Top 10 Tuesday: Most Intimidating Classics on my TBR

Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is a freebie week. I was looking through their list of former topics and came across “most intimidating books.”

This topic intrigued me because I am only about 50 pages from the end of War and Peace! Can you believe it? So today I would like to share my list of most intimidating classics that I still hope to read one day. Enjoy!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

What classics are you intimidated by? 
And which have you conquered?

14 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Most Intimidating Classics on my TBR

  1. Nic

    From this list, I’ve only read Anna Karenina, which is definitely one of my top favourites. I really want to read Les Miserables, loved everything about the musical. I did love the movie Gone with the Wind, so it is in my reading list, as well as any Steinbeck book. I read the Winter of Our Discontent and it was absolutely one of the best reads I had.

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  2. Maggie

    Ooh, Gone With the Wind! I would love to read that book someday – mainly because I grew up in the town where the whole book is based, which is also where the author lived! Hmm, let me see…I read Persuasion a few years ago, which was honestly hard for me to get through because I’m not used to how Miss Austen writes lol. Most of the other classics I’ve read were rather short…

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    1. How cool that you grew up where the book is based! I saw the movie years ago now and have been intrigued by it ever since 🙂 I adore Jane Austen–but you’re right, she can be hard to get through. One of my favorite recent classics is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly–definitely a fan of shorter classics 🙂

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      1. Maggie

        Yeah, I prefer watching movies/TV shows based off of Austen’s books, as they help me to better enjoy and appreciate the stories! That’s cool; I haven’t read Frankenstein yet. 😊

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  3. Great topic! I actually read Moby Dick last year… finally! That’s one I always felt intimidated by — I’m so glad I read it. I’ve read A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, and Gone with the Wind, and loved them all. I hope you give some of these a try!

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  4. Jillian

    Don’t be intimidated by Gone with the Wind! It’s is SO READABLE! Seriously! The first 100 pages are a bit slow, but then it suddenly picks up and stays up the entire time. WALDEN. Is ridiculously good as well. 🙂

    I’m intimidated by War and Peace. I’ve read half! And Paradise Lost. And The Odyssey. And that odd book that was supposed to be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I. I forget the title, but definitely that one. It’s all in rhyme!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear “Gone With the Wind” is readable. I love the movie! I have read pieces of Walden in high school–but I’m sure I would appreciate it more now. War and Peace is intense–but I actually felt really satisfied when I finished it. And I loved Paradise Lost and The Odyssey! Thanks for your comment 🙂


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