The Top Books That Intimidate Me

Darlene McCullough

I have so many books that are still on my TBR because I’m too scared to read them haha. Anyone else?! Like just looking at them scares the hell out of me and makes me want to hide them so they’ll stop staring at me! It will be a massive relief to finish at least 3 of these in 2019 so that way I can add more intimidating books to the never-ending pile!


ya picks

Strange the Dreamer | The City of Brass | The Knife of Never Letting Go | Carry On

No surprise that 3 out of the 4 are fantasy, eh? Fantasy absolutely terrifies me, especially high fantasy, because it takes me so long to understand the world. Whenever I read, I like to be able to escape reality and find myself in another world for a while. You would think that would be in a fantastical world, but it usually feels like so much work to read that it doesn’t make it very fun. This obviously doesn’t stop me from adding more and more fantasy books to my TBR. I really want to try to get over my “fear,” for lack of better word, and get make myself read some high fantasy. I know I will enjoy it. I just need to actually sit down and do it.


ya picks (1)

The Lies of Locke Lamora | A Discovery of Witches | The Secret History | A Darker Shade of Magic

Adult fantasy is even worse. The ones I have on my TBR are nowhere near the crazy insane high fantasy books that are out there, but still intimidating enough! The Secret History is the complete opposite of fantasy but adult literature freaks me out because I’ll feel so dumb if I don’t understand half of it haha. Basically, I need to realize I am smarter than I realize and I can read these damn books!!


Do you have any books that scare the crap out of you?? Hopefully I’ll remember this post exists at the beginning of next year so I can do a follow-up! Fingers crossed at least 1 of these books have been read by then!

13 thoughts on “The Top Books That Intimidate Me

  1. I can say that Carry On is set in contemporary times, like Harry Potter (since it’s a satire of it). It’ll be superrrr easy for you to follow. And A Discovery of Witches is pretty easy to follow too, since it’s set in modern times England and France. I think you’re really selling yourself short, Britt!

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  2. OKAY, so four of the books you’ve mentioned are books that are my all-time favorites. 😂 The Knife of Never Letting Go is really fat, yes, but it’s a very quick read. Patrick Ness’s writing style makes his world very accessible. So many pages just have a couple words on them, or the paragraphs are one-line long, so the book flies by very quickly. I’d also say the series gets better with each book!

    A Darker Shade of Magic has great cross-over appeal, so if you like YA fantasy, I think you’d like ADSOM too. It has dense world-building but Schwab creates characters you love so much that it becomes easier to follow. The City of Brass is actually categorized as adult, but like ADSOM, I think it’s great for YA readers for the same reason – though it is very politically dense, much more so than ADSOM.

    The Secret History is my favorite book but yes, it’s very daunting. Donna Tartt is an intimidating writer with intimidating thoughts, haha. 😭


  3. I’m scared to read Priory of the Orange Tree because it’s huge, but also because I attempted her other book and didn’t care for the writing so I’m worried this one is going to be the same. Or that it’ll be too slow for me. As for a book I own I’m nervous to read Strange the Dreamer because I’m worried I won’t like it and The Tiger’s Daughter because again I’m scared it’s going to be too slow for me!!


    1. Larkin read The Tigers Daughter and loved it! I wasn’t sure about it but I trust her judgment so I’ve added it to my TBR! I really want to get to Strange the Dreamer. I’ve even preordered it and still never got to it 😂😂


  4. Strange the Dreamer is still on my TBR because I’m scared of it too, even though I really loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series. I’ve also been too scared to read Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars. Cassandra Clare’s books always sit on my shelf for a long time before I read them too. I always love her books, and once I start reading them I can’t stop, but they’re so intimidating.

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  5. AAAAAH I screamed out loud at your first four 😂I haven’t read The City of Brass but the other three are three of my favourite books! Strange The Dreamer was easily the best book I read last year – but have Muse of Nightmares close at hand so you can pick it up immediately. Do the same with the Chaos Walking series; I don’t know how anyone survived waiting for the next books in the series to be published! Carry On is fantastic, although if you aren’t a big Rainbow fan you might not enjoy it as much as I did.

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    1. I’m not the biggest Rainbow fan which is why I’ve put off reading the chunker for so long 😂 I am hoping to read The Knife of Never Letting Go in the next couple of months because I’m doing a buddy read with a friend!! Strange the Dreamer needs to happen. I really have no excuses for that one. 😂😂

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