Top Ten Tuesday: July 2

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It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This should be relatively easy for me. Books very rarely, if ever, intimidate me due to size. Most of the time I find classic books the most intimidating to read, because I worry that I won’t “get” them on the same level that everyone else does. Yay for cognitive dysfunction due to illness! I also get intimidated because I tend to be really progressive and liberal and… I don’t even know what else. I think that classics have their place, but I also think that there is room for new books to be given the hallowed mantle of “classic”. And a lot of the time, I hate classic prose.

Without further ramblings, though I know you all enjoy those SO very much, and as always in no particular order…

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Lolita Les Miserables Journey To The Centre of the Earth Divine Comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Goodreads)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Goodreads)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Goodreads)

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Goodreads)

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Goodreads)

Anna Karenina Pride and Prejudice Schindler's List The Wind Up Bird ChronicleSophie's Choice

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Goodreads)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Goodreads)

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally (Goodreads)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (Goodreads)

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (Goodreads)

So, what books do you find intimidating? What makes a book intimidating for you?
Thanks for reading!

The Difficulties of Book Reviewing

So, today I finished another book. This time it was a book for the book club I am a part of. It is a fairly well-known book, and until today I had been planning on writing a review of it for the blog.

And then I started thinking about it. Here we have a book that is read by high school students every year. It has been the subject of much debate. Then I come along, and I want to review it.

What if I didn’t notice the right things about the book? What if my views aren’t strongly framed enough? And I tend to forget the time at which books were written, and just take them as they are. Is that going to be a problem? Instead of putting forward a well-formed opinion, what if I start looking like a blithering idiot?

Do I have any right at all to review a book that is so well-known? And if I don’t like it, is it reprehensible to mention that I didn’t enjoy the book? I mean, classics are classics for a reason.

Is this post about confidence? I guess partially. But I sit here, looking at my copy of this book, thinking to myself that as much as I want to review it, I just can’t. It would seem presumptuous of me when better people than me have torn it apart and put it back together word for word.

So then, what makes the other books I review so much better? Is it not presumptuous of me to try to review them as well?

Ah, the intricacies and difficulties of book reviewing.