Top 5 Most Intimidating Books

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  1. Tammy says:

    I have to agree with you, series like Discworld terrify me, because I would have to take a break from everything else just to catch up! I am going to give House of Leaves a shot, though 😃

  2. The footnotes have footnotes??? 😳

  3. I want to read House of Leaves and Mistborn but I am also intimidated. I’ve never heard of Discworld but wow!! That’s a crazy chart. I don’t think I could bring myself to read that series. There’s just too much.

  4. Aakankshya says:

    Mistborn series is on my list too! 😂 And I once tried reading ‘a brief history of time’ but gave up too soon.

  5. Why have I never heard of House of Leaves!?!? It sounds awesome!

    But I’m not sure I could cope with footnotes for the footnotes!

  6. A Brief History of Time found a spot on my list for the same reasons, too. It’s always been a book I’ve wanted to read but I’m afraid I wouldn’t understand any of it!

  7. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Well Joe I have read and enjoyed A brief history of Time! It was really interesting. I also have read oneof his books where he is trying to prove the existence of God through science. Honestly I read 15 pages and had to stop and ponder. Then resume some hours later 😉

  8. Sarah says:

    If it makes you feel better, I read In Cold Blood for a high school class and didn’t find it difficult at all! If anything, the most difficult part of it was the story itself, and only because it was so unsettling for me.

    I’ve also read House of Leaves and though it can be very intimidating, it is also one of my all-time favorites. It’s just so brilliantly done, it’s definitely worth it imo.

  9. Mistborn is so intimidating. I’ve heard many good things about it, but I’m so scared to read it lol

    • J.W. Martin says:

      I don’t know what scares me more, reading a big book and not liking it, or reading a big book and loving it so much that I suddenly have a dozen big books to read!

  10. Birdie says:

    First of all, that Discworld grafic is terrifying! I don’t even know the series, but it looks so convoluted. I’d be so scared I was starting in the wrong spot.

    I read the first Mistborn book, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t continue though, only because I think the ending hit me too hard.

  11. We are of the same mind for a lot of these. Mistborn is an obvious one that we’ve talked about many times. House of Leaves is a book that I’ve been picking my way through for years – literally! I haven’t gotten too far into it and read maybe 25 pages here and there. Its format is so unconventional and all over the place – I’ve had a hard time connecting with it. But it’s good!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list (even though it’s a little late – sorry!)

  12. Ah yes, I found Discworld intimidating before I get started- what helped though was knowing that it was lots of little series in one big series- and then on top of that each of the stories can be read on their own. I think it helped to see it in those smaller terms for me.

  13. leetharose says:

    I agree with Discworld, I really want to try it out, but it is DEFINITELY one of the more intimidating series to get started!

  14. bookgraphy says:

    I totally agree with a Brief History of Time. I really wanna read it but I mean Hawking is a geniuuuus! it’s intimidating haha

  15. Sophie Li says:

    Hi JW!
    I’ve also been meaning to read some novels by Terry Pratchett, but have been intimidated by how many there are! That is pretty ingenious that someone had put together a graphic to describe the ideal reading order :’)

  16. Dreamy Reads says:

    Agree with Brief History of Time. Physics is way out of my league.

  17. Oh my, the disc world novels! I only own Hogfather, and want to read it cause I watched the Tv movie as a kid, but then I found out about the rest of the books. There are so many! But I still think I’ll start with Hogfather, apparently they’re all stand alone.

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