To 10 | Most Intimidating Books On my TBR 🌵

🌵 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day and an incredible half week.❤️ 

⚡️ Before starting, I have to talk a little about what is happening in the world right now regarding COVID-19, In Argentina right now we have 56 cases, two dead and some people recovered, this can change and possibly will do so, over the days. I try not to do it so much on Twitter for example because I know that EVERYONE is talking about it, and there’s a lot of information and really although I feel that it’s a time where we all need to remain calm about it and take good care of ourselves, I wouldn’t want it to overwhelm any of you. So I decide to talk about it briefly here, especially to tell you that I hope you’re safe and that although it’s necessary to stay calm, you have to also know how important it is to take care of ourselves at this moment, not only for ourselves but also for others. Wash your hands, keep your workspace or home as clean and airy as possible, cough or sneeze into the crease of your arm, and try not to touch your faces much with your hands. Especially for those who still have to go to work outside their houses, I send you all my best energy and my love, we’ll overcome this and for those countries that are going through the worst right now, I send all my love, my thoughts are always with you. I love you and as always I want to express the importance of thinking about others and leaving selfishness aside in such a critical moment.⚡️

Going back to what we’re here for today, I thought it would be something fun to check my TBR and make a list of those books that although I really WANT to read, I find them super intimidating for some reason. Sometimes I see the fact of being intimidated by a book as such a silly situation, right? But it happens to all of us at some point, so I thought it would be a good idea to share this list with you and tell you what I feel about each book so that in some way we can chat about it and shake off all those doubts, insecurities and general intimidation by them. 🥰 
What I plan to do is share with you my top 10 most intimidating books that I’ve added to my TBR either in Goodreads or that I already own, you’ll be able to see in addition to each title, its synopsis and a brief explanation of why I feel intimidated by it. 😊  The books aren’t ordered in a specific way, just random, so I hope you can help me change my ideas and tell me a little about what you think about them, as well as share your most intimidating books with me. 👏🏻 I can’t wait to show you my lists, so … Let’s get started! 🌵


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A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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This one is easy because I know that it intimidates me because this book has more than 800 pages! plus I could use this book as a weapon easily, so that’s already intimidating lol. Beyond that, I would love to read it because it has dragons and I’ve heard the best things about the world and its political construction. 


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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

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I would really love to read this book, especially after the movie came out, I’ve been seeing that everyone who has been reading it for the first time has loved it, so I want to try it, but again, it’s a BIG BOY, and it’s also a classic, Those are two really intimidating factors for me, especially since I’m not sure if the writing style will be for me.


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Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

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This book sounds incredible, no doubt, but my intimidating factor here is the author herself, and I know … I’ve never read the author, so I don’t have why to feel that way, but something in my head tells me that although I’ve I heard that she writes atmospherically, it could be something heavy and slow to read. That thought has stopped me from trying both this one and The Night Circus, but I hope you can change this paradigm because I feel like maybe I could enjoy her stories.


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When Rin aced the Keju — the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies — it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard — the most elite military school in Nikan — was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power — an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive — and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away.

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity … and that it may already be too late.

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I’ve heard incredible things about this book and the genre of adult fantasy is something I want to try more, but I’m very intimidated by the hype. And this factor is very common in me, I don’t know if it happens to you guys, but when I see a book everywhere then I try to avoid it at all costs, maybe it’s the pressure that the community unintentionally puts on yourself and maybe I don’t like the book and then everyone will come after me lol. I don’t know, guys, I’ve heard a lot about the book and I think I could give it a chance to maybe read a couple of chapters, but it intimidates me a lot, that’s for sure.


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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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OMG, this book! A while ago I tried a chapter and I liked it, then I put it in some posts to see if you were interested in seeing me reading it and the conclusion is YES, I want to read it. I want to read it because I would love to know which side I will be in if I hate it completely or love it with my life because I know from how much I have seen of it, that there’s no middle ground and that without a doubt, intimidates me quite a lot. It’s such a well-known book and has so many fans! I hope that if I get to read it once and for all, I’ll enjoy it *fingers crossed*


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My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

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With this book I have a mix of all my feelings with the previous books, first, it’s super loved and highly known so that intimidates me a bit, it’s also quite long, has more than 700 pages I think, and I also know that the trilogy isn’t complete so It’s kind of scary because maybe I’ll love it and I will not be able to finish it, it would be tragic. I’ve been putting it off forever, I know I want to read it because it sounds so poetic and wonderful, so I hope to get all these ideas away from me to finally be able to do it!


