- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace: Have you seen the size of this book? It's 1000+ pages with extensive footnotes and heavy enough to be used as a deadly blunt object!
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville: It's lengthy and about whaling, which does not interest me in the least. Not sure I possess the endurance to get through this one.
- Brothers Karamazov by Dostoeyevsky: I have struggled trying to read novels by the great Russian authors and this one is pretty massive in length.
- Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon: Everything about this guy's crazy high-brow style of writing is intimidating and makes me feel like an idiot.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot: Again, size is a deciding factor and I have had nothing but painful experiences when it comes to reading Victorian novels.
- Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner: It's kind of a sequel to The Sound and the Fury... *gulp*
- Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: From a quick perusal, I just get the feeling that his style of writing will make this one a challenging read.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: I gave up on this novel several times but it is a required reading for one of my classes next semester, ugh. So not looking forward to it.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A lot of hype for this one and I fear it will be very disappointing.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Again, it's one of those beloved Russian classics that is massive and one that I fear may not meet my high expectations.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly event! Considering my obsession with lists, I could not pass up the opportunity to participate in this one which asks to list your top 10 most intimidating books. When it comes to literature, I am a big fan of brevity so most of my entries intimidate me because of their size: