Top Ten Tuesdays: Intimidating Books


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish 🙂

I prepared hardcore for this one. Apart from having to Google ‘intimidate’ and put this list together, I also decided to divert from my original template and actually group together my picks, based on the categories I built. In other words, I maximized my obsessive-compulsive tendencies to come up with an organized post that as always, you guys are welcome to comment on or like.

My features are books I’ve thought once or twice about trying out, but never really got to, for various reasons. I won’t change up the entire format so you guys can continue adding to your own TBR piles, but if perchance you’ve read any of these titles, I’d be glad to know which of them aren’t all that intimidating after all. Share the love and happy Tuesday!

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Comes From More Than A Trilogy I’m Not Sure I Can Catch Up To

1. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Ally Carter)

Gallagher Girls

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

2. The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare)

City of Bons

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

3. Gone (Gone, Michael Grant)


In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

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Reviews Are Mediocre, And My Opinion May Be No Different

4. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Maggie Stiefvater)


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

5. Matched (Matched, Ally Condie)


Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

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Mediocre Reviews And From More Than A Trilogy

6. Marked (House of Night, P.C. and Kristin Cast)


The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

7. Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz)

Blue Bloods

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

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A Great Book With A Synopsis That Just Doesn’t Speak To Me

8. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

Book Thief

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

9. Looking For Alaska (John Green)

Looking For Alaska

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

10. Hopeless (Hopeless, Colleen Hoover)


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

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So what do you think? If you have any opinions, suggestions, or any idea which one of these is a worthwhile read, please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me!



44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Intimidating Books

  1. Wow, I’ve read or thought about reading a lot of these. I’ve read one or two of the Gallagher girls books but wasn’t that into them. I can’t remember why. The Gone series is on my list – I read two and I want to know what happens but I just can’t bring myself to read them. Loooooved Shiver, but I’ve seen the bad reviews. I think I would have done better to read the Matched trilogy books closer together instead of having to try to remember everything. I know I didn’t really care for the last one, but I think I read the first two closer together and liked them better.

    I did not like House of Night (and gave up halfway through the series) for a really stupid reason. I mean, there were other reasons, but my main reason was really, really stupid and minor and now everybody’s wondering what it is. It’s because when the main character wants something to drink, she always asks for “brown pop.” Not pop (which would be bad enough, because it’s soda where I live) or Coke or whatever, it’s always “brown pop.” I don’t know if it’s a real Oklahoma thing or a PC Cast thing or what, but I find that SO irritating that I had to stop reading the series.

    And now I’ve written a novel in your comments.

    • HAHA! Brown pop, really? That isn’t stupid, I think it’s quite cute 😀 I think I might give Shiver a chance, since Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author in her own right (love The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races), but I think I’ll make a pass for House of Night. I’m really interested in the story behind The Gallagher Girls, because I LOVE anything spy- I just don’t know if I have the time or patience enough to catch up. When does than even end? Haha! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

      • LOL, it bothers me so much that I thought about it all night! I just kept thinking, “Brown pop. Brown pop.” I hope you like Shiver. I’m having trouble getting into The Raven Boys, but I did like The Scorpio Races (after I didn’t expect to). I’ve put it aside but it’s still on my Kindle so I’ll get back to it.

      • BROWN POP! Haha sorry not helping 😀 Let’s just steer clear of that then :O I’m not even sure if I’ll start with Shiver, what with the sequel to Raven Boys coming up… maybe I’ll get to read myself some Maggie Stief, just not that particular series. But I do want to read it if only to satisfy my curiosities. Sometimes it’s hard to believe a great author like Maggie can write something I won’t be able to appreciate in the least 🙂 Ugh, I am SO indecisive!

  2. I actually haven’t read anything by Ally Carter, but I’ve heard that all of her novels are really cute and I’d like to pick one up. Looking For Alaska was really good! Though I prefer The Fault In Our Stars, the characters in LfA were very endearing. I want to read Hopeless! I wish I could tell you good things about Matched, but I thought it was extremely slow and very boring. Happy reading!

