Let me tell you, for a long time I refused every ticket for the hype train that was shoved into my hands.
I loathed hyped books, I rolled my eyes at them and did not want to read them whatever happened. I had to very good reasons for that:
1 – Reading a book just because everybody else was reading it? Nope! I had my own tastes and I didn’t want to change my little corner that was built by books from not more than three different genres, thank you very much. The books I was reading were so much better than the ones every body else were reading anyway.
Yes, you are allowed to laugh now. I know. What an ignorant little book snob I was.
2 – Hyped books confused the heck out of me. How was it possible that one book could appeal to so many different people with so many different tastes?
3 – How could I be sure wether I really liked a hyped book because it was so good or if I only thought I liked it because everybody else liked it?
So I just deadass refused to read them.
But it came how it had to come and I discovered Instagram and blogs so pretty and funny you would want to cry and other blogs that made compelling cases why you should read that one hyped book and somehow I just got thrown under the hype bus. (I know, but it’s a bus now. Shhhhh.) I wanted to try. And some of those hyped books are really good. And some I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.
And if you are still reading now I will show you some of the ten-foot-pole books. And since I’m a little turncoat, until the end of the post I might have changed my mind again!
Linked in with the Top Five Tuesday by Shana @ Bionic Book Worm.
I know that somehow everybody loves it but I just don’t know about fairies.
I read this review from one of my favourite bloggers about this book and it made such a compelling case that I better stired clear from it. Apparently there are just a real lot of plot holes in this?
I might be totally wrong but it sounds like there is a lot of drama in this. Is there a lot of drama in this?
I’ve heard from several people now that the main character is pretty much a Mary Sue and rather unlikable. What do you think?
Well, maybe this whole long introduction was completely for the birds and I will still read all those books in the next week. I don’t know.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Why did you like them?
Ah Red Queen. Yeah I didn’t end up caring much for that one. It’s fineish I guess.
I’m not much of contemporary and I only really pick specific kinds of contemporaries up (those that come highly highly recced) so I’ve walked around The Fault in Our Stars a lot.
Did you care enough to read the sequels? I’m kinda curious if the plot holes are really that bad but on the other hand I really don’t want to spend time with books that I know beforehand I might not like. 🤔
I like John Green’s writing but I feel like I really don’t have to read TFIOS.
No I decided to leave it. It didn’t even leave me lukewarm I think and there was so much else to read I decided to not bother.
I would stay well clear of Sperent & Dove, I haven’t read it but I’ve read enough reviews to know it’s not good. If you want a laugh though I highly recommend watching readwithcindy’s rant review on it!
I really don’t know what to think of it. I just don’t really care for the drama and the trope, even though I have also heard good things about it. Thanks for the tip, I will check it out. 🙂
I’ve only read The Fault in Our Stars from your list. Like any book, this could be a miss or hit where if it’s a miss, well then it’s not worth the hype and all BUT if it’s a hit, it hits hard. I suggest you take the chance. 🙂
I quite liked An Abundance of Katherines and have quite some fond memories of that one. I’m not sure anymore though if I liked the book because of the mindset I was in when I was reading it or because it was so good. Maybe I should reread it and decide over further books then. 🙂
[…] Chronicles Books and Co. ——— A Fictional Bookworm ——— Tirilu Kyera’s Library ——— Ally Writes Things ——— Hail & […]
Red Queen is not thattt good in my opinion… however Cruel Prince and Serpent and Dove are REALLY good and I think you should give them a chance! Great post 🙂
It’s the thing with Hyped books, the opinions will differ so much! 🙂
Maybe I’ll find Cruel Prince in the library when they are open again and take a look. 🙂
Bwahaha, I was that same ignorant book snob! I’m dying. Part of it was I just didn’t know what new releases were until they hit the library in the first place. And then people kept giving me “popular reads” that I ended up hating. XD
In the Cruel Prince, fae = dark sexy creatures that would just as soon stab you as look at you, with all sorts of twisty hierarchies in their society. It’s a portrayal I love lol. But it’s also been a big miss for quite a few people, so I can’t at all blame you for not wanting to pick it up.
Yeah, that’s just the thing. The only place where I loved all those lies and intrigue was A winter’s promise by Christelle Dabos which I highly recommend. (I need some more people to fangirl over Ophelia’s scarf with me.) In other books I mostly find it a little tedious, so I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll look for it at the library when they are open again. 🙂