This prompt comes via The Broke and the Bookish!
I’ve chosen these books based on a combination of length and content. The most intimidating of all books, in my opinion, are those that are both long and difficult to comprehend. I plan to attempt these in the future!
10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Having read The Fountainhead and enjoyed it, I’m not terribly afraid of this one, but the length is nonetheless intimidating.
9. Crime and Punishment by Leo Tolstoy. I love Anna Karenina, so I have high hopes for the rest of Tolstoy’s big clunkers, despite their length.
8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I just watched the film version of this, so I am slightly less terrified of the book than I was previously.
7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Despite knowing and loving the story, I have a (possibly irrational) fear that I just won’t be able to get through the book.
6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. The only thing I know about this book is that it doesn’t offer your everyday prose, style, or layout.
5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. A frightening challenge, but one I hope to take on soon.
4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It’s just something in which I’ve never really been interested. Plus, it’s long. Really long.
3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The most I have read of this was an excerpt during my sophomore year of high school, and it greatly bored me, despite Matilda’s insistence that it is lovely.
2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Long, and probably over my head.
1. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I’m quite certain I wouldn’t have any idea what was going on in this book.
And there you have it. What books do you find most intimidating to read? Which ones have you already conquered?