Occasionally (about 97.4% of the time) I follow book hypes.
What?! I want to know what’s awesome and what people are excited for and what people recommend! I also like to be passionate about books. I’m definitely not scared to get excited.
But. Darn it, there’s always a but.
Getting super-hyped over a book can lead to having way too high expectations. And when they fall splat? It’s not pretty.
There’s quite a few books coming-soon that I’m worried to read because either a) I’ve personally over-hyped them in my skull or, b) the blogosphere is insanely crazy about them, therefore I am too, therefore over-hype. AGAIN.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read.
I’m taking it from the over-hyped angle. (And this can be over-hyped by just me or…by the blogsphere in general.) And, to be honest? I am going to read all of these books. I can’t help myself. (I have an addiction to stories.)
1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Of course this is over-hyped! The movie is coming out at the end of this month! Cue screaming fans and sell-outs of tissue boxes (I’ve heard it’s a tear jerker anyway). I’m particularly worried because I think I’d like this book. There’s a cellist. I AM A CELLIST. Why have I not read it yet?
2) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
3) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
4) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I ACTUALLY OWN THIS. I won it. (Because I am lucky.) And I was freakishly excited because I love creepy retellings. This ticked all the boxes of perfection for me.
And then everyone started hating it.
And I got scared.
And it sits, rather lonely, on my to-be-read pile, waiting for me to pluck courage and click my heels into Kansas to see for myself.
5) Talon by Julie Kagawa
I need to see fire and I am death and maybe a hobbit or two.
6) Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
7) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Please, don’t hurt me. Remember how I am a nice blogger and am so enjoyable to be around and that you love me to pieces. DON’T HURT ME BECAUSE I HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK.
About 90% of the bloggers I know have read this book and love it. No pressure for me, right? Not only am I hopelessly behind, I’m also nervous to whether I’ll enjoy it or not. For starters, the trilogy features big books. (Scary.) And secondly, I can’t even understand half the names in the blurb. What’s the book going to be like?
8) Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
I’m nervous because I’m not a huge fantasy genius. I get…lost. Easily. You should see me trying to drive through a recipe. No wonder my cupcakes are something to behold. (Actually, I’m not a bad cook anymore, but I did have some dismal failures like an orange cake that tasted like the ocean. Not in a good way. SALT, peoples, TOO MUCH SALT. But I digress.)
It got a fair hypish (totally a word, don’t argue) workout around the blogosphere because of the little novella that was free for a while. So why not read it?! I was slightly underwhelmed with the novella but still keen on the book.
And then the reviews for this started coming in. Oh, cheese and sprinkles. It’s in the 3-star range.
9) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Second Dorothy rewrite? Apparently I’m more scared of Toto than I let on.
My sister (my other sister…not the one you know) bought this for me for my birthday. Which is in January. Which was a long time ago. Shall I hide now, or later? I want to read this badly, but I’m scared because it’s a) an adult book and they’re not always my favourite cupcake, and b) I’ve heard it’s not the easiest book to read.
I absolutely still am going to read this one. It’s glaring at me from my bookshelf with it’s delightfully green pages. I’m just…very over-hyped in my head about it’s glories and tragedies.
10) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t want my ship to sink. I don’t want bad things to happen. I don’t want to subject myself to another absolutely killer cliff hanger. MY FEELS CAN’T TAKE IT.
I have it on my kindle…I just need to get over this and read it, I know, I know. And so far I’ve rated all of Maas’ books 5-stars, because she is a literary genius and The Assassin’s Blade nearly made me bawl. (SAM.)
I will read this soon. I can do it. Deep breaths. Please please please don’t let my ship sink.
Book hypes aren’t bad, they’re just dangerous.
I’m actually going to read all of these, I am. I’m too curious not too, but I admit! They’re not on the top of my TBRs right now. Let me huddle in my feardom. Don’t judge.
So! QUESTION TIME for you, my favourite blogglings.
Cait just finished editing her book! Huzzah! Usually she’d celebrate with chocolate or the stealing of a small planet or conquering of the moon, but THIS time she celebrated by reading DANGEROUS BOYS by Abigail Haas which was…unbelievably brilliant. And by “brilliant” she means, mind-twisting-and-horrifying-and-do-not-take-your-eyes-off-the-page-brilliant. Go read it. Nowish. Off you go.
PS. We have a giveaway running for 3 copies of Are You Seeing Me if you’d like to enter. Which you do (I just know) so go on.