Aug 22, 2017

Scary Books!

Hey guys! Today I am sharing some books that I want to read, but they intimidate me and I am too much of a wimp to pick them up and read them already, even though almost everyone says I should. πŸ˜‚ 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

All the Light We Cannot See

This book scares me for a lot of reasons:
  • It was really hyped when it came out
  • It won a Pulitzer Prize and I've never read a book that got one of those, not that I can remember anyway 
  • It's over 500 pages
  • It's an ADULT book  
  • And it's about WORLD WAR TWO.
Did I mention I have the emotional maturity of a ten year old? Yeah, scary. Although, I have already started reading this finally after three years and so far it's not too bad. I'm actually enjoying it, considering I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm only like on page 95 out of 531 so there is still a LOT of time for it to throw something scary at me that's going to RIP MY FRAGILE FEELS TO SHREDS HELP. 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

EVERYONE has just lost their crap over this series. It's CRAZY. It has SO MUCH hype and that alone is enough to scare me. It's sounds so good, but I'm a little concerned because:
  • I think it might be pretty dark, and I am not too big into really dark stuff because I am a little fragile snow flurry
  • I've heard it compared to Harry Potter and and I not a fan of Harry Potter. THERE I SAID IT OKAY? You can all stab me now with your fake wands you got in Florida.
  • THE HYPE, MAN. What if I don't like it? I feel like I already am betraying my fellow bookworms by not liking Harry Potter, WHAT'S NEXT?
  • Apparently it is NOT YA. I HAVE BEEN LIED TO! Okay, not really, but on first glance it really looks and feels like YA, but it isn't!!!! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? I SHOULD be able to handle this, I am and adult, but I can't, okay? I'm scared! Give me back my sweet, cheesy, little, friendship=happiness, innocent Middle Grade babies! 😩
Me when I see a book with a really cool premise...


...and then realize it's and adult book with over 400 pages. 😱

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Okay, this one scares me because:
  • The HYPE again
  • I think I'm starting to discover that I'm not very much of a sci-fi person
  • I kinda bunched this together in the same category in my brain as The 5th Wave, and I ended up DNF'ing The 5th Wave, so...😬
  • I've heard it is scary. Crazy action, end of the world, people dying, sounds nice. 😨
  • The strange writing format. I mean, it sounds cool, but I might just get confused. I mean, how do you read a book that's...not...really...a book
 Ugh, but everybody seems to love it, and I still might like it. I heard it's a good idea to listen to the audio book with all the actors and read the physical copy at the same time to get the full experience, so I might do that. Hopefully it might save me from being confused?

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

This one actually surprisingly seemed interesting to me, but I'm really apprehensive because I am not a fan of Shakespeare. But I feel like a failure as an English major admitting that, so maybe if I read this, and actually like it, I'll be redeemed? πŸ˜‚ 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«

Jane Eyre

Again, English major guilt. I really need to read more classics. Ugh, but what if it's boring? I feel like a terrible person! You see my problem? 😩

Because You Love to Hate Me

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Okay, I'll admit the only reason I want to read this is because of all the BookTuber collaborations. But it's intimidating because I'm just not a fan of villains or super dark stuff, and I don't really know what to expect. 😟 I feel like I should make a goal of reading more anthologies though, so there's that.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

This book looks like the kind of trashy drama I'm so not a fan of, but I'm really conflicted because:
  • It's set pretty far into the future, yet it's not sci-fi or dystopian. It seems like a normal contemporary drama...except it's not...contemporary??? Because it's in the future? And I'm sure I read something about it one time where it said something about a murder, so it's like a murder mystery/psychological thriller too? But I checked Goodreads and I'm pretty sure they have a different blurb for it than they did before and now it says nothing about the murder. So I might have imagined it or gotten it mixed up with another book, but idk, it looks intriguing. 
  • And also that COVER. It's just screaming: I'M PRETTY! I'M GORGEOUS! READ ME READ ME! READ ME!
  Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia (Magonia, #1)

I'm not sure I've ever read magical realism before, but if I have, I think it was really weird and I didn't like it too much. So this one scares me a little, but I've heard good things about it and the cover is so pretty!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

Cait @ Paper Fury talks about this book all the time and it looks so fun but again:
  • Dark
  • Adult
  • 500 pages

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Oh the hype of this one. EVERYBODY loves this series too. The premise sounds so fun and I'm excited about it but:
  •  I haven't read the Grisha series, and the premise of that one doesn't intrigue me as much as this one does, and yes, I know even though they're set in the same universe, I don't have to read that one first, but since that one looks really dark with monsters and stuff I'm just not into, I'm a little worried I won't like this one because I'm pretty sure I won't like the other one? Ugh, idk.
  • And even the cover looks scary! That crow looks like it's about to peck my eyes out or smother me with it's giant wings! πŸ˜¨πŸ˜‚
Welp, that's it. I applaud you for making it through my pathetic wimpy ramblings! πŸ˜†

     Do you think I should be brave and read these, or do you think I should try something else? Which of these books is your favorite? And are you ready for school to start up again? I'm not. 😫

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  1. Aw~ Don't be afraid of Six of Crows. It's not very scary (& I say that as someone who gets creeped out by the littlest things!). It's actually more like a dramedy than horror or thriller imo.
    From what I've read, Jane Eyre is def. a little gothic, and I didn't like it that much, but it is really important in the English canon. I have a ton of books like that on my tbr shelf-- classics or new classics I should read but have so many others I want to read first.

  2. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogAugust 28, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Oh cool. Maybe I will get to read it soon! :)
    And wow I've never heard of Jane Eyre being described as gothic. I really just want to read it because some characters I really loved in a different book had a book club and loved it when they read it. XD

  3. *shimmies into the comment section to yell love for Locke Lamora* IT IS THE GREATEST THOOOOOOUGH. SO GOOD!! OMG!! And I also am infatuated with Six of Crows, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Illuminae.😍😍😍 So I say yes to all of them. πŸ˜‚ However, honestly I find books intimidating ALL THE TIME (usually because of being 500+ pages) and I tend to go with the audios then so at least I'm not overwhelmed.πŸ˜‚ I did Locke Lamora with audio and it was the BEST.

    I'm also intimidated by the Thousandth Floor actually. I've had it as an eARC for ever and I feel so so bad for not reading it hehehh. Must do that! Currently I'm too intimidated to read Replica by Lauren Oliver (it's like WAY over 500 omg) and The Song of Achilles because I've heard it's so heart-wrenching. Must...fortify...self.πŸ˜‚

  4. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogSeptember 5, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Lol I will probably try audiobooks more often. But currently I am TRYING to catch up on most of the books I already own first. XD
    AND I want to read Replica so bad! It looks so cool! I like how it lets you choose different ways to read it. :)