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 forever: A 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?