Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week’s topic is a Freebie so I decided to go with Top Ten Hyped Books I Did/Didn’t Like. We have all been pulled in at least once by the hype that surrounds a book upon publication and I for one am particularly susceptible to bookish hype. I need to know why a particular title is getting so much attention! Sometimes it works out in my favor, sometimes it doesn’t.
Hyped Book I Enjoyed
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass – I had no intention to read this book, even with its large fan base. But I ended up picking it up from my local library because the author went to University in my town and I was curious what she had written. I most certainly did not expect to enjoy it. This book is full of tropes, trash, and drama and I devoured every word.
Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Here is another book I didn’t truly intend to read but I gave into the hype and picked up. I had absolutely zero expectations for this title as I had read Six of Crows a while back and did not enjoy it so I didn’t see myself easily enjoying this one. Boy was I wrong! I loved this book! Sadly the rest of the trilogy was a complete shit show but this first book was absolute gold.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – This book was such a surprise for me. I don’t read contemporary. Ever. But we all know the hype that surrounds this title and I can’t stand being left in the dark so I read it and fell head over heels in love. The story was fun and engaging and I rooted for the couple with my entire being.
Hyped Books That Let Me Down
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas – I have tried to read this book three times now. Three. Physical, digital, and audio. I was determined to love it but I just…I can’t get into it. I don’t care about the characters, the stakes, and the setting bores me. This book was an enormous let down and I have removed it permanently from my TBR.
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – Ya’ll know the hype that sprouted up around this book pre-publication. You couldn’t get on any bookish social media site, blog, or book tube without it staring you in the face. For the life of me I can’t figure out why. I bought it, I read it, and I found it to be complete garbage. The plot does not make logical sense, the characters are shallow and predictable, and good god I wanted to toss Lou off of a bridge and be done with her. All that hype for such a let down of a book.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo – I read this book early on in Literary Weaponry’s life and at the time I thought there was something wrong with me because I just didn’t enjoy it. The plot drug, the characters weren’t engaging, and I could not have cared less for any of the stakes. For a book I wanted to love so badly this one hurt a little bit.
Sometimes a hyped book wins me over, other times I am left with a bad taste in my mouth. Will I stop giving into hyped books? Certainly not. Half the fun is joining in the bookish discussions and adding my own two cents whether I liked the title or not.
What are some hyped books that pulled you in?