Huft. Intimidating books? Let's be honest. I classify intimidating into 2 categories: intimidating story and intimidating length. Let's look at each of them.
I really had no idea about its length when I first put it on my list. I mean, I thought it wouldn't be as scary as Monte Cristo. I was wrong. Taking up the book from my pile of to-read novels is really something. I finally took it for a read-along. I won't be able to read it otherwise. Fortunately, the book captivates my heart right at the first volume. Tedious as it is in certain parts, I find the book to be inspirational and touching. I'm reading the 4th volume now, and I hope to finish it on December.
It's a long book indeed. Another fact: I have never read Voltaire before. The story also seems to be complicated. I think I will wait for another read-along before I pick that up.
Man in the Iron Mask
I hate sad endings. Those who know me well know too well of that fact. Accidentally (or not), I read the synopsis of it once. It frightens me to read such an ending for the four heroes I truly adore. I just can't. But I know I have to read it sooner or later.
Same thing applies. Othello, the one that loves “not wisely but too well” is very lovable. I watched the opera by Verdi and fell in love with him at the first sight. He has the manliness of a soldier and gentleness of a prince. Knowing how the story would end, I have put the story in my reading list without ever dared to touch it. That's why I pledged to read it in Classic Club's Project.
Those are the most intimidating books in my reading list. Let's hope I won't change my mind and actually read them and finish them all.