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This meme is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten most intimidating books that we all dread to read for one reason or another. Here is my list of titles:
- Ulysses by James Joyce – I will feel like a complete failure/idiot if I cannot get through this book in one sitting. Especially since it is THE most important book in modern literature. EVER. *shudders*
- The Waves by Virginia Woolf – Sometimes Woolf can be completely incomprehensible to me. Her writing is like a strange melody with a hidden beat. I have to hunt for the damn thing in all the dense foliage of her prose. ‘The Waves’ completely baffled me and I wound up running to the nearest exit to this weird labyrinth of fiction.
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – The sheer size of it puts me off. It lives on the shelf next to Milton’s Paradise Lost.
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – I really don’t know why people call this a great novel. Never really saw it myself. Intimidating when you can’t see what millions of others can.
- Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon – He is so awesome. ‘The Crying of Lot 49‘ changed my taste in books drastically. It was also one of the hardest damn books I’d ever read. What if I don’t get this one?
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – The books scares me (sheer size), Ayn Rand scares me (have you seen her?) OMIGOD.
- 2666 by Roberto Bolano – I have a love/hate relationship with Bolano. I keep expecting the same kind of pleasure I get when I read Borges but get confused when I don’t. Confused and angry. Not quite the same as intimidated, but…
- The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie – So much controversy around this novel. What if I end up hating it? Will it cost me a well-respected author?
- House of Leaves by M.Z. Danielewski – I read this once before. I don’t think I’ll read it again anytime soon. I have never been so scared of words and the things they can unravel both within and without. Danielewski is king. I grovel at his feet.
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – A mammoth seven book series that I have only briefly dipped into. I don’t know if I can last the distance…
That’s my list of intimidating books guys. How about yours? Are there any above that scare the bejesus out of you? Would you add to the list?
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Ha ha, I listed “Don Quixote,” too! I can’t believe I didn’t mention any Virginia Woolf or James Joyce! This is a great and daunting list, alright. Please check out my own list – Top Ten Books that Intimidate Jorie | Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf
I’m also daunted by Ulysses! When I saw the TTT topic for this week that was the first book that sprang to mind.
Kristen H. (@bookgoil) said:
I enjoyed the Catcher in the Rye, but it was a book I read on my own and did not have to pick apart during my high school years, so that was a bonus. I wouldn’t peg it as a favorite, but I understand what you mean. It’s not like AMAZING. It’s an interesting and short read.
My Top Ten
Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, and Don Quixote are all on my list, too! So intimidating. I read Ulysses twice (for class) and didn’t much like it. *whispers* I think it’s overrated. And so is Catcher in the Rye.
Don Quixote and Ulysses were on my list too. This was an interesting Tuesday seeing what freaks people out. 🙂
Siddiqui Fayesal said:
You don’t have Crime and Punishment???
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the bad-ass of all writers that make ones head to swirl.
I’m gonna go get my reading list out and add these ASAP.
I’m studying Ulysses in a grad seminar now, and am going through alternate shivers at his extreme genius and extreme urges to shake and or slap him. To add to the fun I joined a Finnegan’s Wake reading group, which is how Ulysses became number two on my list and Finnegan’s Wake took the top spot. That book is just… Jesus.