Intimidating Books on my TBR

I, like I’m sure many others do, have a whole load of books on my TBR. It’s only natural then that some of these books should be more intimidating than others, whether this be down to the hype surrounding it, the topics it explores or even the mere length of it. Below I’ve decided to list some of my most intimidating reads, from fantasy to adult to classics!


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara



I’ve heard so many brilliant things about this novel and in consequence I am incredibly keen to read it! That being said, I am incredibly intimidated by this book, and I’m therefore unsure as to when I’ll start reading it. The themes explored in this novel are intense and deeply serious so I feel it’s incredibly important to ensure that I’m in the right state of mind to read this one! The length of the novel is also an aspect that intimidates me a little, and so despite owning a physical copy of this, I’m not entirely sure when I’ll pick it up.



The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon



This is probably one of the books I am the most intimidated by. The sheer length of this novel is something to marvel at, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel this long! Just thinking about the amount of time it would take me, an incredibly slow reader, to read this sends a literal chill down my spine. With that said, I’m super excited to getting around to reading this, even if it will probably take me around 500 years!




Atonement by Ian McEwan




Much like A Little Life, the emotional response I am likely to have as a result of this book is the primary thing that intimidates me about this novel. I’ve heard that it’s very upsetting, so despite owning a physical copy of this book I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get around to reading it (if I read it at all!)




The Iliad




I think it goes without saying that this is an intimidating read! This is a novel that I would absolutely love to read, and I thoroughly enjoy reading adaptations of it. Reading the actual thing however, is rather different and is something that I will probably remain scared of forever!





I would love to hear the books you’re intimidated by! Comment below if we have any in common!!

14 thoughts on “Intimidating Books on my TBR”

  1. Ooooh, I have The Priory of the Orange Tree on my kindle! I’m honestly terrified to read it on my kindle. I think it’s because I can’t see the shear size of it XD I hope you enjoy these if/when you get to them 😀


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  2. This is such a recognizable feeling! I don’t have anything too intimidating on my TBR at the moment (maybe I’m just not that brave), but I loved reading yours!

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  3. I had the same thing with A Little Life, for years I was reluctant to pick it up because I know people either love it or hate it. In the end I was glad I read it, and this book broke my heart. Look forward to your review once you read it, whenever you decide to 🙂

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  4. A little life is one of my favorite book ever but I can totally understand why it’s so intimidating. Honestly I went I to it pretty blind so I didn’t know it was going to be so intense and painful? Omg. There are so many trigger warnings, please check them before reading and stay safe!

    I also have The Priory of the Orange Tree in my TBR and I actually tried to read it but couldn’t get into it? I’m reading the French traduction and for some reason the French is so hard to understand lmao I feel so dumb even though French is my first language 😭 might try it later again tho

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    1. I am definitely going to wait until I’m in the appropriate frame of mind to read A Little Life, thank you for the warning!!

      I hope you manage to get into and enjoy The Priory of the Orange Tree next time! 😊


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