Top 5 Wednesday: Books we are intimidated by

Imagine you are looking great this evening. You are wearing the most coziest clothing, you are jamming to your favourite music and dancing to the aroma of chocolate cookies baking in the oven. There are birds flying around you cause you are Cinderella and suddenly you’re stepsister comes in, dressed in those fancy clothes and that smug look showing off her unquestionable dominance.

She scares you and makes you uncomfortable, lowers your self-esteem and makes you cringe and hide in the shadows.

Today we talk about 5 books that do the same to us.

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#1 The Game of Throne series by George R. R. Martin

Raven: I have read the first four books and had absolutely no trouble tackling them but for some reason I just can’t seem to want to read the fifth book. I did try once, and read about a 100 pages after which I realized that I had absolutely no idea about what was happening… and now even if I want to read it I’ll have to read the summary of the previous four books cause I don’t remember a lot of things. #problemsofreadingfatbooks

Beez: This series requires intense dedication and tons of time- to get fully into and then to stay into. I’m a fail.

#2 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Raven: I have heard sooo many good things about this book and I really want to read it before I watch the movie but UGH! I just can’t make myself start it because I’m scared that I will be super disappointed.

Beez: Gone girl is the definition of intimidating. It promises to be good, and it’s adult fiction (I like adult fiction), but it’s scary. And the writing is not all that simple. And it just promises this whirl-wind of stuff so I’m scared like what if I’m too dumb and I read it and I don’t get a thing? I’m afraid of being a failure.

#3 Haruki Murakami books

Raven: His books are so thick! Not only with pages but also with content (I believe) and it’s an adult book and I haven’t really liked a LOT of adult books (probably cause I haven’t read many…)

Beez: I really want to read his books, but I’m kind of scared because I really want to like them but I’m afraid I won’t get it because I’m stupid.

#4 Classics

Raven: Classics always taunt me with their mostly archaic English and dragged plotlines. I have read only 6 classics and even though I have loved all of them (except Silas Marner) I can’t say I’m a huge fan.

Beez: I think the writing of classics, the way they get a little confusing especially with tons of characters with long names and the endless descriptions holds me back from reading them. They’re also slow paced so they require soo much more patience. I’m also very thick.

#5 Hyped books

Raven: Books that are hyped scare me the MOST!

Reason no. 1: EVERYONE seems to love it and that in itself makes me feel apprehensive about whether it is REALLY good or people are just saying so because THEY think that since the OTHER person loved it so they SHOULD love it too…

Reason no. 2: I expect WAAAAAAY too much from those books and am almost ALWAYS disappointed. (Ex: MAZE RUNNER)

Reason no. 3: It kills my DESIRE to want to read so and so book. I mean I know we all love fangirling about books that we love but in the process it kind of loses meaning? I know I recently hyped up The Raven Cycle for a good friend of ours here on WordPress and felt immediate guilt because I know exactly how it feels to be on the receiving end a.k.a too much pressure which turns you off. (Sorry mate!)

Beez: I don’t like hyped books because I know I’ll hate them, or at least most of them. And it’s true, when you see them again and again and again in your feed you sort of just adopt the attitude of, ‘oh yeah, that’s the popular book I’m not reading’. Especially when the book is young adult, I have learnt that I will have issues with it, so I should stay away from it. And if the book is a series, I’m already running away because no. #nottryingtobehipster #justanoldsoul

Tell us yours in the comments below or attach a link for us to check it out!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

14 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books we are intimidated by

  1. I haven’t read and watch Gone Girl for the same reason! Anddd I can also relate to your list, I find Clasics (I can’t get myself into reading them( and Haruki Murakami’s books (I feel like I’m too young and immature to read them) pretty intimidating. Great post 😄💙

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  2. I think there’s such a wide variety in classics! Everything from ancient texts to things published in the 1960s can be classics, so it’s not all archaic! (But also I like Silas Marner so I’m just a little sad you don’t. :p)

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    • You’re so right about the classics and Beez says “Aww thank you so much for comforting me! You’re so sweet.”

      I have heard some negative reviews on Gone Girl but I still want to see for myself you know? But it’s nice to know that we’ll have someone to rant to if we don’t like it 😛

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  3. With Haruki Murakami’s work I recommend starting with Norwegian Wood, it’s the most accessible of his stuff and it was actually Murakami attempting to write ‘popular’ fiction. The rest of his stuff is fabulist fiction that draws heavily on Kafka and are a bit harder to get into – maybe try his short story collections to see if they’re for you. I personally love him but know it’s not for everyone (except Norwegian Wood, everyone likes Norwegian Wood haha).

    A Song of Ice and Fire is phenomenal and I think it’s actually very approachable – since it’s the most popular of the adult fantasy series. The writing is easy to get into, and the first three books have excellent pacing so you will fly through them. The last two books have been a bit of a chore to read, but I think even his die-hard fans would admit that.

    Gone Girl is a very quick read, especially towards the latter half. The only reason I would hesitate to recommend it is because it poses a very grim outlook on love and life – so you’ll have to be in the right mood for it.

    I hope you’ll both give them all a try 😀

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    • Oooh yes everyone tells us to start with Norwegian Wood and so we included it on our tbr for this year and I think we will definitely get around to reading it someday and decide whether we would like to read more of his works or not.

      I agree that Song of ice and fire is absolutely amazing! And I had no trouble at all finishing the first four books and I have now decided that I WILL finish the 5th book before the end of this year no matter what.

      And thanks for the heads up on Gone girl! I guess whenever Beez or I feel like we need a sad and depressing read we will surely pick it up and hopefully fly through it.


  4. A Song of Ice and Fire is probably my favorite series ever! I hope you can finish the ADWD, if you want to, that is haha. Gone Girl is other of my favorite books, you shouldn’t worry about the writing, it can be read very fast, and it actually isn’t that complicated at all. I think most people are intimidated by the actual storyline, if you are thinking about reading it soon, you should know that the characters are absolutely despicable and that’s sort of fascinating!


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