Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t, etc.)
Some of these books are intimidating because I see them as very intellectually challenging, or very dry (not necessarily the same thing). A few are just (or also) really, really loooong, and a few are likely to be very depressing. At least half of them combine two of those characteristics. [Edited to add: Most of these are not on my TBR list, mostly due to the intimidation factor.]
As usual, these are in no particular order:
|The Story of Civilization, by Will and Ariel Durant. Easton Press edition.|
- The Story of Civilization (Durant, 11 volumes)
- The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbons, 4 volumes)
- The History of the English-Speaking Peoples (Churchill, 4 volumes)
- Godel, Escher, Bach (Hofstadter)
- Republic and other writings (Plato)
- Communist Manifesto (Marx and Engels)
- Les Miserables (Hugo; unabridged)
- Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky)
- War and Peace (Tolstoy)
- The Gulag Archipelago (Solzhenitsyn)
Incidentally, the Durant series is actually pretty readable, at least when I’ve dipped into it. It’s just so incredibly long!
That’s my list… what books most intimidate you?