Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Things That Scare Me

October 27: Top Ten Bookish Things That Scare Me
With Halloween fast approaching, this week we had to pick any relevant related topic. Nothing says Halloween to me like scary, so here we are!


1. Books with over 600 pages
Beastly books intimidate me, especially when they are standalone novels, or the first book in a series I’ve yet to delve into.

2. Hype
When there is so much hype surrounding a book, I both long to read it and want to shy away from it – what if it doesn’t live up to my expectation? Scary.

3. Classics
I’ve always had a (perhaps unnecessary) fear of classic literature – your Dickens, Shakespeare and Brontes’. I’m currently attempting to branch out and appreciate classics, but it’s going to take some work.

4. Lending my books to friends and family
The thought of getting my beautiful, pristine book back in any condition other than the one I lent it in is terrifying. Put it this way, it’s not going to happen.

5. Killing off beloved characters
I love when authors are brave enough to kill off their characters, but it is heartbreaking on occasion, and scary to think about if it were to happen in real life to someone close to you.

6. Internet bought books arriving in less than mint condition
Stupid as it sounds, it does scare me. I like my books to all look perfect because I like my bookshelves to look beautiful. Simple.

7. Required reading
Books that were (and are) compulsory for school scare me – it’s the thought of having to read and study a book for a sustained period of time, with the distinct possibility that I may despise the book.

8. Spoilers
I’m terrified of accidentally stumbling across spoilers for books I want to read on social media, or friends/strangers accidentally dropping some major spoilers into a conversation. I just want to shut my eyes and ears and run away.

9. Evil triumphing over good
When the forces of evil outweigh the forces of good it is harrowing – I’m not concerned about the hero always being victorious, but when the evil force outstrips the good in every way it is unnerving.

10. Horror genre
I’m not very well versed in the genre, and perhaps it is the unknown that contributes to my skepticism of horror novels, but the thought just creeps me out.

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