Intimidating TBR Tag

Today, I’m in the mood to answer a popular tag that everybody seems to take part in on Booktube. I enjoy watching those videos because I’m curious to find out what intimidating books people have in their TBR piles and if there are any titles I can recognize. Before I start, I must add that this tag was originally created by Lindsey Ray.

1.What book have you been unable to finish?

One of the books I haven’t been able to finish is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I tried to read it when I was a senior in college, but it was so painstakingly slow and uninteresting that I couldn’t read more than a few chapters. However, I still want to give it another try in the future because people praised James Joyce for a reason and I might have missed the point the first time I read the book.

2.What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a huge book with many characters and plotlines, which would take a while to read and to fully digest.

3.What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

I’m somewhat interested in reading a book entitled When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare, which is a Regency Romance that was read and recommended by Sasha from abookutopia, and I found the premise very cute and romantic… so why not? The problem is that the book is the third in the Castles Ever After trilogy and I have to read the other two books before this one since they share the same setting and they embrace the theme of finding love and happiness. I enjoy reading different genres, but picking up a Romance every now and then is a heart-warming experience.

4.What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?

Facets of Love created by Effrosyni Moschoudi is technically a new book or short story collection, but it’s not published anywhere aside from the author’s website.

5.What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

Don’t hate me, but I couldn’t get into Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and I still feel frustrated about it because the novel is very interesting, but it takes a lot of time to understand it. I felt very dumb when I read it because the plot was moving very slowly, there were many characters and the stream of consciousness confused my brain – at some point I didn’t know whose point of view was there and the one-page-long never-ending-sentences made my head spin. I would also like to read A Room of One’s Own or Woolf’s short stories, but I’m not sure if my mind is fully prepared for such a big challenge.

6.What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

I want to read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four because it’s an iconic dystopian novel everybody should read once in their lives. However, I never seem to be in the mood for it.

7.What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

Anything by Alexander Dumas, from The Count of Monte Cristo to The Three Musketeers will do.

8.What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

I rarely buy books just because they have pretty covers. I haven’t done this in a long while because reading the blurb or the first chapter is as important as the cover of a book.

9.What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Though it is not as big as The Count of Monte Cristo or Anna Karenina, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is still a thick book, which requires a bit of commitment to read it and someday I will manage to experience it. I adored Jo in the movie and the fact that she becomes a writer in a time period when women weren’t allowed to write or they were writing under male pseudonyms, as the Bronte Sisters did in England, fascinates me.

10.Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag can join in and leave their answers in the comments section.

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