Top Ten Tuesday – Intimidating Books

It’s official The Broke and the Bookish (TBTB) has shuttered the proverbial blog doors. I have been in and out of TBTB Top Ten Tuesday over the years. Although I wasn’t faithful they remained steadfast in posting bookish top tens week after week, and as a result there were over 350 Top Ten prompts.

Even though The Broke and the Bookish blog came to an end on January 11, 2018, the Top Ten Tuesday is still alive. It is now being hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Ready Girl.

This week’s Top Ten is:

Bookish Resolutions/Goals

However, I already posted my 2018 Blogging/Reading Goals; so I didn’t want to recreate the wheel. Having said that, I went with an previous prompt.

Most Intimdating Books

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  6. The Canterbury Tales (Middle English) by Geoffrey Chauces
  7. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  9. The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce

And for your listening and reading pleasure I have provided you a very well done recitation of the General Prologue Lines 1-18 in Middle English.

Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open yë,
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages):
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
(And palmers for to seken straunge strondes)
To ferne halwes, couthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The holy blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seke.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Intimidating Books

  1. LHauser27 January 17, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    Hi! Those are intimidating! Except I loved The Canterbury Tales. I also found a young reader’s edition and that was fun to read with middle school students! 🙂 Not so intimidating haha.
    My TTT

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  2. mphadventuregirl January 17, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Les Misérables in an intimidating book, but wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t for the musical


  3. Susan January 16, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    We had to memorize that introduction in high school English. I can still recite it and it’s been a looonngggg time since high school!

    Happy TTT!



  4. trentpmcd January 16, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    OK, 6 of 10… Not into long Russian novels, so missed the first (I read Brothers Karamazov and that was enough!). I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to take on the last….


    • The Broken Spine January 17, 2018 / 2:11 am

      I attempted the Brothers K, but got a 1/3 of the way through and said Dostoyevsky could use a really really good editor. The Brothers K probably could have been cut in half. I’m sure that whenever I tackle Ulysses wine will be involved. 🍷🍷🍷🍷

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      • trentpmcd January 17, 2018 / 7:10 am

        I think a lot of wine would be needed for Ulysses, at least from what I’ve read about it. And yes, that is the problem with the late 19th century Russians – they are wordy!


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