Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

So, following the example of bluechickenninja I’ve decided to do this Top Ten Tuesday (whether or not I do any others is another thing, but I had opinions for this one). Anyway, TTT is a weekly bit of bookish fun which originated at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there is a new top ten list and followers are invited to share their answers!

As can be established by the title, this week is “Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read” which is self explanatory. So, it’s now on with the show. I’ll warn you, I apparently have some very sassy opinions that I didn’t know I had until I sat down with my laptop to write this!

overhypedAs you can see, this is a very big variety of genre and age and everything – and some of these I have every intention of actually remedying the fact I haven’t read quite soon!

The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit for that matter) are books that I’ve had on my shelf for years. Still haven’t read them, I just can’t seem to find the motivation. I know so many people love them but I’m just indifferent to them. I’ve not seen any of the movies, I just find that I’ve never really cared. I’d like to read it to see if I can change that opinion I have set in though!

Next up is The Cloud Atlas which is a book I have actually owned since I was sitting my GCSEs about 5 or 6 years ago. I did finally read some David Mitchell in the form of The Bone Clocks, and I would quite like to read this. It’s a book that has always been very much “I’d like to read you… but not right now”!

The Fairyland series is one that I see everywhere with such high appraisal that it really sours my opinion of it. People gushing over something is a sure way to get me to not gush over it. So, while I think that yes, I may enjoy this, I am going to wait it out and then see how I feel about it in a few months because, honestly, the amount of saccharine sweetness that has surrounded reviews of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making really makes me go in to a coma! Bitchy? Maybe.

The Hunger Games, quite simply,has never appealed to me. I know so many people who couldn’t put it down but nope, it just didn’t interest me. I’ve not seen the movies either and honestly, I don’t care!

Now, Pride and Prejudice is a representation of Jane Austen as a whole. I have read Persuasion and I have confidence that I will eventually, at least, try to reread Pride and Prejudice without and prejudice of my own. But it has to be said, me and Jane have never got on in the past. I’m going to be trying some Austen again in the near future but I shall be watching adaptations prior to reading – I’m not sure how well this will help but I do, at least, have some hope!

Fangirl just irritates me. I hate all the fuss about Rainbow Rowell and honestly, just the description on goodreads has me not wanting to read this book (it uses the words “coming of age” which instantly set alarm bells ringing in my head because I have never, once, identified with any tale that uses the phrase “coming of age” and generally I get infuriated very quickly). Again, it is a book I would at least like to say I have read before I say I categorically hate it, but I will probably be locating it from alternate means to full price in a bookshop.

The Fault in our Stars just gives me icky feelings. I know people get cancer, I know people die and I know sometimes they’re my age or younger but… just the premise of this book just makes me uncomfortable. For that reason alone, I don’t think I’d ever even consider reading this. Romanticising cancer (however much you try and play it down, it is romanticising cancer) is not cool. I will also, definitely, not watch the movie.

Gone Girl, meh, this just doesn’t really float my kayak. A lot of my non-reader friends actually read this and enjoyed it but for me it just didn’t appeal. Maybe I will read it one day if I’m bored but, honestly, there’s no ‘attraction’ to it for me (aside from the cover, which is pretty cool!)

A Game of Thrones is self explanatory, surely? All my friends were reading this at school 3 or 4 years ago. Again this is one I’d like to read but I would like to read a lot of other things a lot more…! The TV series has successfully been avoided and, right now, so are the books!

Finally we have Ready Player One which is one I have here just because I’ve heard so much about the title but so little about the book. I know a lot of people received this as a proof/ARC and again there was a boom last summer as Ernest Klein’s next book is to soon be published. Anyway, I’m always dubious of books that are all over every blogging platform but you learn very little about – a review of “zomgz I couldn’t put this down” is sadly not enough to sway me! I think I may give this a go, though it is likely to be a kindle purchase (like many of the books above!)

So, yes, this is surprisingly bitchy and I’m sorry. I’m not normally so rude but I decided to not sugar coat this! Honourable mentions to TwilightDivergentThe Mortal Instruments, and most other YA series here which I’ve also sort of hidden from!

Are there books that you’ve never read because they’ve been overhyped? Are there any currently hyped books that you’ve not read/are avoiding? Are there any hyped books that you feel deserve it?

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

  1. I’ve read Cloud Atlas and I understand why you don’t want to read it right now, it really needs to be read a few times for you to “get” it. The Bone Clocks was good too but not as good as Cloud Atlas.

    I really really really love Ready Player One. Like really love it. I read it in 6 hours on a train journey from Bath to Edinburgh. I actually got an ARC of Armada (his new book) the other day. Its good but parts of it feel very similar to Ready Player One.

    Have to admit I really liked Fangirl too, but that was because I’ve been reading fanfiction since I was 14 and it was fun to read about a fanfiction writer.

    • Ahhh! Thank you for really boosting some of those in my esteem! I’m glad to hear honest opinions about books, I just often feel that some opinions are artificial which always leaves me wary!

      I think RPO and Cloud Atlas are going to be ones I do read in the nearer future, Fangirl is one that I may just pick up on a lazy Saturday afternoon! I used to be a fanfiction writer myself so it is one that interests me in some respects!

  2. I had exactly the same opinion of The Hunger Games until I saw the first film. It was EVERYWHERE at school and I didn’t see the appeal, but then I saw the film at the start of uni (simply because all my flatmates were watching it) and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected! So it’s on my TBR. I agree about Rainbow Rowell and TFIOS – I couldn’t stand Eleanor and Park so probably won’t read any of her other books (apart from maaaaaybe Attachments) and I really, really dislike John Green and his whole “nerds are so much better than normal people! I love teenagers! I’m an adult man who thinks it’s funny to draw on my face with a Sharpie!” thing.

  3. Ahh hype always ruins the appeal, I think.

    Other than The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, I haven’t read any of these either. I’d like to read Cloud Atlas and I do have Gone Girl to read though…

    My book group lately has been reading the summer hypes and they have been reasonably good.

    One of the big hyped books I’ve yet to read is Life of Pi. I really ought to but I’m afraid I won’t like it!

  4. I haven’t read LOTR either, and I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m probably just not going to. I just don’t see it happening. I also agree about coming-of-age stories…not sure how old you are, but I kind of “aged out” of YA just as it was becoming a big thing (I read the first Hunger Games book my senior year in college, and I liked it/the series, but not much other YA has ever appealed to me), so I just don’t really see the appeal, as a 25-year-old, of books written for teenagers.

  5. I love reading people being a bit bitchy in their posts about books! Even though Jane Austen is completely my heroine and Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece and Jane can actually do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. (I mayyy get a bit fanatical about her)(maybe).

    Also I’m a huge LotR and The Hobbit fan. Also the Lord of the Rings films are honestly one of the greatest things to have been produced in living memory probably? (Who says I get too enthusiastic about media I enjoy? :P) I get why some people don’t love the LotR books, because they’re pretty dense and heavy-going, but The Hobbit is such a cute children’s book! If you like fantasy that is.

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