Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. Books can be intimidating sometimes. Size, emotional topics, the hype machine…there are many things that can make you wary of picking up that book. Here are ten books/series that intimidate me.
1. Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. Ever since I started the show, I’ve been meaning to read the books. I even bought the first four. But I just can’t bring myself to pick them up. I love the show. It’s one of my favorites on tv right now. And therein lies my problem. I’m the type of person who gets really pissed off when things from books are changed in movies. I get it, no adaptation can be exact, but I don’t have to like that fact. I’m especially bad when it comes to the Harry Potter series (I love the movies, but they can’t hold a candle to the books. I spend a lot of my time complaining about new Dumbledore because seriously there is no universe where Dumbledore would push a student into a table ughhhh). So basically I just don’t feel like dealing with the stress of noticing every difference from the books in a tv show that I’m really enjoying right now.
2. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead. You can’t be friends with Book Rock Betty without her waxing poetic about how awesome this series is. I have the first book, but I’m afraid to start because it doesn’t sound like a me series. I’ve seen on Twitter that Betty’s converted a lot of bloggers over to the Vampire Academy fanwagon, so maybe it’s time to put aside my fear and just try it already.
3. Reflections: On the Magic of Writing, Diana Wynne Jones. Never have I reacted so emotionally to the death of someone I don’t even know. But DWJ is my favorite author, and I love her books so much. I want to read this collection of her writings so badly, but I know it’s going to make me really emotional so I’ve been putting it off.
4. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve been told that I’ll love this series, but these are some chunky books so I don’t know when I’ll have the time to start.
5. Gone, Michael Grant. I’ve heard this is one of the best apocalyptic YA series on the market. I have a feeling I’m going to want to binge read the entire thing, so it’s all about finding the time for me to read six long books back to back.
6. The Cydonian Pyramid, Pete Hautman. I really enjoyed The Obsidian Blade, so I’m not sure why I’ve put off reading this one. I guess because it’s some of the same story retold through another character’s perspective. For some reason, this makes me unsure about how much I’ll like book.
7. Froi of the Exiles, Melina Marchetta. Finnikin of the Rock is excellent fantasy and right up my alley. I think I’m intimidated to continue because 1) I don’t want to be let down and 2) I didn’t really like Froi in the first book.
8. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell. I loved Eleanor & Park so of course I want to read more of Rowell’s books. This is another case of worrying that it won’t be as good and that I won’t love it as much.
9. Son of the Shadows, Juliet Marillier. I loved Daughter of the Forest, but in this series, the next book is about the daughter of the first book’s main character. While I’m sure it’s excellent, I’m having a hard time letting go of my love for the first book’s main character.
10. Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith. I’ve seen so many raving reviews of this one, but it doesn’t sound like a me book. I know, I know, I should step out of my comfort zone a bit more.