Monday, April 26, 2010

Books That Intimidate Us [You're The Expert]

We all love lists, and when I saw the opportunity to share with you three books that intimidate me provided by Lost In Books, I thought I'd go right ahead and join in this week.

Here are my three books:

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  I loved the Hobbit.  It was amazing.  But Tolkien's voice completely changes between Bilbo's adventure and Frodo's, and I have never been able to completely read all three novels in The Lord of the Rings.  This is especially intimidating because they're Monster's favorite books and he rereads them at least once a year.  
  2. The Koran.  I've tried to read it several times, and I can never focus long enough to get through it.  I figure that I'm culturally intimidated by this book because a lot of people in my life look down on Islam because of bigotry stemming from 9/11, but I feel like I have an incomplete concept of the religion due to this intimidation.  *Please note that this is just me being honest about being intimidated by a book.  It's not me complaining about a religion other than my own.  I wish i could get through it, for personal development and open mindedness's sake.  I have nothing at all against Islam or its practitioners. 
  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  This book has been on my bookshelf for soooooo long.  I'm intimidated by it in several ways.  First: It's size.  Second:  The raving reviews I've read.  Third: It's cover.  Fourth: The allusions to it's mc being super hot.  I think I'm scared it's been too hyped and that I won't enjoy it because my expectations will be too high - similar to what happened to me with The Hunger Games.  BUT, I've ordered the audiobooks of this trilogy, and Monster and I are going to listen to them on our roadtrip next month.  *fingers crossed*
Now, leave a note in the comments to tell us what books intimidate you, or what you think about the books I've selected for my list.  Better yet, write your own post and link it up at Lost In Books.


Rebecca :) said...

Wonderful list! I am so happy you participated this week! The Qu'ran is probably intimidating exactly for the reason you said- our environments influence us more than we would like sometimes. Perhaps it would be easier to read something such as a Dummies book or the Idiot's Guide to Islam. I have read Catholicism for Dummies and found it extremely informational. Maybe starting off smaller would help. Also I am reading A Brief Introduction to Hinduism, which is part of a series called A Brief Introduction. Even though I have read the Vedas, I think reading this is helping me understand what I read a lot more. It puts it in context.

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

Anything classic intimidates me as I've never really enjoyed a really popular book or anything critically aclaimed.

AtenRa said...

Classics intimidate me, too.I've tried reading Wuthering Heights, but I found it so difficult to read in English(hey,not a native speaker :) so a friend gave it to me in greek.Now it's just sitting there, looking at me.I'll get to it, but not soon.
A book that intimidates me is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, both because of its size and its story.
All Stephen King books intimidate me because they're super scary and awesome!

Alea said...

I think of all religious texts as intimidating but the only one I've even read part of is the Koran. Not sure what the one you are reading is like but I know there are some out there that have like meaning along with them right? It's been a long time but there has got to be a version out there that might be a better fit for you!

Elie said...

Great list. I LOVED all of CClare's books. You have some fun coming. I have several on my list...
Mark Henry (all 3 of his Happy Hour Zombie books) I am afraid of the squee factor)
Fire/Graceling (not sure why, I heard they are great, fire is even on my shelf)
The Vampire Academy series-I read the first one, the rest, I don't know why I don't.
Last, the Anita Blake vampire series-probably becuase I have heard so many various reviews and the series is so long now.

Great post.

I Heart Monster said...

@Rebecca - That's a good suggestion! I have studied enough about the religion that I think that the Dummies versions of the books would be repetitive for me, but it's definitely a good suggestion.

@Good Golly Miss Holly & Aten Ra - classics are totally hard. I almost included The Scarlet Letter, but thought better of it because I really just hated the book. It was intimidated by it at first, but then when we started talking about it in class I found out that I just thought it was dumb.

@Aten Ra - yeah. Stephen King? Definitely intimidating!

@Alea - good suggestion. I've tried several versions, and maybe a Sparks Notes version is what I should shoot for.

@Elie - Totally Graceling! I'm not usually into fantasy. Monster has read Graceling, and one of my friends has too, and they keep prodding me to read it and I keep resisting. I think I'm intimidated by it in the same way I'm intimidated by the Mortal Instruments. The Gargoyle is another one on my shelf that I haven't gotten to yet :o) We're so totally on the same page here!

sharazad said...

Rebecca's right, the For Dummies books can't be praised enough when it comes to religious texts and philosophy.

MissAttitude said...

I love City of Bones so I hope it lives up to all the hype!

I would say the Qu'ran intimidates me as well because of its size. I love how you and rebecca want to expand your knowledge about other religions. We should all try and do that. I'll be looking for the Brief Introduction series...

My top 3 books that intimadate me

1. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott-I can't handle books about kidnappings. *shudders* It's too real. even though this book is supposed to be fantastic, I just don't think I can do it.

2. The books Gabriel garcia Marquez in Spanish. I've been told that it's best to read his books in their native language, but my Spanish is awful. I'm going to try and read One Hundred Years of Solitude this summer, the language I choose is sitll up in the air (I'm probably going to get both, haha)

3. Mein Kampf (spelling?)-Hitler's book. Need I say more?

ally said...

Well... i have a love/hate relationship with LotR so i'm not even gonna read those books. The Koran is intimidating because i'm not even from that religion. And as for CoB. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!! NOW! I started reading it last week because a friend swapped me the whole MI series for Shiver and Beautiful Creatures *fair trade* and i can't get enough of the MC. My God. Love him and all the books he's in!

Can't wait for your review!