    • Well I guess just for the sake of not missing out on a good story, The Gallagher Girls becomes an eligible choice for me 😀 Can’t say I’m still not scared to start, but there’s definitely some sort of motivation. I almost forgot it was by Ally Carter. Haha! Maybe I’ll pass up on Matched too, though everyone says Hopeless is good, and usually the synopsis doesn’t say all that much about the content- maybe I should stop relying on it greatly. After all, I wouldn’t have picked up the 5th Wave that way (and I would seriously regret that). Maybe I’ll see if Looking For Alaska appeals to me as much as The Fault. I have a copy right here, and I guess it’d be a shame to let it stay unread. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Well that’s great to hear that you appreciated City of Bones 😀 I’m half lazy, half skeptical when it comes to reading books from really long series, but I guess if it’s good, there’s no real reason to pass it up 😀 Besides, I love Cassie Clare 🙂 I’m still having an internal debate as to whether or not Looking For Alaska is a worthy read. I’ll never know till I try though! Opinions generally differ. but we’ll see! 😀

  3. I’ve read Matched, and whilst it’s not the best book ever I think it’s okay. Just don’t expect to be blown away. I really enjoyed Hopeless, but it is incredibly hyped. I think that’s the problem sometimes. Books are so hyped that you get your hopes up and sometimes end up being disappointed.

    • Yes, I agree with that! I guess sometimes, people are intimidated because of the hype, and end up getting scared that they’re the only ones who won’t like it as much :O Although, Hopeless seems like a pretty cool book 🙂 I don’t think I’m all too excited about Matched though 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I completely agree with your categories! There are some books that I kind of wish I could love as much as everyone else, but I don’t think I will so I shy away from them D:

    • Thanks! And that’s true, sometimes it’s the story that confuses me, and the hype, and it gets scary when you want to love something but you know you won’t :O So agreed! 🙂

  5. I just started reading Shiver yesterday, so I’ll definitely be sure to let you know what I think about it once I’m done with the series. (Not that my opinion is really that important, but I’m going to give it to you anyways! Ha.) I will say that The Book Thief is amazing and I hope you try it out someday. Out of all of these, that’s the only one that makes me go Nooooooo… Though I did see it on a couple other TTTs today!

    • Oh really? That’s great! And no, more often than not, your opinions count for a lot 😀 Oh, rhyme. HAHA! If you say the Book Thief’s amazing, then I guess I believe you 🙂 I might try it out someday, and who knows, maybe it’s something more to my liking! 😀 Still not changing my mind when I say it’s pretty intimidating though! Not just cause of the hype, which I get- the story in itself sounds pretty heart wrenching. But I like that, so we’ll see…

  6. You have to read Hopeless!!! And Looking for Alaska and Mortal Instruments. Most of the books on your list, I’ve actually read already. They are all such good books. I understand how you may find them intimidating but you shouldn’t pass them up!

    • Okay, I am officially moving Hopeless up a notch. I’m probably going to read TMI maybe next summer (which you and I both know is far, far away) and since Looking For Alaska is a JG book, I might just be able to find some space for it. Maybe 😀 Thanks for the recommendations Hazel (and by the way, Baguio is a beautiful place. I miss it).

    • Blue Bloods is sooo lengthy. It would have been worth it if the reviews were better, but they’re not that great, so I’m really skeptical. And I loved the Fault! I guess that IS an intimidation factor, when the author just has to live up to another one of his titles (albeit a newer one). And thank you Becca!

  7. I’m scared to read Blue Bloods too! I’ve enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s other books, but didn’t LOVE it. And The Book Thief! I feel that I’m the only one who hasn’t read it and I’m so intimidated by it too. What if I hate that famous book?
    Great list & thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

    • Yes, Blue Bloods IS quite the scare isn’t it? I happen to have found the plot interesting, and though I’m not the biggest fan of vampire novels, this one sounded quite unique. I just don’t have the drive enough for it, and neither do I have the time. *sigh* The Book Thief was an honest pick, and though many would beg to differ, I still don’t know if that book is for me. I’m open to changing my mind though! It’s the odd-man-out factor at work, I guess. You’re welcome, and thank you as well 😀

