. I’m intimidated because of the content, because everything I’ve heard and seen about it indicates that this book will break my heart—completely shatter it. I just don’t know if I’m ready. Lou Clark is in need of a job when she stumbles upon a caregiver position for Will Trainer. Will was in a motorcycle accident that crippled him and took away his desire to live. The two impact each other’s lives deeply. There’s actually an adaptation coming out with Emilia Clark from Game of Thrones and Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games. The trailer is so good, but if you plan on reading the book maybe wait off—I feel like I kind of already know what might happen.
So many people really love this book and this series, like really really love. The book community is obsessed. And well, I’m intimidated because I’m afraid I won’t like it. Cinder is a cyborg—human with robot parts—living in New Beijing as a second-class citizen. From space the lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. It’s a retelling of Cinderella in the sense that she has an evil stepmother and meets the handsome Prince Kai. I’m just really iffy on the android and cyborg aspect of the book—not really my thing.