Top Ten Tuesday: Books that scare me.

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. 

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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?


22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that scare me.

  1. MORNING STAR AND THE SERPENT KING DESTROYED ME!!! Emotionally they were not easy, but TOTALLY worth it. I promise!
    As for My Lady Jane, you can NOT go into this taking the story seriously! You just have to have an open mind and a good sense of humour and you’ll be fine! It’s Fantasy, there’s NO way they will reach historical accuracy. Imagine it like a parallel universe instead!
    Don’t get me started on Blood for Blood and A Conjuring of Light – I am afraid too. Blood for Blood has been on my shelf for weeks now and … I just can’t pick it up.
    Now, I personally don’t HATE love triangles, but even people who do could deal with the one in The Infernal Devices. BUT you should not undertake that journey unless you are willing to read ALL THREE books. I am telling you, even if you aren’t happy at some point, you are not allowed to quit in the middle. It’s the end that makes it all worthwhile.
    So, enough all caps writing for today! Great spin on the topic!

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    1. The emotional ones are always the most rewarding but I always feel like I need to mentally prepare for it or be in the right mood.
      I’ve heard all about the humour in the book and I love the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I need to mute the historian in me with this book and the parallel universe idea is actually a great way to look at it. 😀
      Same. Blood for Blood is just taunting me right now and thankfully I’m buddy reading this in a few weeks time so I can have someone to rant to haha.
      That’s the thing with the Infernal Devices. It’s a huge commitment and I know I’m going to have to power through it. From what I’ve heard about Will, I already know I’m going to love him. Again it’s just another one of those series where I need time to read them and then just power through it.
      I get all excited when I see caps, it gets me hyped up. 😛

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      1. Yeah, that’s true. You have to be in the right mindset to really enjoy the emotional ones. They can be the best books out there, but if you aren’t in the mood it will just fail.
        I bet the support while Blood for Blood will be good!
        And I am actually more of a Jem girl rather than Will … not that I don’t love him too! I do! I just went against the stream with that one hahaha

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  2. Oh don’t be scared of The WInner’s Curse. There’s angst yeah, but it’s so worth it. And the fact that you have access to all 3 books at the same time makes it even better because no evil cliffhangers for you! 🙂
    I haven’t read AGoS yet, but everyone being scared for A Conjuring is making me scared! I’m going to have wait until other people read the last book before I can pick up AGoS!

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    1. I love the fact that I can just binge read the series in one sitting. I definitely feel like I’m going to love it.
      AGoS had such a cruel cliffhanger. I’m still reeling from it. Thankfully the third book picks up immediately where we left off so you could always binge read the two in one sitting when it comes out. 😀


    1. I am 100% sure I’m going to love it but I don’t think I’ll survive it haha. I want to have finished the series before Iron Gold comes out though. Just keep nagging me to read it and I’ll eventually do it. 😛

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  3. Haha, this comment is so predictable since you probably knew I was going to point out #10 on your list. You’re right to be hesitant about the love triangle in TID since it is (kind of) a big component of the series. I’m going to brace myself for your possible disappointment. But who knows! You may (hopefully) love it a lot despite the triangle. XD (…plus, I’m excited for you to maybe read it someday just so that I can get confirmation of the accuracy of Will’s Welsh.)

    “…I am 100% convinced that someone will not be making it to the finish line.” NOOOOO, Lois. Don’t say that! T_T (I’m going to flip tables if something happens to Felix; I actually really liked the little we were shown of him.) /excited for this buddy read though/

    I’m super excited for you to give The Winner’s Curse a go. (Yeah, angst is my bookish pet peeve and that one did have plenty of it, but as you know I still loved the entire trilogy!)

    Lastly, A Conjuring of Light… February needs to get here sooner!!


  4. The Infernal Devices is actually pretty good, despite of the love triangle. Clockwork Princess ripped my heart to shreds! I’ve just finished My Lady Jane last week and it’s actually pretty great. The author put her own spin to the hystorical fiction and it was actually really funny.

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    1. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about TID but I just need to brace myself for the love triangle and the emotional roller coaster.
      I’m love that you enjoyed My Lady Jane and I definitely like that it has a good sense of humour to it. 😀

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