Books On My TBR That Intimidate Me

There have been a few books that I have avoided reading, either due to their subject matter or length. Today, I thought I would share some books that I would love to read someday, once I get over my fears that a) they may emotionally wreck me; b) I may be scared shitless after reading them and; c) it may take me several months to finish them ( as I am a slow reader hehe!).

Without any further ado, let’s begin.

1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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A Little Life is known as a highly depressing book, but it has an average rating of 4.31 on Goodreads, which is proof of how widely loved it is. Fellow readers have advised me that I need to be in a good headspace to read it. I would love to read this book, but I need to be mentally prepared to be an emotional wreck. And look at that cover! Seems to me like its warning readers for what to come in the later pages!

2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang


A book about a woman converting to vegetarianism leading to frightening consequences? I am quite scared to read this!

3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


I am pretty sure this book is good, but as with A Little Life, I am not sure I can handle the depressing aspects of this book.

4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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This classic is about 1376 pages and even though I really want to read it, it is nevertheless intimidating.

5. War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy


Another tome of a book, that I hope to read one day.

6. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


I want to read this one, but I am scared to do so due to all the triggering content I have heard are in this book!

7. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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A book that one of the bookstagrammers whose recommendations I trust gave a high rating to, but its apparently disturbing and I need to gather some courage before reading this book.

8. Your House Is On fire, Your Children All Gone by Stephan Kiesbye


Kat spoke about this book in her video “BLAZING FALL READZ” and I have been curious about it since then. Of course, it’s scary (its horror, duh me!) and I am not yet ready to read this one.

9. I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid

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I have seen the Netflix adaptation of this book and it’s bizarre and very depressing, to be honest! I have heard this book is unsettling too.

10. Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Firstly, do not be deceived by the cute cover! This book is apparently very disturbing. And yes, I do wish to read it, someday.

What do you think about these books? Have you read them? What are some books that you find intimidating? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Les Miserables and War and Peace definitely intimidate me as well haha, they are huge!


    1. Agreed! I hope you are able to read them one day too! 🙂

  2. Well, Les Misérables didn’t intimidate me despite the size- I already had knowledge of the musical and that helped.

    War and Peace was sitting my shelf until I decided I don’t want to read it- dislike Anna Karenina.

    1. Thats great that you weren’t scared by Les Miserables! I haven’t watched its musical so I have a vague idea of it.

      Oh sorry to hear you didn’t like Anna Karenina. I started the book in May this year but am yet to complete it!

      1. If I had zero knowledge of the musical, I would have been intimated by it.

      2. I do know that if I didn’t have the knowledge of the musical- I would have walked right past that book.

        I love the old classics

      3. I hope I can read the book and watch the musical too someday!
        Yes! classics are just so well written!

  3. I really liked ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things,’ but Iain Reid’s book ‘Foe’ is even better. I also really liked ‘Mapping the Interior’ and ‘Mongrels’ by Stephen Graham Jones, I haven’t read ‘The Only Good Indians’ yet but I really want to! 🙂

    1. I would definitely check all these books out!

  4. Les misérables kind of intimidates me too.. first as I don’t read classic to start with, and mostly because i’ve heard of many loving it and i’m scared of it being “too much” for me. Historical/war periods aren’t my thing either.

    We had started the movie of “im thinking of ending things” with my parents and ended up stopping as it was too wierd xD though dad was the one having the controller so, I didn’t had a say in that rofl

    1. I am scared of the book emotionally wrecking me as well!

      I saw “I am thinking of ending things” and felt it was weird too! Haha I don’t blame your dad, it definitely is a freaky movie! 😀

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