A.K.A. Fear of Bricks
I’m going to keep this list to TBR lurkers. It’s mostly size that intimidates me *insert immature giggling here*…knowing that I could read three other books in the same amount of time makes me nervous. But I have managed to cross off A Game of Thrones from list of long books I want-to-read-but-can’t-bring-myself-to-make-the-commitment so there might be hope still for these…
#10 Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
OK I actually have read one of the Gormenghast books, but I have the trilogy in one book and it’s massive and not the easiest prose to read. I still sort of love it enough to want to read the rest but it’s been a long time since I picked it up.
#9 Shooting Victoria by Paul Thomas Murphy
I requested this for review because I loved the sound of it and yay for interesting non-fiction books, but when it arrived, it was huge. I do really want to read it and I may have to tackle it in bitesize chunks.
#8 Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
I have a sense that this is hard-going. It’s probably the book on this list most likely to get ditched.
#7 The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Another non-fiction book that peaked my interest until I ended up with a giant hardback. The paperback looks a more manageable size though, so maybe the hardback is just trying to scare me with its scale. Maybe I should stop buying hardbacks sight unseen…
#6 The Passage by Justin Cronin
It’s a brick and enough people have told me it doesn’t need all those pages. I am waiting for an abridged version (only joking).
#5 The Iliad by Homer
I started a prose version of this in a readalong but I got behind after the first few weeks and gave up. I love the stories contained within the pages of Homer but I haven’t found a translation that makes me want to read all of it.
#4 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
This one’s not on the list for length but just that I know it will be harrowing and I will have to psyche myself up to read it.
#3 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Another one I wanted to read until it turned up and I saw the size of it. I think all the awards are starting to put me off too now.
#2 Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
All his books fall under this category, but I want to read some of them.
I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other books in the world that are intimidating but I don’t want to read them (eg. Ulysses by James Joyce). So, are these books worth the effort? Or are they secretly quite easy?
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