You know the drill. It’s not Tuesday, but I don’t care!
Top Ten Books That Intimidate Me
- War and Peace: I read a great “book-a-minute” summary of it. “History controls everything we do, so there is no point in observing individual actions. Let’s examine the individual actions of over 500 characters at great length. The end.”
- Moby Dick: Matilda could handle it, but she had Miss Honey to help. I know enough about it for trivia, and that’s all I need.
- Les Miserables: It’s like 1000 pages unabridged, and I don’t condone abridgements, so I’m never going to get to read it.
- Vanity Fair: I thought, “If it’s good enough for Reese Witherspoon to agree to star in a movie about it, it must be good enough to read.” Then I held the 500-page paperback in the library one day. I stopped holding it pretty quickly.
- Anything in Spanish: I read enough of a few books (Enero sin nombre and La familia de Pascual Duarte) in college to pass my tests, and I still own them, but I’ve never actually finished reading them. I don’t think my Spanish is good enough anymore!
- The Confessions of St. Augustine: I own a PDF of one translation, but I’m too intimidated to read it. It just seems too epic.
- The Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Avila: Mystics are intimidating by definition.
- The Bible: It intimidates me, but I am tackling it bit by bit. One of these days, I’ll finish!