Book Fear

This is the first year I’ve been a book blogger, and I love my new hobby!  I love reading, I love writing, and on my book blog I combine both.  Also, I’ve made lots bookish pals who, like me, have books on the brain.  I’ve found my tribe…and they’re all over the world, and we can chat all the time about books!  I’m looking forward to some ‘real life’ meet-ups in 2019.

Over the past year, I’ve learned so much more about myself as a reader.  However,  I’ve come to realise that I suffer from something I’m not even sure there’s a name for, so I’ll have a go at coining the phrase; Book Fear or Book Intimidation? Anyone else got a name for it? While I’ve been going about my daily life (thinking about books) I’ve realised that there have been a few books which have intimidated me before I’d ever even picked them up.  Maybe this is a reflection of my own insecurities…who knows – I’m no psychologist.  Anyway, like most forms of fear, I’ve realised that I need to just get over it and get on with it!  Here are some of the books that I’ve recently feared , and ended up lu-huving!

Circe by Madeline Miller

My knowledge of the Greek Gods has been passed up from my children, who are Percy Jackson geeks!  They adore Rick Riordan’s series The Trials of Apollo, and chatter on all the time about the old Olympians.  My husband and I shake our heads in ignorance and just enjoy the fact that brother and sister share a common interest.  I decided to broaden my own knowledge and tackle Circe, even though I thought I wouldn’t get it. I was so nervous, I couldn’t do it alone!  I signed up on Instagram’s Book Buddy Reads.  Now I’m wondering what all the faffing was about.  I read it.

Reader, I loved it!

Normal People and Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney


Less of a preamble to these.  I just didn’t think I’d get either of them, but I did, and I loved them.

Anyone else out there suffer from Book Fear, or is it just me?  What books have unnecessarily intimidated you?

15 thoughts on “Book Fear

  1. I totally agree that book fear is a thing! For me, I get so intimidated by the hype and by how much love people have for a book that I’m scared to dive into it in case I don’t feel the same way about it.


  2. I’m usually intimidated by popular fantasy books. I don’t normally like this genre but every now and then there’s a popular one i think i might like but then worry that i prolly won’t 🙈. First world problems, really…


  3. Most definitely a shared thing……. for me it’s probably because I fear they will be laborious or too intellectually challenging. I have to psych myself up to delve between the pages. It doesn’t always work & I have to put them aside until I’m ready to try again


  4. Yes! Have felt this to a certain degree. One book that I loved and was hugely popular I’ve been unable to review – yet! So much praise for it that somehow I’ve been a bit tongue-tied about it and feel that anything I write will be inconsequential because it’s already a huge success.
    Crazy I know!


    1. It’s how I feel. While people I know and love in ‘real life’ like books, they don’t share the same passion for the written word. Here, and on bookish Twitter & Insta, I feel normal. It’s done wonders for my mental health.


    1. Hi, I’ve ‘cheated’ with quite a few classics and listened to them as audio books…however, one I started as an audio and then converted to real book because I was lovining so much was The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte x

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