Please do let me know if there are any books that intimidate YOU especially! I'd love to know that I'm not alone in this!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I've actually started reading this book twice and given up before I'd gotten too far into it. The reasons that I haven't yet read further is threefold.
The first, is how I feel about the notices from Death. They break the narrative up in a way that removes me from the story. The second is the size of the book. I'm not very good at concentrating on reading one book for such a long time. My mind wanders. And the third reason is that everyone raves about this book. There's such an overwhelming sense of disappointment that I feel when I don't enjoy a book when so many other people have. I don't like when it happens.
I do still want to read this book though, if only to find out what everyone's on about...
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I love Libba Bray. And I've recently found that I've loved reading historical YA. So this book should be perfect for me and yet there's still something holding me back from reading it. What is it? Is it the size of the book? It does seem like a bit of a doorstep, this book.
I wish I could just click my fingers and get over this irrational phobia of chunky books. I LIKE reading long books, especially if the story and the characters are great and I really do believe I'd love The Diviners. I just need to get over my own issues already!
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Is this book considered YA? I'm not sure. I bought myself a copy years ago when The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was first published and everyone was all up in arms saying THG was a rip-off of this book. I don't know if it is or not, I haven't yet read it.
I'm intimidated by the size of it mostly but also the large cast of characters. I don't particularly love starting a book in which I believe from the outset that it might be confusing. Then there's also the fact that I'm assuming the majority of these characters (school children!) will end up dead. It takes a certain kind of mindset to read such a book. I'm not sure if I'm emotionally ready. Maybe someday.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
It was only as I was writing my Waiting on Wednesday post for Lucy Christopher's new book, The Killing Woods, that I realised that I'd had Stolen on my shelves for many a year unread. And the reason that it's unread is that I'm intimidated by the subject matter.
I fear it'll be a really haunting and emotional book, one that might change me by the end of the book. And that sort of scares me. I don't know how ready I am for that sort of experience. If it's like that, I mean.
I'd like to find out though. Possibly before I read Lucy Christopher's new book...
Are there any books that you haven't yet read because you're intimidated by them?