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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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Of course, I’m intimidated by this one!! I LOVE Leigh, she’s one of my favorite authors, so, on the one hand, I shouldn’t feel that way, but on the other hand, I think that maybe I don’t like the book, I haven’t been seeing very positive opinions, on the contrary, and that makes me feel insecure. So even when I want to read it, I see myself avoiding it, which is rare when there’s an author that I love so much. I hope to gather courage and finally read it to tell you my thoughts, but am I intimidated by it? YES, and a lot.


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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. 

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Maybe I start to sound somewhat repetitive, but I’ll be completely honest … there’s a lot of hype around this book, everyone who reads it seems to love it and although that sometimes drives you to read a book, this time it makes me intimidated to grab it. It’s also historical fiction and it’s not usually my type of genre, despite that, I want to read it because I know it has paranormal aspects, so I think that could make it easier for me to enter the genre. We’ll see what happens with this, also the series is quite long, but we’ll see.


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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

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Again, I LOVE the author, Laini Taylor marked my life with her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so I was dying to read more by her, but then this book came out and despite hearing incredible things, I never dared to grab it and here I feel that I’m especially intimidated by my idea that it will not be as incredible as her previous trilogy. I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t go into it with so many expectations, but it’s very difficult for me, so I must gather courage and read it!!


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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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Another book that intimidates me because of the great hype that surrounds it, also its fans are quite hardcore, so it scares me to have an unpopular opinion and that they come again for me lol. Obviously, all opinions are valid, but you know, there’s always someone who wouldn’t agree. On the other hand, it is also a plot that sounds quite heavy and hard, so I think it could be slow to read, that’s an assumption absolutely mine without arguments because I’ve never read the author, so I hope as I repeated several times, that you can tell me a little more of it, to stop being afraid and decide to read it!

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I hope you enjoyed it, love & now it’s your turn to tell me EVERYTHING in the comments, you know I love to know your thoughts.

 🌵 Do you agree with any of my thoughts? Have you read any of these books? & What are the books that intimidate you the most, and why? 🌵

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84 thoughts on “To 10 | Most Intimidating Books On my TBR 🌵

  1. I just finished the Starless Sea, and even though it’s atmospheric, it didn’t feel heavy. It was indulgent and wonderful and just what I needed at a time like this. I hope you get to it and enjoy it as much as I did.

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  2. Kristen Bell 😍😍😍😍
    The Starless sea is on my TBR as well, it’s really scary because of the hype surrounding it but I’m excited to read it.
    Nevernight is awesome, the first 120 pages are kind of a drag but after you reach the assassin school it picks up well.
    The same with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, the starting is boring but it gets awesome later
    ACOTAR series, the first book is okay but the rest are epic!
    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them all

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    • I’m also excited by The Starless Sea!! I really should stop thinking about it and just read it! 😅, I hope we both enjoy it & I’m glad you enjoyed Nevernight, thanks for letting me know, that makes me want to read it even more! 😍
      OMG, super excited that you’ve read and enjoyed ACOTAR, I always have so many doubts about that series, but I’ll certainly read it, I’m too curious! & Laini Taylor is my queen, I have no excuses I need to read it 😄

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      • The Starless sea sounds like the perfect plot for book lovers, I am desperately looking forward to read it.
        I was o nervous to read ACOTAR and even more scared to say that I didn’t enjoy the first book since so many people loved it but the series got so much better and I’m so glad I stuck.
        Laini Taylor has a great writing style and I’m really hoping to get to Muse of Nightmares soon

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  3. Nevernight and A Court of Thorns and Roses are some of my favorite reads, I hope you enjoy them. With Nevernight you have to read the notes, at times they are hilarious. Ninth House and The Starless Sea are on my tbr and I can’t wait to see what you think of them.

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    • I’m SO excited that both are among your favorites!! I definitely want to read both and now even more! ❤️ Thank you so much, I hope I enjoy them & I hope we both love Ninth House and The Starless Sea and they’re as amazing as they sound! 😍


    • Oh, I’m SO sorry you didn’t enjoy Little Women as you expected, but hey, that happens and it’s okay. I think Sarah J Maas is one of those authors that either resonate with you or just don’t, right? I’m very curious to find out which side I will be on 😄
      I hope you have an incredible day & thank you SO much for your comment. 🥰


  4. The Name of the Wind and Priory of the Orange Tree both read very quickly. They are written in a good enough pace to keep you hooked and wanting to turn the page. I was so hooked to Priory that I finished it in 3 days. I just kept wanting more.

