Big books scare me. There. I said it. I don’t like picking up big books as I’m worried they’ll take me a while to get through and I prefer reading things quickly. Unfortunately, there are some big books out there that look good, and I do still plan to read them. They just intimidate the hell out of me.
And that’s not the only thing about certain books that intimidates me. It’s just the main reason. So I just wanted to do a quick post talking about some of these books. Hopefully, you guys can tell me how amazing they are and make me want to pick them up sooner!
The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
Oh boy, this one is a big boy at 643 pages, and I’m pretty sure they only get thicker. I’m not even looking at the Stormlight Archive books yet. I might actually cry if I do. If a book is so thick it needs to be split into two editions then it’s too thick, okay? But let’s get back to The Final Empire. This is a series that one of my best friends has been bugging me to pick up for ages. It’s one of her favourites and she’s been telling me I’ll love it. I finally have a copy and I am excited to get to it.
It’s just so thick and so well-loved. I’m scared guys, what if I dislike it and it puts me in a slump? I mean, okay, let’s be real, if I don’t like it, I will just DNF. I have no qualms with that. But it’s still a fear.
All I know about this book is that it’s the first book in a massive series. It’s based in a world where the evil lord won, and people can develop magic by ingesting types of metal. That very concept fascinates me, and it’s all I really need to know. I’ve read Sanderson before – Skyward – and I did enjoy it. So I’m thinking I should enjoy this too. It’s just…well…thick.
Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier
This is a book that I had no plans to buy any time soon though I was interested in it and didn’t think would be quite so large. I think maybe that’s just the edition I have. It’s about as tall as a slightly larger hardback and it’s 538 pages long. It’s a big boi and honestly, I don’t know what to think about its size. The last book I tried to read by Juliet Marillier was a lot shorter and smaller. But I saw this in a charity shop and just had to pick it up. Now I’m kind of dreading it but not at the same time?
Again, I don’t know much about this book. I’d seen Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction talk about these books so I know this is a retelling of The Six Swans – one of my favourite fairytales – and from the back, I can see it’s set in Ancient Ireland. That just sounds so right up my alley and I’m damn excited by this concept. But I’ve since been informed that there is a graphic gang rape scene of the teenage MC about halfway through. I’m not hiding that as a spoiler as it’s something that people shouldn’t go into the book unaware of. It’s not something I’d be comfortable not mentioning to anyone who wanted to read the book so I’m including here. Now, that’s not something triggering for me and I’ve been told the recovery is a well done and important theme. So I trust that it’s done well. But it is something that makes me a little uncomfortable about picking it up.
I still want to read it. I’m just gonna have to be in a good headset and I don’t know. It might be a difficult one and that is intimidating.
Oh, I also want to add that this isn’t the version of the book I have. This was just what I could find on Amazon.
From Blood and Ash – Jennifer L. Armentrout
This might not be one you expect to see me wanting to read. Honestly, it’s a surprise from me. I tried reading her YA series Lux, but I had to put the first book down due to a trashy, over-controlling LI. I’m not about that, thanks. But I’ve seen so many people talking about that I wound up getting it on audio.
And I did start it and weirdly? I was actually really enjoying the world-building. I didn’t get very far at all. I just wasn’t in the mood for it. But because it’s a thick book and it’s a genre that I don’t usually enjoy, I’m really intimidated by this one. And I know I shouldn’t be. I picked it up because I thought it would be something fun and a little different to listen to. And like I said, I was really enjoying the world-building. But I’m scared to go back to it in case I wind up hating it. And I want to love it. But I guess we’ll see how I feel about it when I get to it.
Again, I know next to nothing about this book. I know it’s supposed to have vampires in, that it’s smutty and the love interest is Hawke. And that’s about it. You’re gonna see a theme here when it comes to what I know about books…maybe if I knew more I’d be less intimidated XP.
So, I know that’s not many books, but it’s all I could think of for now out of the ones I own. What books do you own that you’re intimidated by? Let me know down below.