Some books are just downright intimidating. Be it size, subject matter, or something else entirely, some books are infamous for their intimidation factor while others hold their intimidation obscurely. Size alone isn't the thing that turns my stomach cold--I've read War and Peace and loved it (read Anna Karenina in high school and loved it)--but it's definitely a factor. 1000+ pages is quite a commitment...if you are one of those persons who doesn't quit a book easily. Of which I am one.
I'm generally intimidated by books that threaten to replace valuable, thought-provoking book reading time with dreadful amounts of long boring boringness. Let's see if I can come up with a list [in no particular order] of 10 books that intimidate me for The Broke and The Brookish and their Top Ten Tuesday.
1. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. 1000+ pages? Check. Subject matter? Not so straightforward. People I know who have recommended it to me? None.
2. Finnegan's Wake, James Joyce. I want to read James Joyce at some point, but I'm not so excited about the trudging and dissecting and re-reading and analyzing that I fear comes hand in hand with this one...or with Ulysses...hmmm
3. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. Somewhat disturbing subject matter, right? And honestly...I'm a little worried I'll like it and feel like I shouldn't.
4. Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes. Again with the 1000+ pages, but this time let's add in the fact that it was written more than a couple hundred years ago--with a twist of translation on top.
5. Paradise Lost, John Milton. Great epic poems in their original originality make my ears hear static. I wish it weren't so, because this is on my shelf TBR.
And then let's add anything by:
6. Johann Wolfgang van Goethe...just an unknown to me--who is he? where do I start?
7. Marcel Proust. Right. ditto #6
8. Dante Alighieri. See #5
9. anything paranormal teen thriller romance-ish
10. anything super sci-fi with characters having weird unpronounceable names
Whew. Do those even count? It was a fun exercise, I'll say. It's made me realize that the thing that intimidates me the most is the fear that a book will be a waste of time, or will otherwise be a drudgery or downright painful. It'll be interesting to see if that changes in a decade or so when I'm able to reclaim some of my daily allotted time which has currently been requisitioned by my kiddos. Have you read any of these? Any advice?