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    • WOW, that sounds AMAZING!! 🥰 It makes me happy to know that Priory of the Orange Tree kept you SO hooked, that makes me feel even more excited to read it, as well as to read The Name of the Wind, I know everyone loves that book. Thank you very much for letting me know! ❤️


  5. So many of these would also be on my list. I’m totally with you on the hype-intimidation. I won’t read a book until like 2 years after release if people go nuts about it so I can go into it open-minded (neither biased to like it from hearing others nor expecting so much that it then disappoints).

    In terms of disliking a popular book, though, EMBRACE IT! 😀 Seriously – some people just won’t like a book and that’s fine. Your review of a super popular book saying why you don’t like it would be super helpful to someone who usually has the same book preferences as you and save them from the same fate. For example I totally hated Circe which was stupidly popular and still kind of is. But there were also lots of people who felt the same as I did, so either way you won’t be alone. 👍

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    • I’m SO glad you understand my situation about the hype-intimidation thing, I always feel that I sound so silly saying it, but it’s real and I’m glad you feel me!! 😅

      Absolutely!! You’re absolutely right, Jenni, I also have an example myself, I HATE “The Hating Game” and by reviewing it, I’ve found that I’m not the only one so you’re definitely right. Sometimes the idea still intimidates me and it’s nonsense because I know whether I like it or not, I’ll always express my ideas with respect so I shouldn’t be afraid of that. 😊

      Thank you SO SO much for your words, you’re AMAZING and I needed this reminder ❤️


  6. About 1/2 of your lists are also my books but in regards to Ninth House (which I was also extremely iffy about), I heard that once you get past 100 pages or so (since there’s a lot of explaining), it picks up. The person that gave me this advice was also struggling 😂

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  7. That you even have a sublist of books that intimidate you on your TBR list is impressive 🙂 ! (Btw, if you want to experiment with total intimidation, pick up James Joyce’s Ulysses and make sure to read through the first couple pages of Chapter 3; then feel free to give up if you like 🙂 )

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  8. Hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

    I’m scared to start both The Pirory of the Orange Tree and The Starless Sea too but hopefully with self-distancing I might get a chance to read them:) I hope you read Strange the Dreamer soon, it’s one of my favourite duologies.

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    • Thank you so much, honey! I hope you’re safe and healthy too ❤️
      I know, right? they look quite intimidating, but I think they sound amazing, so I hope we both end up enjoying them & OMG, super excited that Strange the Dreamer is one of your favorite duologies! I LOVE Laini Taylor, so no doubt, I’ll read it soon 🥰


  9. I hope you’re staying safe Sofii! 🙂
    I can only say amazing things about the Diviners series. I know it’s large, but once you start you never want the story to end because not only are the plots so engaging but the characters are just so loveable! ❤️
    I get how you feel about Nevernight, it took me a bit to get into those books. They can be very dense and a lot to read, but in the end I truly enjoyed it!
    I hope when you get to reading any of these on your list and that you love them! 😀

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    • Thank you SO much, love! I hope you’re safe and healthy as well ❤️
      OMG, you made The Diviners sounds even better than it already sounds! I know that everyone loves those books, so I know it doesn’t make much sense for me to be intimidated, I have to get over it and go for it because I feel like I’ll love it & I’m glad that in the ending you will enjoy Nevernight, you’re not the first one to mention It gets better as you go, so I keep that in mind when reading it. 😊
      Thank you! I hope you have an incredible day! 🥰

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      • I’m glad I’ve made the Diviners sound even better! I truly hope that if you decide to read it, that you enjoy it! 😀
        Yeah, as I said be warned the beginning is dense but once you get into his writing it’s a great story!

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  10. Oh gosh, I so hear you on several of these! I finally managed to read Priory, despite the intimidation, but I did it as a group read, which I think is probably the only way I could’ve gotten through it. xD I think any book I can use to brain someone without any real effort automatically goes on my intimidating list. And not even having anything to do with the fact that it’s potentially a lethal weapon.

    I definitely hear you about the hype factor sometimes making books seem more intimidating! I have a whole list of those. Name of the Wind would be on mine, too, partly for that reason and partly because of the obscure release date for book three. I don’t want to have to suffer for an indeterminate amount of time.

