Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Yay lists! This week's topic is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. There are definitely some books that come to mind immediately with this topic! I'm scared by a number of things, whether it be hype or sheer size. 

(Also, I know it's Wednesday, I'm sorry! The long weekend messed up my days so let's just pretend I'm right and roll with it)

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)The Casual Vacancy
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)Pride and Prejudice

1. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan: I've managed to successfully read 8 (I believe?) Rick Riordan books so far in my life so I have no idea why this one particular read is so intimidating to me! I've been trying to get myself to read it since it first came out but seeing it on my shelf just makes me anxious.

2. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: Ha. Ha. Ha. I say aaaall the time that I have no idea why I haven't read this yet but THAT'S A LIE. I am SO scared that this book won't live up to my sky-high expectations. I loved the first book, I love Lauren Oliver and I've heard amazing things about this. Also, I don't want to like Julian!

3. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: There's no way that I would have picked up this small town mystery novel if it hadn't been written by JKR. I know it's not for everyone and I don't necessarily expect to adore it... but still. Someone make me read this one!

4. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima: Everyone and their pet dog loves this series. Dammit Sonia, if you had just read it that one time you checked it out of the library 4 years ago and ran out of time, you could have been on track with everyone else and not worried about it not living up to the hype!

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: This is without a doubt one of my favourite series (JEM) and I am nowhere near ready for it to be over! :( Maybe if I just ignore this book, I can pretend it's still in progress?

6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: This book actually scares the crap out of me, to be honest. It follows me EVERYWHERE I GO and I just get creeped out thinking about it. Am I being completely irrational? It seriously cannot be as bad as I'm making it out to be. I mean, I liked Sweeney Todd just fine and Tim Burton is directing this movie? I give up, someone please give me some advice here!

Valente: I've definitely heard a lot of good things about this book from other readers but the main thing that intimidates me about this one is the attention it's gotten from other authors. Neil Gaiman, Tamora Pierce AND Holly Black? Will I get kicked out of the blogging world if my feelings don't match up?!

8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: I was really looking forward to this one and then... I read a huge spoiler. Argh, Internet posters that don't warn for spoilers, I HATE YOU. I'm sure I'll still enjoy this but for now, I'm a little intimidated.

9. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent: I feel like this is such a staple read for YA bloggers and the fact that I haven't read it makes me feel kind of strange! Is it too late to catch up now? I have Volume 1 of the series sitting on my shelf. Then there's also, of course, the hype issue, which is apparently my #1 deterrent for what I'm sure are wonderful books.

10. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: I've barely made a dent in the classics category but this is one that I feel like I should have read by now! I loved the Lizzie Bennett Diaries and everything I've heard about this book but actually making myself read it? Now that's a different story.

Happy Tuesday! (shhhh)


  1. and I'm intimidated by Delirium, ha! =D My Soul to Take is a good enough book, I'm not very invested in the series right now but I know I'll finish it one day. And ooh, I'm pretty nervous about reading and liking The Casual Vacancy, too!

  2. Totally feel the same about the Demon King. I have it, but everyone loves it, so I'm hesitating. And the Casual Vacancy is too long for me. Very intimidating indeed :)

  3. Son of Neptune is good, it is Mark of Athena that should worry you. I loved The Casual Vacancy and Clockwork Princess. Also Pride & Prejudice is so worth reading.

  4. Casual Vacancy is one of the most depressing books ever. Seriously. I cried. But it's very hard to tell people to read it, because sometimes I wish I could unread it, because it IS so depressingly horrible and yet so much could have been done to prevent most of it and even thinking on it now I just want to die.

    But I basically tried NOT to think of it being like HP, because it is SO COMPLETELY different from HP, content wise, writing wise, that it's like two separate J K Rowlings wrote it.

    Girl of Fire and Thorns...I really liked the second half, but in the first half I wanted to shoot the girl. Alot.

  5. Fantastic list Sonia! The reason you should read Son and Neptune is so that you can meet Hazel and Frank and go on a fun adventure. Hazel and Frank are two of the best creations of Rick Riordan in my mind. (way better than Piper or Jason, that's for sure)

    I liked all your reasons. I'm nervous about reading Casual Vacancy too. What if I am disappointed?

    Ugh spoilers its so hard to ignore them with my addiction to the internet. I think your right in thinking you will still enjoy it with knowing what happens, I never read it, but as long as a book's experience is good, I'm happy with a book.

    Hype scares me too from reading some books. I hope to read the Soul Screamer's someday too!

    Anyways, wonderful post Sonia.

  6. I've actually only read Pride and Prejudice off this list, and it's one I loved and was really surprised by because, I don't know, it really read in a way I didn't expect. After loving LBD I think you would really appreciate it, but at the same time I don't like saying YOU SHOULD READ IT on a list with thoughts on books you haven't read. It's confusing, but hopefully that makes sense.
    You've got a really interesting list, with lots of great comments about the individual books.

  7. Sonia!! <3 If I had made my own top then, I sure would have included The Casual Vacancy! Geez, I think I would have never thought to read that book if it were not J.K. Rowling. She's AWESOME. But what if I dislike it? I know that it's so different from Harry Potter, but still. It's written by J.K. ROWLING. I should pay some respect by liking some parts of that book, at least. :P

    Aaah, I haven't read My Soul to Take either! I'd love to start reading it but there have been so many volumes. :'( I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to catch up soon LOL. Maybe we should have a readalong for it someday. ;) Awesome post, Sonia! <3

  8. There are a couple up there I have yet to read...but The Demon King(amazing series), Pandemonium(I loved it, better than the first book in my opinion), P&pP (love this book, after watching the movie it's easier to understand), and Clockwork Princess (JEM.....and I cried. It was scary but I'm glad I read it :D) were all amazing. I loved them :)

  9. Just wait till you read Clockwork Princess! I really think it's such a PERFECT end to the series. I just know you'll love it!