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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Although most people’s most intimidating books are probably classics, I have strange aversions to books that have been out for a long time or the second book in a series (for obvious reasons).

Who’s afraid of the big bad book??

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Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

the wise man's fear

1Across the Universe by Beth Revis– I’m strangely intimated by super popular book series that are over. I feel so lame showing up to the party late, so to speak.

2The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss– I read the first book literally YEARS ago. I’m intimidated to read this book because I feel like I’d have to reread the first one all over again (it’s soooo long).

3The Legend by Marie Lu– This is kind of the same situation as #1.

4Allegiance by Cayla Kluver– Although I enjoyed Legacy and want to know what happens in the sequel, I’m intimidated by my fear of being disappointed (the first book had some problems).

5Reached by Ally Condie– So, I just dropped off in the middle of the second book and just haven’t picked up this series since. Sad day.

6The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman– I’ve heard such mixed reviews of this book, I just don’t know what to think. I WILL read it one day, though.

7Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes– Sometimes epic fantasy’s totally scare me! I mean, they’re such an investment of time. I’m looking at you, George R.R. Martin.

8Cinder by Marissa Meyer– Ok, so I read and loved this book, but at first I was totally put off by the cover and strange premise. Cinderalla as a cyborg! WEIRD ALERT! But, I eat my words and didn’t mind cuz the book was amazing.

9Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card— Reading books before movies intimidates me because of THE PRESSURE. Hurry, go, go now!

10The Giver by Lois Lowry— I’ve read so many dystopia books that I wonder if I’d like the grandfather of them all. Have I been ruined for the original?

Which books did you read and overcome the intimidation?

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Linda P

    I recently read The Giver after reading a lot of other dystopian books. I could see how other authors drew inspiration from The Giver but it’s a great book. You’ll see parallels but I think you won’t lose the original story.

  • Melissa

    Oh I have Patrick’s book waiting for me here. The second. I remember the first very fondly. And look forward to when I have open time to get to this one. 🙂 I think what intimidates me are series that are already long out when I find them. I feel like I can never get caught up.

  • Jen

    I have the same issue with Legend. Ender’s Game also made my Top Ten!

  • Morgan

    Legend is amazing!! Reached was long but I loved the ending! You definitely need to finish the series! Its worth it!!

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