    I put off reading Nevernight for … forever. I finally picked it up when Darkdawn came out, and boy, I didn’t regret it! Read all three books in succession, really fast, because I loved them so much and had to know what happened to my characters. I know several people who didn’t care for the book, and it’s cool, but there’s definitely a hardcore fanbase. xD

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    • I love that you’ve read it in a group! I think that’s a very good way to read it and that it seems lighter and more dynamic and OMG, I love that you mention that it looks like a lethal weapon because Priory, actually could be one! 😂
      Totally! I’m glad I’m not alone with the hype situation, the pressure is real & I’ve also noticed that The Name of the Wind books take a long time to release, and I’m afraid if I read it and love it, I’ll have to wait a thousand more years to read the rest
      Oh, I’m SO SO glad you loved Nevernight!! I definitely want to put that fear aside and go for it and finally be able to become one of those fans, I’ve heard incredible things about the book and the author’s writing so … * fingers crossed * I hope to enjoy it as much as you did. 😍
      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with me, and I hope you have an incredible day! ❤️

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      • It’s definitely sooo much easier to get through bigger books as a group, I’ve found. Adds an element of accountability and discussion.

        Right! Ugh, and how tedious would it be to have to live for a thousand years just to see how a trilogy ends? And what if it’s a crap ending?! All those years, for nothing.

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  11. Like you, books with too many pages tend to put me off no matter how much I love the writer (hello, J.R. Ward, I’m talking to you!) but maybe reading them in sections would help? I’ve also started to read more than one book at a time. That way if one is bogging me down a bit, I can shift to something lighter for a while- I do this with my writing, as well 🙂
    Stay safe!


    • That’s a GREAT idea, I’m going to try it! Another thing I hoped to do this year is read more than one book at a time, which is super difficult for me for some reason, but I’ll try it in the next month and see how it goes. Thank you SO much for this idea!! 🥰

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  12. Loved Priory! Also A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Poppy War! I read Name of the Wind a long time ago…I have plans to reread it at some point!


  13. I feel like the biggest thing that threw people for a loop re: Ninth House is that it’s not really the genre you expect. Like I know that when I went into it, I thought it was going to be a fantasy book, and while it does have paranormal elements in it, it’s really more of a detective thriller (in my opinion). It’s a great time to tackle scary books though!


    • I’m so glad you mentioned that! I’d heard something similar about the book, that’s not what everyone is expecting, so I’ll have it in mind before reading it. 😊 Even if it’s a kind of a detective/mystery book with a paranormal twist, I think I could enjoy it, so I really should read it once and for all 😅


  14. i HIGHLY recommend the audiobook form audible for little women. it’s a full cast plus it has special effects added to it!! big books & classics also terrify me but I’m so glad i listened to the audio book of this one!! Good luck with reading all those big books 🙂

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    • I LOVE this idea! and I LOVE that has a full cast, it’s one of my favorite things, so I’ll definitely listen to you and go for the audiobook!! Thank you for letting me know, I think it will be lighter and easier for me to enjoy it that way ❤️


  15. I hope you’re doing well in Argentina, Sofi 💛💛💛 this virus has taken a lot out of us, but I hope we all get through it together!!
    Ohhhh, this list has an even number of books I’ve read and books I’m also intimidated by. I’ve read Strange the Dreamer, The Poppy War, and The Diviners, and I think I rated them all 4 stars! Strange the Dreamer’s writing and pacing isn’t for everyone, but if the writing works for you, it’ll truly be worth the read. The Poppy War has great worldbuilding and main characters, but be warned that it’s dark, and has heavy trigger warnings for sexual assault, graphic violence, drug addiction, and basically any other trigger than you can think of. it really wasn’t an easy read. As for The Diviners, I think that the setting makes the book worth the read, even though you’re not much of a fan of historical fiction. It’s not my favorite genre as well, but the way Libba Bray wrote the setting truly transformed the reading experience for me. So overall, I think it’s understandable that you’re intimidated by these books–they certainly aren’t for everyone–but I actually enjoyed them, and I recommend at least giving them a try 🥰🥰
    The Name of the wind, The Starless Sea, and Priory are on my TBR as well! The Name of the Wind and Priory scare me SO MUCH because of how long they are:(( But I think I have a good chance of enjoying them! I’ve heard a little mixed things about The Starless Sea, but I’m hoping to enjoy it because it’s on my 5-star prediction TBR 🥰
    I hope you enjoy all of these, Sofi 💛💛💛

