Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today is a freebie, so, going down the list again of past topics I missed, I'll be doing Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. Now, for me, the books that intimidate me most are the classics. With them, it's sort of a coin toss for me. Some I love, others, I really, really don't (*cough* Hemingway). On top of that, the older linguistic forms (and often a lack of conciseness) act as a reading barrier, as does my general distaste for historical fiction. Yeah, classics aren't technically historical fiction, but they're classic, so most of them now take place as history. In any case, here are ten books currently on my TBR that intimidate me!
1) The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. It's a big book (600+ pages), an old book (1794), and not too highly rated on Goodreads (3.37 out of 5). But it's a classic by a woman, and it defined Gothic literature, so, like, I hafta.
2) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Also Great Expectations. Look, Dickens was paid by the word, so he's basically the opposite of concise, and he tends to talk about gloomy stuff in morose old settings. But he's a big deal classic author, so I have to give him a try. (400/500+ pages, 1860s)
3) The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux. I love the musical, so I have to read this, but the musical this is not--as I understand it, it's a lot creepier and more messed up. Plus, it's translated from French. Otherwise, the stats aren't too bad. It's less than 300 pages, though it was published in 1909.
4) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. I don't know, it's not that long, since it's a play, but it's from World War I times (1913), which is not the best literary era in my opinion. I just feel thrown off by the idea of this, for some reason. But, you know. It's classic.
5) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. Faulkner is not famous for being readable, at all. He likes his big words! Still, the concept of this story sounds cool, and I have to give him a try at least once. (300+ pages, 1929)
6) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Moving into 'modern classics' (late 1960s and beyond): Vonnegut sounds really violent and weird as a writer, and I have no idea how that's going to go down with me. I'm not generally into male-led war stuff, so yeah. But I do often like sci-fi.
7) The Stand by Stephen King. Look, I do think of myself as a King fan. I love some of his stuff. But likewise a lot of it crosses the line for me in sexual and violent content, and I never know how it's gonna be. Sometimes he's just too male (I run into this problem a lot with classic lit too). This is one of his older books, from 1978, and it weighs in at 1000+ pages depending on the edition, but it's also one of his most popular works. So we'll see.
8) Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card. For me, Card is in the same boat as King, although at his worst I find him more obscure than disturbing. We're into the 1990s now with this book, which clocks in at 400+ pages.
9) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I don't know, this book is just known to be literary, which is where a lot of the scary classics also lie, and it's a male author, and I just don't know. I mean, it's over 1000 pages.
10) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Again, this is DeEp and CoMpLeX and LiTeRaRy and MaLe so we will just have to see how I end up feeling about it. Plus it's partly historical fiction, despite being the most modern of this list (2004!).
Whoo-hoo! So there you are! Let me know if you've got any thoughts on these books/authors, and I'll see you again tomorrow for "Waiting On" Wednesday.
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