It's that time of the week! It's Top 5 Wednesday time, as created by the awesome GingerReadsLainey and now moderated by the lovely ThoughtsonTomes over on Goodreads!
This weeks topic is...Characters You Defend!
I know what you're thinking my friends, that is not the title up there! However, I really am not the kind of reader who finds myself "defending" particular characters, Maybe a book overall, and I can maybe think of maybe one or two characters other people don't like that I do, but I actually generally don't like characters that everyone else loves!
Plus within my family and friend group I'm the only big reader, so I really don't discuss books in that way at all, I generally go as far as recommending books. Even when I'm working in the library I don't really have the opportunity to get that in depth.
Just an FYI the ONLY person who jumps to mind is Harry Potter, I didn't realise just how many people really didn't like Harry until I joined twitter and I adore him, and I do find myself defending him on twitter etc (though never directly to someone, more in general!)
So after THAT very long detour, the topic I choose for this week IS...Intimidating Reads from April 2016. I had originally planned to start with this one so it works out just lovely!
So my choices for intimidating reads are...
1. Frankenstein//Mary Shelley
I really want to love this, because Mary Shelley is an incredibly important female writer, I'd also like to read more classics, but honestly, I'm not the type of person to read classics just so I can feel superior, I'd rather just read things I love.
I have tried to read this once, but I was overwhelmed by the language. I am even more intimidated by the fact that people say that this is one of the easier classics to read because of the language so it makes me feel like I'm not smart enough to read it!
The other thing is that I'm a speed reader, and anything that forces me to have to slow down (and re-read sentences or whole paragraphs to "get" them) really frustrates me, I think it's one of the reasons I also struggle with epic fantasy. I don't like to have to "learn" as I read.
I do hope to try this again someday though as I have a really beautiful clothbound edition!
2. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)//Patrick Rothfuss
First off, the sheer size of this is intimidating! However, I am more intimated by this because I have a fear I won't like when I feel I "should".
Also, this is a trilogy with a sequel, but not an ending, so if I read it and I love it and run out and buy the sequel (like I tend to do when I love something!) there's no ending!
3. To Kill a Mockingbird//Harper Lee
Another classic that I own a beautiful clothbound edition of. My husband actually surprised me with it at Christmas and I was stunned as it wasn't one on my wishlist!
This doesn't intimate me because of the classics thing, I'm totally a-ok with modern classics, HOWEVER, the sheer importance of this book makes me feel a need to love it and understand it and I just worry I can't do either!
4. You//Caroline Kepnes
This is actually a bit of a different one that I had second thoughts about including here.
This book intimidates me because of the plot and narrative style. For those who aren't already aware this novel is a second person style narrative of a man who is stalking a woman.
This intimidates me because I have experience of being stalked. I have never been triggered by a book before, and I have read books that involve stalking, however the second person narrative adds a completely different dimension i.e. "you are a whore", "why won't you talk to me", "you deserve X, Y, Z" etc (which I'm pretty sure will be included in this book) are things that have been written to me in the exact same capacity.
You might wonder why I want to read it at all, and honestly it's for research purposes. I'd like to know if this does trigger me, and also write a review on this book from this point of view, especially since I believe that this may romanticize the stalker.
5. Americanah//Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Another really important, well loved book that I just want to love.
I also really worry that I just won't understand what's going on, and why it's so important.
I also have a feeling that this also has some triggering content which as I've explained I can read, but I prefer not to, especially if it's particularly graphic.
So there we go, that's my five most intimidating reads. As a side note, I found it really interesting when I was watching videos and reading blogs on this topic how many lists just contained really large books, it seems I'm very much intimidated in a different way!
If you have read any of these, please let me know which one you think I should read first!
I'd love to know what your Top 5 Intimidating Reads choices are, so leave your answers below, or if you've done this topic or indeed the 'characters you defend' topic, link me up below!