I love hyped books. I truly do. But far too many excellent books get lost in the crowd.
I’m torn about this because (a) not EVERY book can be massively hyped, this just makes sense, and the average person doesn’t read 4908 books a year so how can we possibly catch everything?! But then on the other side: (b) it’s still frustrating knowing so so many good books are tumbled into the bookish version of that weird kitchen drawer that’s labelled “miscellaneous” and is utterly terrifying to dig through but you’ll probably find batteries and a good biro deep in there somewhere.
What’s going on with my metaphors today? WE DON’T KNOW. WE JUST GO WITH IT.
Also I read 200+ books a year and am still behind. How even.
so let me bring some under-hyped 2018 books to your attention with the #HypeYour5 tag!
Helpful things to know before we begin are:
1) this was created by Mackenzi Lee on instagram!
2) I’m totally going to do TEN lmao you knew I wouldn’t write a post of just five
3) I’m only doing 2018 releases or else this post would be The Wicker King 10 times
4) actually *small claim to fame moment* Mackenzie Lee shared my Story…I…I am STAR STRUCK AND FULL OF SPARKLES
This book is so entirely full of heart and it manages to be soft AND dark?!? It has witches and an island setting and teen girls just trying to figure out what to do with their lives. The actual sweetest f/f romance. Magical birds. And it so captures what it is to have anxiety (relatable) and have a family who bewitch things (less relatable bUT I can live in hope my family will get more interesting someday). I never see much talk about Leno’s books???? Injustice smh.
Apparently I am here for the SALTY BOOKS. Although this one is about monster hunters — it’s basically like the Winchesters from Supernatural, but as four siblings, hunting sea monsters and bickering. Families who slay together, stay together. Aw! Indi is a soft Hufflepuff who wants OUT of this life. It’s really small but packs such an emotional punch. The salt in the title is for (a) your tears, and (b) the ocean, and (c) a good reminder to season your food.
I talk about this one a bit here, but it’s sTILL UNDER HYPED. And actually this is a fabulous comparative title for my next book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, so go ahead and read this while you wait. [INSERT ME FLAILING] It has a neglected boy who ran away and found a loving family…but obviously that doesn’t last forever. Emotionally complex queer love triangle. Really good dyslexia rep. Treehouses. Me feeling way way too many things.
I have a really soft squishy place in my heart for this, because Lindsay is with the same literary agency as me (!!) and we both debuted this year with music books. So like RELATE. This is dual-narrated with a cute romance and it has a mental illness spiral + lots of ambitious kids + and ending that is all ajfdksald. (Apparently I’m a blogger and can’t use words so AJFDSLKAD IT IS.)
This is about an emancipated autistic teen! And the rep is like…so so good!? Astoundingly, it didn’t mock autism or make her change (CUE GASP). And it also has a boy who walks with a cane (I can’t remember the exact name of his condition, but his bones are super soft and breakable). Anyway, there’s animal love and anxiety and homelessness and I will SHOUT. Quite firmly. Until it is read more.
ONE OF MY FAVE FRIENDSHIPS EVER. Ross and Adam will platonically die for each other and you know what??? Here for this. Also trash pirates + dystopian + #ownvoices rep with a bit of retelling of the Japanese concentration camps. And did I mention it is so so good?? TRASH PIRATES.
All you need to know is = GENDERBENT SPARTACUS RETELLING. Look, I just love the badass stabby girls who are utterly terrifying and we love them anyway. Also Attia is a secret burnt marshmallow. And it has Rome and gladiators and the love interest is a soft cinnamon roll assassin. What more can we want. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dude this was creepy. It’s a thriller with a girl who’s literally gaslit the entire time…and it’s CREEPY. I don’t usually like thrillers because the characters seem flat, but this??? nooo. The characters were dimensional and it has creepy childhood imaginary friends. Just to make you look fondly back at your childhood …and scream. Aw!
Again with me saying “eh no” to thrillers…anD THEN FINDING ONE THAT SMASHES MY EXPECTATIONS. Yes please this is good. Also I really love books that are queer but not just contemporaries?! Let the queers take over all the genres ok. This is fine. Anyway there is murder and heartbreak and some seriously messed up stuff. Because MURDER, JOHN.
Also this is a book I bought and then actually read right away and I do not understand who I have become. A functional person?! Wild.
10. THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN by Angelo Surmelis
Aaaaand let’s finish of with one last one to make you CRY. I swear I do read happy books. I…*checks smudged writing on hand* read one back in 1766 and plan to read another one soon. Moving forward → look this book is about abuse and art and tragic Greek boys and has an mlm romance and is #ownvoices. And the cover looks like someone spilled sprinkles. I love sprinkles and I’m also a mess. So this aesthetic calls to me.