Hello, fellow readers! It seems pretty common in the bookish community to be intimidated by “big books,” but I can’t help but wonder if I am missing out on some hidden gems because I avoid these books. I tend to put off reading books with 400+ pages, mostly because I think of the time spent on that one book and feel like I’m missing out on other books! I also worry I will get bored with the storyline and not finish the book any way, so I just never start reading it! Today I am going to discuss the top ten books from my TBR that I am too intimidated to read. Most of the books on this list have very mixed reviews, partly due to their size, which makes me hesitant to devote time to these books.
1. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (720 pages)
This was one of the most anticipated books of 2019 for many readers. Unfortunately, the book has many mixed reviews, and most of the negative reviews say the book could have been half the size and still be effective.
2. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (705 pages)
From what I know, this book is not written in traditional format, so 705 pages may fly by quickly. I think many pages only have a few words or sentences, so it is not 705 pages full of text. However, the size is still pretty intimidating!
3. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (692 pages)
I’ve been very curious about this book because many readers recommend it as a Christmas read. Now that I have watched about half of the episodes of the AMC adaptation, I am really curious about the source material.
4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl (640 pages)
Another book not written in traditional format, Night Film is a mixed media novel about a missing girl. That is really all I know or want to know about the book.
5. The Institute by Stephen King (561 pages)
I have only completed one King novel (Carrie) because all of his books are massive! I tried reading IT a couple of years ago, but I found it too tedious because King would spend pages and pages on descriptions. I’ve been put off by his books ever since, but The Institute has an interesting premise. I was hoping it would be less than 500 pages though.
6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (536 pages)
I have seen many mixed reviews for this book, so I have been hesitant to read it. The concept sounds interesting, but I have heard Taylor’s writing is very beautiful but descriptive.
7. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (528 pages)
The page count for this book is a little more manageable, but I have also not seen many reviews for this book. I will probably get to this one sooner rather than later.
8. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (458 pages)
This was another highly anticipated book for 2019 that unfortunately has very mixed reviews. I think some of that is due to readers expecting a YA fantasy and not a dark, gritty adult novel. I will probably still give it a chance at some point, but I’m not in a hurry.
9. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (453 pages)
I won this book in a giveaway last year, but then the reviews came out and readers really hated this one. I did think this book was going to be more mystery than contemporary, but it seems like I misjudged this one. I’m still curious to read it though.
10. The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (450 pages)
I chose this book as an add-on for Book of the Month in August because I had an extra credit to use. The concept interests me from a teacher standpoint, but I did not expect it to be so long when it arrived!
What are some books on your TBR that you are putting off because of their size? Let me know in the comments!