  8. Great List! ( I love the birds on your backround, btw!!!) I read almost all the “trilogies” that you’ve listed, and they’ve been pretty amazing. Matched was a good read, however I wasn’t a big fan of the Last book (Reached) COB was amazing, except its now a sixtuplet! (I think that’s 6) Anyways.. I’ve read all them except the latest. I also read the first 2 in the Mercy Wolf series (Shiver) but I haven’t got to the 3rd one, since I kinda just lost interest. I loved Hopeless, but I can see why people would get intimidated by it. Not only is it a Colleen Hoover book but it it’s hyped to the max. I actually just finished reading Losing Hope, yesterday… So beautiful. Holder’s POV was completely different but exactly the same, if y’konw what I mean. Anyways – great list, great blog, LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    • Thank you! (Both for visiting and for the comment on the birds.) I’m still not sure about picking myself up a copy of the Matched trilogy, because the story STILL sounds petty to me, way too reminiscent of Delirium, but I’m definitely thinking of finding time for City of Bones. I would probably have been less intimidated by it if Cassie Clare stopped at book 3. Haha! But she didn’t and I’m not sure if that works for or against her. She’s amazing though! I guess I’m just half-scared of this series not living up to The Infernal Devices, which was stellar. I’m still waiting for recommendations on The Wolves of Mercy Falls 😀 And everyone’s been telling me to just get on with Hopeless, so there’s definitely enough hope for that! Sometimes it’s great to have second opinions. I’m open to changing my mind anyways once I get over the intimidation 🙂

    • Oh, well at least I’m not alone! I’m just really scared of investing in a lengthy series I might not even appreciate in the first place 😦 Oh well. Though I hope YOU get to finish so that maybe I can get some sort of recommendation. Haha! And thank you, I worked hard on this design. Also for stopping by 😀

    • Hmm, alright then I’ll keep that in mind 😀 As for Looking For Alaska, people have very differing opinions, so I’ll probably do another mental deliberation before anything else 🙂 Love John Green though. And thanks for stopping by Stormy!

    • Maybe you’re intimidated too…? Or you have a huge pile, and they can’t help but fade into the background 😀 I’m not sure what’s different, but I haven’t heard a lot of good about those, and that’s the main reason why I’m hesitant– the stories seem okay, but the reviews I’ve seen are disagreeable. But then again, a lot of people my age absolutely adore both. Maybe I’m part of the audience 😀 And thank you!

  9. I recently read Shiver, Linger, and Finale and was pleasantly surprised. I know a lot of people compare it to Twilight, but I don’t see it. That trilogy is so much better, and I just flew through those books. Loved them.
    Like Asti said above, I also groaned when I read The Book Thief. I understand why people have it on their lists today, but seeing as how it’s one of my all-time favourite books, I urge you to read it. It can make even the cynics cry.
    I had read I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You waaaaaaay back in grade 11 and I thought it was just okay. I didn’t bother reading the rest of the books. Same with Marked. I read it a couple of years ago after a friend told me how amazing it was, but I couldn’t stand it. I refused to read the rest of the books in that series.
    City of Bones is actually really great. I absolutely love that series. I started it in high school and I’m pleased to say I still am entertained when I read them today.

    • Hmm… this is definitely something that could change my mind! Truthfully, I’ve always just wanted someone to confirm the good in The Wolves of Mercy Falls, because my interest’s always been piqued by that one. I just wasn’t sure because of the feedback, but like I said, it varies from person to person 🙂 We’ll see! A lot of people have been telling me to read the Book Thief, even before this meme, but I’m still not sure. Then again, a lot of people do seem to love it, and I’m rarely any different 😀 It seems like such a deep and heart rending book! I’m honestly more interested in The Gallagher Girls than in Marked, and I guess you somehow strengthened that opinion. Haha! City of Bones will probably be read sometime next summer, or whenever I have enough to invest in that entire series. Or maybe I’ll just wait for the conclusion and see how it goes for everyone else. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I liked Shiver, I think the writing is lovely….I could overlook a few problems with the story lol. I have read City of Bones but that’s it…I liked it more than I expected to but I feel the same way about series books. Sometimes you’re just too far behind and it’s too hard to catch up. I’ve never read the Vampire Academy books for the same reason.