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    • Thanks, sweetie!! ❤️ It really is quite stressful but everything will be fine while we stay at home.😊
      I LOVE Laini Taylor’s writing style, so I don’t think that is an impediment, I feel I’ll really going to love it, I have to leave the fear behind and go for it.👏🏻 Wow The Poppy War sounds so shocking & powerful, I’ll keep in mind what you tell me about the delicate content, but I really want to read it! Super excited.😍
      I’m SO glad that The Diviners has worked for you even when it’s historical, you’re the best, I can’t wait to read all of these!!
      I hope you really enjoy Starless Sea!! I would love to know your opinion & OMG, Caitlin you’re a gem, thank you SO much for your amazing and informative comment! Now I feel super excited to read them all 🥰👏🏻✨

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  16. I almost bought The Priory of the Orange Tree when it was marked down, but then I saw it was 800 pages and I shied away. I read The Diviners and plan to continue with the series when I can fit it in.

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  17. You’ve got some great books on here! A lot of them can be challenging in different ways (at least the ones I’ve read). I think the one that intimidated me the most was Priory of the Orange Tree. It wound up being a tough read and while I didn’t enjoy the experience of reading it I did love a lot of the things it explores. 🙂

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  18. Hey Sofii, I want to read Little Women too. Maybe you would want to maybe buddy read it with me? We can get through the intimidating classic novel together.

    I’ve read most of the books you have on this list–still have Priory and Name of the Wind on my TBR–and I can say that I’ve enjoyed them as wonderfully wildly different fantasy reads.

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    • I LOVE the idea!! We definitely have to do that, although I can’t tell you right now when, but we’ll do that buddy read for sure. 🥰
      I’m so glad that you’ve liked both! maybe they’re the ones that intimidate me the most, so I must read them and get over that, I hope to love them 😍✨

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  19. I was also intimidated by Nevernight before I read it because of the hype but I ended up really enjoying it and the second book in the series too, I still need to read the third. I loved The Diviners as well, it’s such a great series and so atmospheric!

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  20. These are some amazing picks! True, they’re all so large, but oh so worth it. I absolutely loved Strange the Dreamer, ACOTAR (though it is riddled with issues), The Starless Sea (yes, it’s a little slow but extremely atmospheric), and Little Women (one of the best classics I’ve read). Ninth House was a little in the center for me. I liked it, but didn’t love it. In the Name of the Wind is on my TBR too and I’ve been putting it off for a second now because of how large it is, but I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I think it will be an amazing experience, regardless of size. I hope you enjoy them all once you get around to facing them ❤

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  21. Wow what a list (great post idea btw). So I’ve heard of most of these books, read/listened to several and have some on my TBR as well.

    Of those I’ve listened to (Audible) Priory of the Orange Tree I did not like. I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t terrible but I thought it was much too long. If it were up to me I would have shaved off a lot of the story. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing and structure of it, at least not for this story. I also listened to The Diviners. That started slow for me, I wasn’t loving it at first because I didn’t think it was all that interesting. But by the end I was happy and making a note to myself to continue with the series. Another Audible listen for me was Strange the Dreamer. I’m seeing a pattern here, that these huge books start S…L…O…W and sometimes kind of boring to be honest. Strange the Dreamer really irritated me in the beginning. I did not like Laslo, I thought he was a flat character. I really wanted the story to pick up and boy did it. By the end I was raving about it. I have not yet read the second book as I’m putting some time between me and it but I certainly will. Finally for my audio books from this list, I am currently listening to Name of the Wind. It was sort of an accidental buy but I didn’t mind after I saw all the good marks for it. This book reminds me a lot of The Lord of the Rings. I’m starting to think I enjoy but don’t LOVE epic fantasy. I guess I have a short attention span. (I listened to Ruin of Kings – took a bit to get into but highly recommend – and I’m currently reading Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare) and this long book is a NO GO for me. I’m 500 pages in and still waiting for the story to GET MOVING. If I had to read the WHOLE SERIES I’d bury my head in the sand.) But back to The Name of the Wind. It’s certainly interesting, but be prepared for a long drawn out journey.

    I will add The Poppy War to my TBR now thanks to you. And maybe A Court of Thorns and Roses. Ninth House is already there. Meanwhile Nevernight I keep hearing about but can’t remember why I haven’t added it. I guess now it sounds more interesting…?

