1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – This is one of the shorter books on my list, but it’s so old and it’s SUCH a major classic about racism and slavery and I somehow haven’t gotten to it yet. And now whenever I’m about to start it, it’s like I’ve built it up so much in my head that I’m a little afraid to start it because what it I don’t like it? That would suck.
2. Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo – Do you even see how giant this goddamn book is?
3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – For some reason I feel like Leo Tolstoy is this scary classic Russian author that I am going to have the hardest time understanding. I just really started reading classics like 5 years ago, and you’d think that by now I wouldn’t be such a wuss about it, but I’m still worried that a big long classic will be too complex or boring for me to stick with reading.
4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – Okay just the size of this one punks me a bit, but I am SO going to read this, hopefully this year. I mean I watched the newest movie/musical so at least now I know the basics.
5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Once again, it’s huuuuuuuuuuuge and it’s such a major classics and I’ll be a little bummed if I end up hating it, because SO many people love the beejezus out of it.
6. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – I actually read 1/4 of this, but then started to get a little bored with it and haven’t gone back to it. And that was over a year ago, so when I do eventually start it again I’m going to have to start alllllll over. Dammit.
7. The Quantum World by Kenneth Ford – Okay this book isn’t big, but I’m more intimidated by it because it’s about quantum physics. Which is stupid because I’ve read a lot on the topic now, but this one seems a bit more technical and there’s even homework-ish questions at the end of each chapter, which is awesome, but what if I suddenly don’t understand any of it? Why am I worried that this book would be too smart for me? I’m kind of waiting until I can devote a lot of time to reading it through and taking notes and answering the questions, and I’ll have to contact the author or the college he worked at to get the answer key at some point, cause I’m going to want to know if I’m learning shit correctly.
8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Remember what I said about Tolstoy above? Well here he is again. Seriously, this is the first book I think of when I think of big scary books, I don’t know why. It’s like my book-Everest.
9. The Arabian Nights – I want to read this awesome collection of stories, but it’s sooooo big and short stories aren’t always my jam even when they have a common thread. I’ll get to it eventually…
10. The Illiad & The Odyssey – I would be proud of myself if I was ever able to read these epic Greek poems in their entirety, but daaaaaaaammmnnn. They’re SO long and SO wordy…
So there we have it! For stupid reasons that make no sense, the books that punk me the most are big giant old books. What are you intimidated (but determined to maybe eventually) read?