Top Ten Tuesday | Hyped Books I Did/Didn’t Like

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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?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Hyped Books I Did/Didn’t Like

  1. Great list! Six of Crows is one of my favourites, but I can understand why people don’t like it. I’m sorry to hear Serpent & Dove was a disappointing read! I haven’t tried it yet, but I don’t have high expectations…

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  2. Great list! I personally loved Crescent City but I can understand why some people didn’t enjoy it I enjoyed The Selection series when I first read it but that was a long time ago. I would love to reread it and see if my opinion is still the same

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  3. I also loved Shadow and Bone! A hyped book I was pleasently surprised to enjoy was A Curse so Dark and Lonely because I’m not a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings, but I actually really liked it!

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  4. I had the same feeling about the Six of Crows duology. However, I loved the Grisha and actually ALL books in this post, including the ones you didn’t love.

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  5. Haha, I actually loved Serpent & Dove – it was exactly the sort of trashy book I needed to get me through exam time 😁 But I can definitely see why other people would find it annoying! I agree with you on all the hyped books you liked, though, including the part about the Grisha Trilogy going downhill after the first book 😉

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