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This Week’s Theme: Books You’re Intimidated By
I think this topic was made especially for me. It’d be easier if I listed the books I WASN’T intimidated by, but okay. Let’s try and get this down to 5.
The “Lauren is Intimidated” Checklist:
☑ Over 400 pages
☑ High Fantasy/Historical
☑ Part of a huge series
☑ Extremely hyped and loved by EVERYONE
Covers = Goodreads
I read City of Bones and I didn’t really like it… There are SO MANY BOOKS. SO MANY. There’s 9 in this photo and that’s not including Lady Midnight or the collection of ELEVEN NOVELLAS or the Magnus Bane spinoff with 12 NOVELLAS. What the hell, Cassandra!? WHY DO YOU HATE ME!? I’m freaking out just thinking about it. There’s so many pages. So, so, so many pages. This is one of the most hyped and popular book series ever and I’m so scared I’m not going to like City of Ashes either. I know people say to go to The Infernal Devices, but they’re SO HUGE. ALL OF THESE BOOKS ARE SO HUGE. NO. NO. NOPE. It’s totally contradicting though because I love the TV show, lmao.
It’s no secret that horror is my favourite genre, but I am INCREDIBLY intimidated by Adult fiction horror. I don’t even know why. Wait, yes, I do. It’s BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL SO HUGE. I could have also put House of Leaves for this choice too, but I went with Stephen King because I have more of a personal connection with his books (well as much as someone can who’s never read ANY of them). I grew up surrounded by King’s books and movies because my mum was a huge fan. I honestly thought I would have picked up something he’d wrote by now, but NOPE. Carrie has been sitting on my shelf since the movie with Chloe Grace Moretz was released. I chose The Shining because as a kid the movie absolutely terrified me. I refused to let my parents watch it if I was anywhere in the house. Even if I was in my room and they were in theirs, at the other end of the house, with the door shut. I JUST HAD SOME WEIRD SIXTH SENSE AND KNEW THEY WERE WATCHING IT. And I would start CRYING until they turned it off. Whereas now I’m worried that I WON’T find it scary at all and it’ll ruin that ‘scared’ feeling I have towards it. You know what King book I won’t EVER be reading though? It. It’s not even the terrifying amount of pages. Nope. I draw the line at clowns. Goodbye.
Yeah, I haven’t read these books… I know, I know. There’s just SO MANY and there’s sO MANY PAGES. It’s high fantasy and it’s another super loved and popular series and I’m so scared I won’t like it? I really want to love this series, because Sarah is a fellow Aussie, and I 100% plan on reading it, but man it’s INTIMIDATING. I am currently reading A Court of Thorn and Roses and it’s intimidating me too. It’s been on my “currently reading” shelf for so long. I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far though so that’s making the Throne of Glass series a little less intimidating. Actually, who am I kidding. No it’s not. I’M SO SCARED I WON’T LIKE THIS AND EVERYONE WILL HATE ME.
I went through a phase were I was OBSESSED with Game of Thrones. I loved so many of the characters and I was so obsessed with the world. The moment I saw that my local Target store had a copy of A Game of Thrones in I bought it instantly. I don’t even think I processed the size of the book, like my brain already knew how terrifying it was so it just repressed it and tricked me into thinking that I could EASILY read this book. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for THREE (MAYBE FOUR?) YEARS COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED. I HAVEN’T TURNED ONE SINGLE PAGE. I haven’t even OPENED THE COVER. Cut to me losing interest in the TV show and wondering if I’ll ever pick this book up because it again ticks every single box on the checklist. I’m thinking of every book in this series stacked together and I feel NAUSEOUS.
I can literally feel everyone judging me for not having read this book. I don’t even know what to say. It ticks nearly every single box on my checklist. There! That’s my excuse. Actually, it’s a really poor one. I KNOW. My sister who NEVER reads books managed to read this and she loved it. If she can do it then so can I, right? RIGHT? My brain begs to differ. Every time I see this book I can feel it judging me. I really want to love it and read it because again Markus is a fellow Aussie, but I’M SO SCARED. I’m extremely worried that I’m not going to understand it? I’m not the smartest person around okay. This book looks so intelligent and symbolic with tons of deep meanings and just. I’m scared okay. ALSO THE SIZE. So. Many. Pages. This does have being a standalone going in it’s favour though. So it gets points for that. I also find the concept incredibly fascinating. I need to just HURRY UP and read this already.