    Everyone loves The Book Thief except me! I liked it but I definitely didn’t gush over it like almost everyone else did. For me the book ends at the most interesting part!

    I recently just read Hopeless and there are implausibilities everywhere and teen boys acting like they’re 35 but the emotions are pretty good. It was pretty much what I expected it to be!

    • So as of the moment, I’m reconsidering my thoughts on The Wolves of Mercy Falls. People keep saying the prose is great, and I love an author with a way with words. Then again, Maggie Stiefvater IS a pretty eloquent writer! I’m actually expecting to like City of Bones- I guess it’s just the time it takes both to read and review it that bothers me. But vampire Academy was good! I guess The Book Thief isn’t for everyone, but I’m still unsure about that one. Maybe if my brother picks a copy up, I’ll see where it takes me 🙂 As for Hopeless, I’m quite interested. I don’t know if physical copies are available anywhere, but I guess once I get over feeling intimidated, I might just try to try it out. Thanks for the visit!

  11. Oooh yes, Gone and Shiver series for sure for me too! The House of Night one’s pretty meh. I read about 4 into the series and definitely didn’t care enough to keep going…

    Thanks for stopping by – and I love your blog design & colours!!

    Michele | TTT

    • YAY WE AGREE! I’m just not into starting book series (lengthy ones) that I might not even like, based on the feedback anyway. ESPECIALLY Marked. And you’re welcome! Thanks as well for the visit, and for the comment on the design 😀 Glad to know people find the aesthetics quite pleasing. Ha!

  12. The Book Thief and Shiver are on my list, too! And I’d totally suggest you read Matched. I loved Crossed more than Matched and I’m so nervous about reading Reached. Looking for Alaska and Hopeless are on my to-read list and I’m in the middle of The Mortal Instruments series.

    • Haha, again with the similarities! It’s great to know I’m not totally on my own in this. As for Matched, I’ll have to think about it 😀 I think it’s more appealing to people my age actually. Especially with the swoon factor, I hear! But I’m still unsure. there are many other great things out there waiting to be read, I’m sure you’d understand 😀 If you get around reading Looking for Alaska and Hopeless, tell me what you think! I’d want to know about what you thought of them 🙂 I’m thinking of starting City of Bones sometime on the near (or not so near) future actually. I just need to find the time. And thank YOU for finding time to stop by! 🙂

  13. Word of advice: don’t read the House of Night books unless you like heroines who jump between guys and fawn over themselves.

    I haven’t read The Book Thief even thought people like it a lot. Probably that’s the reason why I haven’t read it, actually.. And I liked City of Bones and the two books after, but I think Clare made a mistake continuing the series with three more books. Sebastian/Jonathan is just not that interesting to me. And I kinda hate him.

    • Okay, I’ll take your word for it 🙂 I’m still deciding about reading The Book Thief. Maybe I’ll get there, maybe I won’t. But people say it’s great, so may be one day my curiosity will get the better of me. Who really knows? 😀 Hmm I guess, if I start reading the first three books to The Mortal Instruments, I’ll have practically no choice but to finish with the rest 🙂

  14. I get intimidated by huge series too! I’ve now started to just try the first book and if it doesn’t really speak to me then not to commit myself any further. House of Night wasn’t up my alley but the first book was a fairly easy and quick read. As is Shiver.

    I have to admit… I didn’t love the book thief but sometimes I feel a little left out because EVERYONE else is raving. Nice to know I’m not alone!

    • Haha I guess I can’t really classify The Book Thief into ‘love’ or ‘don’t love’ yet, because I haven’t gotten down to reading it 😀 But yeah, it’s also nice to know I’m not alone whenever the rest of the world is just nothing but praise for it 🙂 It’s interesting, though! I don’t think I’ll ever read House of Night, because I don’t have the drive enough for such a lengthy (and mediocre) series, but I am definitely contemplating Shiver. I got mixed opinions for that book on this post, so again, we’ll see! 🙂

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