It’s T5W, and today, I’m listing five books that I’m intimidated by.
Granted, not a lot of romance novels intimidate me. Well, unless they’re the classics, historical or just never-ending book series.
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This one is just huge. I know it’s a great book, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and go through the whole thing. For a person who graduated with a degree in Literature, I’m ashamed to admit I had to do the cliff notes on this biggie. One day though…
2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
Another classic, but I actually did get to read this in college. Granted, I skimmed through it (a trimester system doesn’t really leave much room for leisurely reading), but I remember liking the story (after I actually understood what it was all about). I would love to read it again, but I would really need to set aside time to really devour this piece of Literature.
3. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
I would love to sink my teeth into this series because I’ve heard so many good things about it. However, the length really intimidates me. Each book already averages 700-800 pages, and there’s eight of them so far (not counting the prequels).
4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
This is more of a hype issue for me. I downloaded this series onto my Kindle because so many people are raving about it. I started reading the first book a couple of years back, got distracted, and moved on. Totally my fault though, and this is why I try to avoid reading reviews, because now that the series has been out for a while, I’m getting a 50-50 vibe. It apparently is a case where you either love it or you hate it, and I’m scared that I’ll fall under the latter. Will push myself to read this though… Someday.
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Like Madame Bovary, I skimmed through this in college. Skimming through this book feels like walking through a haze — you know you’re moving, but nothing much registers with you. I read it because it was required, and although I initially liked the story, I didn’t get to really take my time and enjoy it. I would love to do that, but the language intimidates me, as with most classics. Definitely not for light reading.