Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Intimidating Books


Top 10 Tuesday: Intimidating Books

This week, for Top 10 Tuesday, we're talking about our top ten most intimidating books -- books that are simply too big, or too popular, or too different.

While I've read many literary chunksters, these ten just stop me cold. And it's not even these ten, specifically. Pretty much anything by these authors is going to make me run as fast as I can in the opposite direction.

Maybe if they had more approachable cover art? If they were all available as, say, Penguin Threads or Penguin Ink? That would definitely be a help.
  1. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri
  4. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  5. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (I actually read V at college. It was … strange).
  6. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  7. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  8. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  9. Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I did enjoy Anna Karenina, though)


  1. Anonymous02 July

    Man your list gave me the chills! All except for Pillars of the Earth, which seriously is worth it. But maybe get the e-book, that one weighs a ton!

  2. Anonymous02 July

    I have War and Peace, Ulysses and Les Miserables on my list too. They are intimidating!

  3. I doubt I will ever read War and Peace. The size stops me cold.


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