Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’re Intimidated By

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!

1. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon outlander

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.

2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

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.

3. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin song of ice and fire

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.

cinder5. Cinder (really The Lunar Chronicles as a series) by Marissa Meyer

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.



8 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’re Intimidated By

  1. Rayna @ Reader Rayna says:

    I totally feel you on the Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t continued because the first book was okay, but I’ve heard it gets better with each book. And Me Before You is so buzzing right now and I don’t know if I want my heart to be shattered at the moment.


  2. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    I totally feel you on so many of these! I don’t have plans to read Outlander, but I’m still so terrified of those books 😂 I really want to read The Lunar Chronicles, but how loved it is makes me nervous. I totally put ASoFaI on my list too. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to pick those books up. I’m also not sure if I’ll get to Me Before You because I’m not a fan of the genre.


  3. Kat Impossible says:

    I totally hear you on Outlander and Anna Karenina – those are scary intimidating books. I think I also get your hesitation towards Me Before You. I am scared that book is going to shatter all my feels, but I am still going to try and read it next month, because my fear of not getting to it before the movie is bigger than the ones for my feelings hahaha


    • lparadis17 says:

      Yeah I’m at least going to try to read the first one this summer. Probably will be a library lend instead of a buy it type of book. We’ll see.


  4. Cate says:

    I marathoned the Outlander series until The Fiery Cross. I was so immersed in it until the story slowed down and it became less about Claire and Jamie.


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