Let’s talk about intimidating books! I feel like I’ve done a post like this recently (maybe it was a T5W topic?) But I just thought that it would be fun to do again! Mostly because I’ve been doing pretty well with reading my backlist books so I’m going to end up getting to these sooner rather than later. I also want to say that the size of the books doesn’t intimate me, I know that most of these are longer books but that’s actually not why they’re on the list. It’s why I haven’t fit them into my reading schedule lately but not why they scare me. I think I just need the next round of Tome Topple to get here so I can knock a few out! Anyways! Intimidating books! Let’s do this.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
So this one might be number one on the list, and that’s because it scares me for a whole variety of reasons! And this is the only one where the length of it does factor into it, because it is a dense book. Which is usually fine! But this time I’m just like…omg why. This book is super well reviewed by most people I’ve seen, which is always scary, and it’s also in a genre that I don’t tend to read, which add that to the fact that it’s massive makes it scary, and then I also don’t really know what it’s about. Because the synopsis confused me. And I’m worried that it’s not just being vague on purpose but that the writing is like that and I’ll get lost and then still have like 10000000 pages to get through. Basically the thought of this book turns my brain to mush but for some reason I still really want to read it and I don’t know how to deal with that.
King’s Cage & War Storm (Red Queen #3 & #4) by Victoria Aveyard
So I read Red Queen when it came out and even though I’m not into dystopian books it was one of my favourite reads of the year and it made me feel all the emotions. And then I read Glass Sword when it came out and holy geez did that book wreck me. It took me so long to finish it because I couldn’t make myself pick it up because it hurt too much and then the ending happened and I’m still not okay even though it’s been like 3 years. And then I was too broke to get King’s Cage when it came out and now I own War Storm but I’m putting off buying King’s Cage because then I’ll have no excuse to not finish the series but honestly I’m going to have to reread the first two and then read the last two and my goodness if they hurt that much the first time it’s just going to be so much worse this time and I don’t know how I can put myself through that. I think I want to. Maybe. But how?
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearing #1) by Erika Johansen
This isn’t even a very big book so I could fit it into my tbr anytime I wanted but I’m scared. (Hi Dee this is literally the entire point of the post maybe DO BETTER) It’s the first book in an adult fantasy series and I just feel like that’s a big commitment, and also I’ve heard some people raving about it and some people that hated it so I don’t know how I’ll feel about it and I don’t know if I want to find out just yet. Also since I’m trying to actually finish series right now the thought of starting a new one when I can’t easily get the next books if I do like it seems like a questionable choice.
The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
So this is one that I’m pretty confident that I’ll like, I love Jennifer Donnelly and I love all the historical fiction that I’ve read by them so I don’t see why this should be any different. But it might be and that’s what’s scary! See? This is my issue. The thing that makes me nervous is the fact that it’s adult historical fiction and not YA and although the level of seriousness isn’t any different, adult historical stories can be really dry sometimes and I don’t know why. I also just don’t really know what the story is about because I keep forgetting every time I check so that’s not a great sign. But I did borrow this one from my mom like 2 and a half years ago so I should probably just suck it up and give it a shot. Maybe in September.
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
You all saw this one coming right? I talk about how scared I am to read it often enough that it shouldn’t be a shock. I know it’s gonna hurt and I don’t want to deal with the pain just yet so hey we’re putting it off! Go me!