Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Intimidating Books On My TBR | Blogmas Day 18

Hey friends,

Sorry for disappearing this last week! I was actually called out to help my Aunt in LA, so I spent Tuesday and Wednesday packing and getting everything in MN finished and left on Thursday! I did the drive in two and a half days and basically slept the past couple days.

Needless to say, I’m a wee bit exhausted, but also thrilled to be getting back into my daily posts!


TTT-BLC.pngFor those of you not familiar with Top Ten Tuesday, it was a meme created by the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Ready Girlย in 2018. Be sure to check out Janaโ€™s blog for prompts for the rest of the year!

This week for Top Ten Tuesday the topic was books on my winter TBR, but I’ve actually done a post about that! So if you want to check that out, you can here.

Instead, I’m going to do the list I meant to last week, which was Top 10 Most Intimidating Books On My TBR!

These are books I’m nervous to read for several reasons, some are large (like massive), some are part of big series with die hard fans, and some…well you’ll just have to see.

As always, the list is in no particular order.

The list:


Okay, the low hanging fruit. These three are all on here for the same reason: they are wildly popular books that are part of massive series with die-hard fanbases.

10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

8. Shadow and Bone (also the Six of Crows duology) by Leigh Bardugo



7. The Priory of the Orange Treeย byย Samantha Shannon — This book comes out in February and honestly, I’m not 100% sure if I actually want to read this one or now. That being said, this book is a behemoth and is intimidating as hell.

6. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks — Okay, this is one I actually do want to read. I don’t read much adult fantasy, but the concept for this one sounds incredibly interesting. That being said, this is a 5 book series with a complicated magic system and all of the books are long af. I do want to read this series soon, but I’m not sure when.

5. The Female of the Species by Mind McGinnis — Okay, this is probably the only “short” book on this list that isn’t part of a series, but something about this book has me hella nervous to pick it up. I know this is a dark book that covers dark topics, but some of those topics have me hesitant to actually pick it up.

4. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill — Okay, so I’m on the hunt for a book that will actually scare me, but I’m a little afraid this one may actually deliver. I saw Natasha from myreadingisoddย talk about this one and it sounds like it’ll be really good. But it also sounds like it’ll be terrifying.



3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke — This book is massive. 1200 pages of adult urban fantasy massive. My sister has been trying to get me to read this book for a couple years now and honestly the size has me a bit intimidated. I’m hoping to read this one in 2019, but we’ll see.

2.ย  House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski — I was supposed to read this one as part of a buddy read this year, but I didn’t get to it. Part of that was school, but most of that was because this book scares the shit out of me. I know it’s about a haunted house and it’s in a nontraditional format, and that already has me intimidated. But on top of that, I hear this is legitimately terrifying.

1. S. by J. J. Abrams & Doug Dorst (aka Ship of Theseus by V. M. Straka) — This book is three stories in one. I’m not even exaggerating. The fake book Ship of Theseus was written and then annotations and inserts were added because two fictional people had a conversation in the margins. With me so far? This book is such an experience, there are forums and websites dedicated to the best way to experience this story. It’s one that’ll probably take me like a month to get through, but one I’m excited (yet nervous) to read.

What are some intimidating books on your TBR?

Be sure to let me know below!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Most Intimidating Books On My TBR | Blogmas Day 18

  1. I totally feel you on the series! I do hope you end up reading them [and hopefully loving them though]. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shadow and Bone is on my TBR as well; I did read the Six of Crows-duology already so I think I’m going to like the trilogy as well? It’ll depend. Maybe the writing will be.. ugh.. compared to the duology? Who knows. One way to find out, haha.

    I think the most intimidating ones on my TBR are actually the classics? I bought a bunch when I had a gift card and there was nothing else to my liking. I want to find some classics I like but so far that hasn’t happened and I’m scared of picking up another one.
    Apart from that. Game of Thrones. Need I say more. ๐Ÿ˜› They’re HUGE.

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    1. Ah, classics are SO terrifying! I’m always afraid I’m supposed to like them or that they’re just going to be boring, but there’s this pressure to read them.

      I’m debating if I want to read Six of Crows or the Grisha Trilogy first, but I think I’m going to start with the trilogy (something about reading them in publication order sounds right lol).

      And thank you!! I’m excited to finally get to them!


  2. Some great books here. Hope you have chance to enjoy them all when you’ve caught up on sleep! I really love Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but admit it’s huge – the book’s as big as a brick. If you’re not sure whether to read it there’s a good BBC TV adaptation.

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