Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
With Halloween just around the corner I thought I’d take this freebie week as a way of highlighting the books that scare me. These are the books that have been sat on my tbr list for a while now because they intimidate me. The reasons why vary but it doesn’t lessen my interest in the books, it just means I need to find the courage to take the plunge and actually read them.
1. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown: Golden Son messed me up. I was not prepared for the emotional turmoil and the crazy plot twists. For that reason I’ve been putting off reading Morning Star. Pierce has proved to us all that no one is safe in this world. More than that, I don’t think I’ll be able to survive the emotional rollercoaster this book will take me on.
2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: I’ve heard a lot of praise for this book; so much, that I broke my book buying ban to snag myself a copy. Six months later and it is still sat on my tbr shelf. Why? Because with every review I read the main thing I take away from it is that it packs several emotional punches. I love this but it also terrifies me. This is just one of those rip off the Band-aid moments.
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I plan on catching up with this series soon, I just need to emotionally prepare myself for the all the angst between Kestrel and Arin. Thankfully I’m still going into this series without being spoiled but I’m one of those people that has to brace herself for the inevitable when something comes between a good thing. I did the same thing with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. It took me a year to continue with the series because I had to prepare myself for the emotional turmoil I’d face in the second book, and now that I’ve completed the series I can say that Days of Blood and Starlight is my favourite.
4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: I absolutely adore the Mistborn trilogy and want to dive back into Sandersons world. I’ve been eyeing The Way of Kings for a while but, like with the Mistborn series, the size of the books intimidate me. Once I get over that and familiarise myself with the world I’m sure I’ll be completely immersed in this series.
5. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand: I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book and it sounds like one I’d enjoy. I’m hesitant because I find it hard to read books that are based on historical figures, especially ones I’ve studied.
6. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: This book look very detailed and tense. I’m told the exploration of the political landscape in this series is phenomenal but again I can only take so much. I’ll give it a shot though.
7. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: The latest addition to my book shelves and I am excited to read it but also terrified because I am 100% convinced that someone will not be making it to the finish line.
8. Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I’ve still not read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book but if I had to chose one to read I’d go for Wait for You. My only fear is that I can see this book veering into the typical NA structure of an overly angsty narrative.
9. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab: The books not even out yet and I am terrified of it. I desperately want it to magically appear in my hands but I am terrified of the unpredictability and uncertainty of our characters fate. I’ll probably end up devouring this book as soon as I get it but for the mean time I will live in my happy little bubble where Kell, Lila and Rhy are all safe and sound.
10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: It’s been years since I heard about this series and I’ve still not picked it up. I should be jumping at the chance to read this series because Will is a fellow Welshman and book lover. However, and you all know this by know, my fear stems from the central love triangle plot. I can barely tolerate this trope, no matter how lovable the characters are.
Those are the 10 books sitting on my tbr pile that terrify me.
Have you ever been scared by a book?