#5OnMyTBR: Challenging Reads

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I am here again with another #5OnMyTBR meme post. If you don’t know what #5OnMyTBR is –  #5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.

This week the topic for 5OnMyTBR is – Challenging Reads. The longest book I’ve read so far is 430 or so pages. So any book above this page count is pretty challenging for me. Apart from that, non-fictions and literary fictions intimidate me. Maybe it’s because I haven’t started reading many books of the following genre? Anyway, the majority of the books in this list are generally big books that I want to read, but because of the page counts I have been pushing them back 😣

1. It by Stephen King

Being a horror movie fan, I have wanted to watch the IT movie. But because I haven’t read the book yet, I refuse to watch the movie. And looking at this big chunk of a book isn’t helping either 😅

About This Book


Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

2. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

I love end-of-the-world books, but this book is 800 pages long 😅 But, even so, I know I’ll enjoy it.

About This Book


A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and I’ve been wanting to read this, but the page count 😣

About This Book


Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its readers.

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

 Everyone that loves Mariana Zapata loves this book. So if I want to start a book by this author, I want to start from here, but it’s 600 or so pages🥺. Though it’s not much as compared to 400 but still a challenging one 🤔 

About This Book


Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

This book is on this list partially because of it being science fiction and because it’s a long book, and to top it off it’s a part of a series. So yeah, since all of the books in this series are 600 or more pages, I feel like I’ll be procrastinating picking this book.

About This Book


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents — including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more — Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

And that’s all for today! Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post! Until my next post, take care! 💖

Have You Read Any Of The Above Books?

What Are You Some of Your Challenging Books?

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