Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

While Top Five Wednesday is on hiatus for the summer, I’ve been revisiting some older topics. Today’s throwback topic is from April 2016, in which I’ll be discussing books I’m intimidated by. From page length to hype, there are books I’m definitely nervous about picking up, but I mostly see myself picking up no matter my reading fears.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon- The Priory of the Orange Tree definitely falls under the intimidation category because of its 827 page length. I also haven’t read a book by Samantha Shannon, who is much loved by a lot of readers for The Bone Season. This book actually isn’t on my TBR, but more or less on TBR radar (books that I may possibly pick up). I could see myself reading it if I’m particularly in the mood for high fantasy or a fantasy standalone.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan- With the upcoming sequel Girls of Storm and Shadow coming this fall, Girls of Paper and Fire has been receiving extra hype on book Twitter lately. I’m also always a tiny bit intimidated by fantasy series because I struggle keeping up with multiple unfinished series.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills- Another case where I am more intimidated by the hype more than the book itself. I’ve enjoyed Emma Mills’ other three books (This Adventures Ends is currently my favorite), but I know so many readers who consider Foolish Hearts to be their favorite Emma Mills’ book. This isn’t a case where the hype is preventing me from putting it off, but I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

The Power by Naomi Alderman- I’m pretty sure this book has been recommended by the Obamas! The Power always comes up on feminist reading recommendations and has received much critical acclaim. Somewhat like hype intimidation, I hope this book lives up to the acclaim for me and doesn’t fall into the ‘just okay’ category.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan- I definitely do not pick up too many classic books, considering that I haven’t read too many that I’ve enjoyed and have been forced to read many in school. I really do want to pick up The Joy Luck Club somewhat soon (ideally this year) and overall not be afraid of picking up more classics.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.


What books are you intimidated by? Any of the above? Share in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

  1. Ugh, I so feel you with this! I’m a little intimidated by Priory, too, but I’m going to be tackling it next month as a group read, so … *Crosses fingers* If I fall in the line of reading, my comrades will go on and avenge me! I definitely have hype intimidation with The Power, too. I feel like there’s so much pressure to like it.

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