The Intimidating TBR Book Tag

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I’ve seen this tag around on BookTube for a while, and thought it was really fun. So when I saw that Larkin from Wonderfilled Reads did this tag, I decided to finally do it. As you all know, my TBR is ridiculously massive. It’s almost out of control. So I thought it’d be interesting to share some of the books on my TBR that are really intimidating me (and there are quite a few). So, without further ado, here is the Intimidating TBR Book Tag:

A Book You Were Unable to Finish

I feel like I should explain my answer before I tell you what it is. I’m interested in this book from purely a historical, psychological, and political standpoint. I disagree 100% with the viewpoints of the author, but I’m curious to see what it actually says. So don’t judge me. That said, I still haven’t been able to get through Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. Mostly because it’s just really long, and I find myself getting annoyed a few pages in each time I start it. But it’s still on my TBR, because I still want to read it. Maybe I just need to take it in small chunks, like I’m doing with War and Peace.

A Book You’ve Yet to Read Because You Just Haven’t Had the Time

This is actually a difficult one. I always have time for reading. But I guess not having the time is the excuse I’ve been using to not read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It’s just really long and historical. But it’s really highly acclaimed, and was personally recommended to me by a friend with similar reading tastes, so it needs to happen.

A Book That You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s a Sequel

I have a tradition of reading scary books every October (it’s my one weird holiday reading thing), so I’m waiting to read This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong. I read the first book in the duology, John Dies at the End, this past October and really enjoyed it. I’m literally already assembling my October TBR.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s Brand New

I preordered A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro and got it the day it came out, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because of Another Book by the Author

Yet another book that’s been sitting on my shelves foreverA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossini. I loved The Kite Runner, but it absolutely destroyed me. It’s been years, but I still haven’t been able to bring myself to pick this one up. I really should read it.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because You Just Haven’t Been in the Mood

Basically any of the history books I’ve been collecting over the past couple of years: John Adams by David McCullough; Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse by Jared Diamond, The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport… I just haven’t been in the mood for history.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s Just Humungous

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I am currently making my way through this behemoth – the copy I have is just about 1,400 pages – but it is intimidatingly large and my brain has some weird block when it comes to Tolstoy. I really have to take my time reading his books or I end up remembering nothing and getting super confused. But, I’m just taking it slow and I will eventually finish it.

A Book I Haven’t Read Yet Because It Was a Cover Buy and Then You Heard Bad Reviews About It

I don’t know if this is necessarily a cover buy, because I read the first book in the series, but I kind of lost interest in Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard after seeing all the bad reviews. I still kind of want to read it, but I’m not in a mood for YA books at the moment, so I’m not sure if that’s going to happen anytime soon.

The Most Intimidating Book on You TBR

I could say War and Peace for this one, too, but for the sake of changing it up, I’ll go with Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. This book has been sitting on my shelf since I saw the Reese Witherspoon adaptation and ran out and bought the book. In 2004. You know what? Maybe this is the year I tackle it – it fits into a few of my reading challenges, so I have a good excuse. (I’m so going to regret this later.)

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned in this post, I would love to hear your thoughts. Which one do you think I should tackle first?

8 thoughts on “The Intimidating TBR Book Tag

  1. This Book is Full of Spiders is SO GOOD!!! I wouldn’t call it scary though, myself. Haa! Gahh you should read it right now!! 😀

    High five for that, though. I love David Wong. His books, & on Cracked. I can’t wait to read Fancy Suits. It’s sitting on my shelves, taunting me.

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  2. Most of the books that people find intimidating seem just fine to me, but your answers … wow … no wonder you’re intimidated haha, these are some intense reads! 😀

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  3. I read Mein Kampf when I was studying WW2 at school, if you wrote down the conversation between a crazy old man and a pigeon in a park that would be the book. I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying to understand the nature of good and evil. Hitler (horribly) changed the world, and we are still recovering from the atrocities of WW2. They are still catching and charging escaped Nazi’s today. Understanding today’s world and the struggles people face requires an understanding of the past. It makes us more compassionate people.

    That wasn’t meant to be such a long comment but I saw you were a little defensive and just saying I feel you, I read a LOT of books and articles and its annoying when people think that just because you read something you agree with the content. This view inhibits our ability to learn and grow!

    I still have not even attempted War and Peace, there are just so many more…eh…digestible books that have to read!

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    1. Thanks! I completely agree with you! There’s a quote from Aristotle that I always like: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” I feel like the book blogging community understands this, for the most part, but in my personal life, I know a lot of people who don’t, so my instinct is to have to explain (which kind of sucks). I also didn’t want to offend anyone because it’s such a controversial topic. And I like reading books like this precisely because it enhances my understanding of the world and of other people.

      Your description of Mein Kampf made me laugh! I’ve actually read part of a book by Kurt Kruger called I Was Hitler’s Doctor, and, from what I’ve read, what Hitler allegedly told his doctor, and what he writes in his book are wildly different. It’s out of print now, but it’s worth finding if you’re interested in another perspective.

      Thanks again for your comment 🙂


    2. P.S. I just checked out your blog, and your about page doesn’t allow comments, but OMFG, I used to hide in my closet with a book and a flashlight until really late, too! Totally made my day.


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