For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I am twisting the prompt a bit. Rather than talking about series on my TBR that I want to finish, I am going to talk about books or series I wish I’d read sooner. Most of these books, you’ll notice, are fantasy novels. I need to read more fantasy or sci-fi, but it intimidates me a lot.
Books I Don’t Think I Can Handle
10. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Everyone and their mom have read these books AND watched the show. Part of the aggression (coupled with sexual violence) is what turned me off those stories. I remember some of my college friends being like, “look! This show is awesome.” My poor eyes looked up to see snippets of the show and they refused to look at this story since.
I have no interest in violent deaths and gruesome sex. No judgment to those who can stomach this kind of content, but I just know it’d trigger me so much, it’d push me off the edge.
I’ll pass. But, I do wish I could be cool and know who the heck Jon Snow is.
9. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
Sigh. I barely got through their most famous works: Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Let me tell you, “barely” has never been truer than in this sentence. I scraped by.
Part of remains unsure if I’d be able to read these two authors’ extensive body of work. Like, nope. It’s probably never going to happen. It’s hard to stay alert when reading their stuff, from what I recall. And, unlike many fantasy fans, I am unable to even gather the energy to reread the books I have read by them already.
8. Ursula Le Guin
This is a testament to how silly I can be. When I was in grad school, my thesis director mentioned this author. I was like, “Her name is Ursula? No thanks.”
In more recent years, I researched her work. Oh, my goodness, she has such a vast body of work. It’s hard to figure out where to begin. Also: I feel unworthy in general because she seems to be a prominent figure in the fantasy genre.
Much to learn, Dina, you grasshopper.
7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I read the first book in that series back in college. Nope. It was not my thing. However, I admit that I can see how important and influential this book was to children’s literature.
However, I also heard that the author is kind of…not nice. This particular piece got me thinking about him even more and just detaching from the need to conform and read his books.
Classic Stand-Alone Novels
6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I have seen the trailer for the new Mary Shelley film and I understand that the author had endured some awful, intense things in her life. She is talented and skilled, I understand that as well. But, her book does not sound like my scene. I wish I’d read it earlier in my life because then I would have perhaps gotten into fantasy and sci-fi sooner.
But, no. I am resisting reading that book because it sounds scary and upsetting. You know I am going to like Frankenstein’s monster. Many tears will be shed.
5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is so bad of me, but I cannot remember if I have read this book or if I have just watched too many vampire things in my life. In a way, I remain blissfully ignorant of the history of vampires in fiction. It is something that interests me but I recall there being some racial connotations to vampires in the early days. I am not about that life.
4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
It sounds like it’ll go way over my head. Plus, the trailer for the movie makes it overwhelming. The colors, the weird shattered glass effect, these are the things that make the story sound like it would be intense.
Still, as you will notice, the closer we get to number 1 on this list, the more likely I am to give said book a try (maybe not now, but at some point, I predict I’ll be brave enough to try).
Books I Will Give a Try In the Near Future
3. Scott Westerfeld’s Steampunk Leviathan
I actually have read the first book in his Uglies series and felt pressured to be cynical the whole time. Back then, I was privy to abandon my interests to seem “cool” and “relatable.” But, I do like the premise of his Uglies series and Leviathan.
Plus, the author’s process is fascinating. Here, he talks about his interest in airships and how it tied into his experience writing Leviathan.
From there, I will move to his lesser-known works.
2. Robin Hobb Books
1. Garth Nix Books
I read some of his books in college and, special snowflake me felt the urge to reject reading his stuff beyond that. Now, however, I am intrigued. Caz praises his work a lot, and I have friends who also recommended his writing, so I am giving it a go!
Do you have books or authors you wish you were exposed to earlier in life? Who do you hope to read more of and why?