It’s funny this is the Top 5 Tuesday today, because intimidating books have been on my mind lately. I was thinking about writing a Flights of Fancy about it, but now I get to talk about it right here.
I’ve recently realized as I’ve gotten older my ability to read tomes has decreased. It’s not because I don’t want to read them, it’s more that they usually have a fair amount of description and now when I’m an old lady (nearly 40 -gasp) those lengthy paragraphs don’t keep the exhaustion at bay.
It’s too bad too, because there are 5 books I’ve been wanting to read and now I’m not sure I’ll be able too.
I started The Lies of Locke Lamora, because it’s also on my to read in 2018 list. I was ready, geared up to go, and even enjoying the early banter of the characters. The problem was, every single time it switched to description or world building my eyes would get heavy and I’d stop absorbing the words, because I was half asleep.
It does not help the self esteem, that’s for sure!
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
People have been trying to get me to read The Bronze Horseman for years and years. On Goodreads, once someone found out I was an Outlander fan, all they could talk about was how much I would love this book. They could be right, but the more the raved about it the more intimidated I got and the less I wanted to read it. I do own it, and I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. Just, now I have an excuse -I can’t read long lengthy books like this. I’m old!
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Way of the Shadows has been on my radar for years. Trained assassin, sounds perfectly up my alley. I’ve never started it, even though I’ve wanted to, but I’m so afraid that I’ll have the same issue. It’s no fun when you pick up a book you’re excited for and then have to put it down two days later because you just can’t stay awake.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Into the Drowning Deep, I made it about 35% in, but I fought tooth and nail for every chapter down. I have a feeling the good stuff was right around the corner, I just couldn’t pry my eyes open enough to get there. I fully intend to finish this book, because I’ve loved this author. It’ll just have to wait until I’m revitalized.
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel
I think this book is the hardest on my list. Clan of the Cave Bear has been one of my favorite books/series since I was a young teenager. I read the first book so many times, over and over, because it meant so much to me. I’ve read all 5 of the previous books, and all I wanted was to see the end of the series -to know of Ayla ever saw Durc again. To discover how Ayla and Jondalar made a home. And now I have it, I’ve had it for years, and I can’t bring myself to read it.
Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.