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60-Day Book Meme - Day 50

Day 50 - Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?


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Mar. 18th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't say that I find any book intimidating. Perhaps the closest I can come is tackling Gone With the Wind at the age of 11. I remember doing a 20 page book report on it and my teacher being less-than-pleased with that.

One of the most challenging books I've read, though I would not call it intimidating, is The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, by Shing-Tung Yao and Steve Nadis. The mathematics were rather complex and took some thinking to fully grasp, but it was not impossible to do so if you have a background in math.
Mar. 19th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
honestly, with what I am dealt in life right now, anything over a few hundred pages is intimidating. I want to read game of thrones, but can't commit because my reading time is limited.
I also want to read lord of the rings, but I tried to as a teenager and couldn't get into it.
I love the movies and would love to have a deeper understanding of middle earth and all of the races and such... I just don't know if I'll ever actually pick up the books.
Mar. 19th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Most intimidating book I've finished is Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. I actually dry-heaved reading the infamous "Guts" story, and the book had graphic content I wasn't usually used to reading, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, on the other hand, I don't think I can finish. The violence made me squeamish and I'm too afraid to approach what people call "the rat scene." I'll stick with the movie, kthnx. :P
Mar. 19th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
Most intimidating I've read...
It was CG Jung, can't even recall the title, but I remember it felt rewarding once I finished it.

Most intimidating to even start...
The Bible.
And The Silmarillion.

They're both holy... Interesting.

Edited at 2014-03-19 04:37 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
I guess any thick book (over 500+ pages or something) would be one, but one example could be the Bible, any version (I have several)... but once you get over the start, and don't read many pages per day - I read about 4 pages per day to read one of mine within a year - it's fine. :)
Mar. 19th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'd call this intimidating, but I never did finish reading the dictionary. (And the one I was reading was a *huge* one, tall and a lot of pages.)
Mar. 21st, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
I love to read intimidating books. Well, I love AND hate it! I think Gone With The Wind was pretty intimidating (I never did finish it though because I watched the movie and got tired of the book like an idiot). And the Frank Sinatra biography I'm slowly getting through now is 800 pages.

There are others I think but I can't recall them right now.
Mar. 21st, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
The most intimidating book I’ve ever read is Ulysses, by James Joyce. I was so impressed by the size, the critics about it, the writing style... but it was awesome ! <3
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