Book hype… it’s the death of many books in my life. Typically, it sets expectations too high for mediocre books that could have been enjoyable without all the talk. I have a couple bloggers I follow who help me make my reading decisions when I’m on the fence. Their reviews typically let me know if I should bother following the hype. Often, it’s because I generally disagree with them. If they say that something is amazing and deep, I often find it shallow and overwritten. And things they find offputting and slow, I find ethereal and engaging. They’re a better barometer than reading good reviews.
Hype is contagious. Experience is individual.
Instead of doing this as a list of hyped books I just haven’t gotten around to, I’m doing ones I’m not planning to get around to.
A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
I keep meaning do and then never doing it. The names are all so similar. It feels daunting.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I typically avoid anything dystopian with a title constructed in the fashion. There are too many of them and they are typically repetitive drivel. Sorry book.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I keep seeing this book everywhere. I don’t get why it’s so hyped. Someone, please explain.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I tried. The writing is terrible.
Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
I was on the train. Then I got off. That damn attractive cover.
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
I read the first book. I hated it so much that I actually threw it into a wall instead of finishing it.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Honestly, I hate the title so much I can’t even get to the book blurb.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Again with the long titles. I’m bored before I even finish reading this one. But something in my gut tells me this one might be worth it. Also, the author’s name is rad. Maybe I’ll get back on the train for this one.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
No reason other than that the movie looked pretty chic litty. I’ve read most of Her Fearful Symmetry and enjoyed it and people who liked that one seem to hate this one.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
It’s just so long.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
It’s the epitome of chic lit. No thanks.