This week's theme is my Top Ten most Intimidating Books.
With one notable exception this list is of books I know I should read, but for whatever reason I haven't been able to bring myself to read them. I have been told by various people, ready numerous reviews and am aware that all of these are brilliant stories.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell. This is the one I have read, and was not the difficult or overly intellectual read I thought it would be. Well worth it!
- 1984 by George Orwell. I haven't read this for the same reason that I put off Animal Farm. When I said I had enjoyed Animal Farm and intended to read 1984 soon, everyone said it's a very different book, much more intense. I was immediately put off again.
- Russian Dystopian novels like We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. The first few pages seem engaging and interesting, and I can't tell you why I haven't read more.
- War and Peace, Crime and Punishment etc... more incredibly long Russian books whose characters names you can't keep track of.
- Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Recommended by a friend, looks right up my street, but it's 900 pages long!
- The Count of Monte Cristo - I tried with this one, but the typeface was tiny, paper so thin you can see through it, and still it's hundreds of pages long.
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Sensing a theme yet?
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Started this years ago, but dystopian novels don't really appeal, so I've never finished it.
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. There's just something about war stories that puts me off.
- Misery by Stephen King. I can't watch the film for long, I can't bear it when James Caan is being tortured. I was given this for World Book Night 2012, and I tried, but didn't get far before I chickened out. One day I'll be gutsy enough to try again, but not just yet.