    I’m with a lot of you in that I avoid books that EVERYONE is raving about. Okay maybe not always but sometimes I just don’t want to be a part of the trend, unless maybe it sounds irresistible. Like you I have worried about saying something bad about a loved book. I see lots of people here like Priory and I wonder what I missed, but I will not change my opinion. It just wasn’t for me.

    One way I’m trying to tackle intimidating books (though I don’t have a list) is get them as audio books. I feel like maybe they’ll be less intimidating because I’m listening to them whenever (doing other stuff) and not always looking at the book being reminded how much more there is to go. Plus if you have a subscription then one credit is one credit, whether it’s a giant book or a little one. I found that to be a good reason to do Audible books because then I use one credit on a super book. And sometimes they have great sales.

    Well there’s my long drawn out answer. 😉

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    • I’m glad you liked the post idea ❤️ & I fully understand what you mean, I think long books certainly have a slow start in common.
      I’m so glad you ended up enjoying Strange The Dreamer, I’m excited to read it. So glad, as well, that you have added some to your TBR and that we can think the same!
      You’re absolutely right! when a book isn’t for you, it’s just that and it’s fine, it’s always respectable and valuable, it has happened to me a couple of times with very popular books, so I feel you. 🥰
      I’m planning to start listening to more audios, I’m not used to it, so it’s kind of strange to me at times, but I’ll definitely be doing it more now.

      Thanks for your amazing comment, I love that you share your experiences with me about all these books, you’re great! ✨❤️

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      • Audio books definitely are their own thing and can take some getting used to. If I’m not careful and get bored or distracted listening I’ll just keep listening, doing whatever task I’m doing (cleaning, driving) and forget to pay attention to the story. I’ll be full of thoughts then hear a new chapter started. Whoops! At least I can rewind. 😉

        After I wrote that long comment I realized that I did not represent The Name of the Wind accurately. I’ve been listening to it every since thinking man I have got to amend my comment on her blog. Lol. It really is a great book, very well written, but it is a long long journey. I’m glad I’m listening to it, I like the narrator better and better, and the story only gets better. After I’m done with these couple long books I think I need something short or normal length so I can stop being so critical of the long hauls. LOL!!!

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  22. Omg I’m very keen to see what your thoughts are on ACOTAR – I enjoyed it, but I hate the MC so much hahaha 😅I can totally see why The Diviners would be intimidating – aside from the hype, the books are BIG BOYS. But I can tell you they are 100000% worth it, the only word I can think of to describe them is enchanting 😍I also felt really intimidated by Strange the Dreamer until I finally bit the bullet & read it last year, and I LOVED it!

    Hope you get a chance to read some of these books this year 😉

    💛 Ngoc

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    • I’ve heard SO many things about ACOTAR, both bad and good, so I’m definitely curious! 😄 OMG, I’m so happy that you enjoyed The Diviners, I have that feeling that I’ll love it, so I should read it soon & I have no idea why I’m so intimidated by Strange The Dreamer because I adore the author, so I hope to love it as much as you did once I read it! 🥰✨
      Thank you, honey, for your comment and share your thoughts with me, I hope you have a beautiful day ❤️

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  23. One of my 2020 reading goals is to read my more of my intimidating books or books over 500+ pages. I’m almost finished with The Starless Sea but I did have to put it down. I’m also reading A Conjuring of Light. The Priory is on my intimidating books TBR. I found that Nevernight and The Poppy War flew by once I got hooked, but I take a lot of reading breaks with high fantasy so they don’t put me in a slump.

    Hype and fandoms put me off from reading a series, too! I’ve intentionally waited 1-2+ years to read a highly beloved series for that same reason.

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    • I wish you the best of luck with your goal for 2020! I’m sure you can do it, it’s super inspiring that you’re reading the books that most intimate you, I have to just do it myself.👏🏻 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on all those books with me! ❤️✨


  24. Oh, Little Women is so good!! I hope you like it. I’ve also read Nevernight (first two amazing) ACOTAR (first two great), but the rest are also on my TBR… I also have The Dark Artifices on mine (seriously, they’re like 600 pages EACH), and Crescent City, and The Mirror Visitor books!!
    Sending love to you too, I hope you’re ok with all this madness xx

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    • I can’t wait to read Little Woman, I’m SO excited, I’ve heard the best things! Thanks for letting me know your thoughts about the other ones! there are so many books that can be intimidating, right? we have to get over it and go for them! Thank you beautiful, I hope you’re saved too and have a good April ❤️✨😊

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