TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books You’re Intimidated By

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s all about books I’m intimidated by, so without further ado here they are.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This book intimidates me because of its size – it’s a seriously fat book – and because it’s loved so much and I’m worried I won’t like it as much as I’m supposed to. The only Neil Gaiman-ish book I’ve read was Good Omens and I do want to try more Gaiman but there’s just so much hype around American Gods!

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
This book intimidates me not only because it’s a classic but because it is flipping huge! I honestly think it’s the biggest book on my shelf and I have no idea how or when I’ll read it.

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
So this book intimidates me for a different reason. I absolutely love the Bourne films and I have always been interested in the books but I’m worried I won’t like the book as much as the film or I will just see the film-stuff in my head when I’m reading the book.

The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
I’ve got this series in a big, hardback bind up collection which looks beautiful but also intimidates me a lot. It’s been on my shelves for years because I just don’t really know how to read it.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
A lot of my friends love this book so know there’s all this pressure for me to love it as well. It’s a graphic novel so theoretically it wouldn’t be as hard to read but I’m still intimidated by the love it gets.

Those are five books that intimidate me, what books intimidate you?


  1. American Gods is one of my favorites – it is huge but don’t let that stop you.

    Also, Bourne books are completely different than the movies (I was kind of disappointed to see how different the movie was – the movies are good by themselves but they are not faithful adaptations at all).

    1. I’m really going to try and read American Gods by the end of the year.
      Yeah that’s the problem with book-to-film adaptations, maybe I should think of them as two separate things that happen to have the same names sometimes.

  2. American Gods just didn’t do it for me. It’s a DNF-er. I intend to try to pick it up again at some point, but it’s just one of those books that I couldn’t lose myself in like seems to be required. Interesting, but never THAT interesting.

  3. I have yet to read ANYTHING by Gaiman so he definitely fits the ‘intimidating’ bill for me! Same goes for the Jason Bourne books – I love the movies but I’m scared of the books LOL!

    1. Yeah Gaiman as an author intimidates me too since he’s so popular. Glad I’m not alone with the Bourne books! I’m 99% sure I’ll love them but I love the films so much so…

  4. I have that same copy of all The Dark is Rising books in one and it’s a hand cramper. I don’t like to open my books up flat, but with that one I just can’t read it any other way. Good luck with your books, you have some great ones on this list.

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