I am hitting such a slow patch with reading! I guess it is all part of working on this degree and achieving my 25 Before 25. There are way too many books on my TBR list, but a few of them I fear I may never read, because they are so intimidating. This week’s TTT is about those intimidating books.
Books That Are Too Big
1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – there are people who constantly quote from this book, and it sounded like a worthwhile read until I saw how thick it was. And then I tried the first few pages and it just did not flow. I can force myself to read a classic when I think it is justified and it will not take toooo much time, but I just cannot waste valuable reading time on something that is this massive AND tough to read.
2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I watched the film and found it thoroughly confusing. When I finally figured out what was going on I knew I had to read it. Incidentally it was also the book I saw most people read on the subways in Japan and Singapore, which was interesting. I actually WANT to read this (as opposed to Atlas Shrugged) but because I know that it is a mentally taxing book, I don’t know when I would have time to devote attention to it.
Books That Are Too Freaky
3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
4. The Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay – for some reason, I do better with books than their visual interpretations. For example, while I quite enjoy Kathy Reichs’ novels, the Bones series rattled me completely. So while my friends watch the series, I want to read the books… but I am averse to nightmares.
I really want to read these, but I am afraid that they won’t live up to my expectations. I almost feel like I would rather keep the fantasy of world-changing books alive than read them and think… “Meh.”
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – this is one of those books that you are supposed to read in high school, but our curriculum just missed it. I am scared that without the guidance of my favourite English teachers it will suck. There are so many books – Lord of the Flies and An Episode of Sparrows, for example – that I doubt I would have loved without the gentle guidance of my high school teachers.
6. Anything by Zakes Mda – an iconic South African writer. I admit I am a little afraid that I won’t “get” it.
7. Anything by Jim Butcher – I don’t always do well with Sci-Fi, although his premises sound so good.
8. Anything by Terry Pratchett – as above. Also, the way people talk about his books kind of remind me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I kind of have a love-hate relationship with that book.
Books By Favourite Authors
9. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – I devoured his first two books and have recommended them to anyone willing to listen. I am afraid of ruining this author’s image in my mind. I am also weary of the fact that this new book is more historic, compared to the other two modern-day novels. It could be amazing like The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani… or it could not.
10. Philida by Andre P. Brink – this South African author writes incredibly good fiction based on truth. Unfortunately, this novel sounds a lot like Pieternella: Daughter of Eva by Dalene Matthee, who also writes excellent historical fiction but just didn’t do it for me in this novel.
I realise that a lot of my reasons for being intimidated by these books come down to fear or judging an author based on the mistakes of OTHER authors. Well. Nobody ever said intimidation had to be rational.