Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books



Here are the books that have me stymied:

Why? 
Challenging word choice and sentence structure.



Why?
Long. Very long.




Why?
Difficult subject matter.



 Why?
I don't know,
but I'm determined to read these this summer.






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21 comments:

  1. OMG yes to Infinite Jest! I'd never really heard of it but then looked at it in the bookstore the other day and it's SO BIG.

    I started Beloved once and it started to scare the crap out of me, lol. Never finished it.

    And if I hadn't just finished it, East of Eden would've been on my list too! I'm SO relieved that I actually liked it.

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  2. Infinite Jest! DEFINITELY intimidating!

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  3. East of Eden I read in High school lol but I am also scared of all those books too. No desire to read moby dick

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  4. Ulysses! The most intimidating book that ever existed! It's been for ages on my shelf gathering dust... I don't think I will ever read it.

    War and peace is great. I enjoyed a lot more Anna Karenina, though.

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  5. I've been thinking of Cloud Atlas, too, so maybe I'll join you for a summer reading, lol.

    And East of Eden by Steinbeck is awesome. Sweeping and emotional and everything you'd expect, so go ahead and enjoy that one! :-)

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  6. Ooh, I forgot about Proust! I have a number of his books on my eReader but alas, I'm rather scared to read it, lol.

    War and Peace was wonderful, I read it before Anna Karenina; I love the latter more but the scope of W&P was amazing.

    My TTT

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  7. I started making a list and the only thing I could think of was the combination of Ulysses and Ulysses Annotated, because together they are very, very long and constantly going between them would really spoil the reading experience. Then I discovered the annotated Ulysses online, which makes the annotations so much less intrusive and I had no books left that I wanted to read but was intimidate by.

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  8. I loved East Of Eden and Beloved..

    Books can only intimidate us if we let those!! I simply cannot stand certain genres.

    Come, check my Top Ten post!

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  9. I hosted a read along for Moby Dick once and I am glad I did as I needed moral support to get through it. But if you go into it knowing that there is a lot of science to whale catching, you will enjoy it more.

    East of Eden is one of my fave reads ever.

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  10. War and Peace is a popular today. I am not a big fan of the Russians either :)

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  11. Infinite Jest is big and intimidating, but it's not as difficult as people make it out to be. Cloud Atlas is simply awesome. I'm with you on the Joyce selections and I would have added everything by Thomas Pynchon. I have three of his books on my shelf and I pretend they aren't there.

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  12. Thanks for all the thumbs up on Cloud Atlas and East of Eden. I have both e-books and real books of both. Determined!

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  13. I just had someone recommend Cloud Atlas to me. They said it was tricky, but worth it. You'll have to let us know your thoughts once you read it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Denise @ Life With No Plot

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  14. I'm trying to read Cloud Atlas very, very slowly (which is very, very hard for me.) It's rich, like a German chocolate cake.

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  15. I was told by my librarian to read Finnegan's Wake while drinking heavily because then I wouldn't care when things didn't make sense . . I gave up before finishing 10 pages, haha.

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  16. Oh man. I hear ya! War and Peace has been staring at me from my TBR shelf for months and I can't seem to . . . pick . . . it . . . up. East of Eden is a fantastic book, though, really readable and thought-ptovoking.

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  17. I can say that War and Peace is definitely worth the time and effort. And Moby Dick, well, has its moments, but the chapter on the whiteness of the whale defeated me--twice.

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