If you think I’m a strong independent bookworm who follows my heart and doesn’t conform to society…
…then you are 100% wrong, my friend.
I’m an entirely peer-pressured reader. I just don’t want to miss out on anything! I mean, sure maybe that Super Famous Hyped Book doesn’t look like my thing — but if I don’t read it then: (A) I won’t know what everyone is talking about, and (B) I’ll be as curious as that cat who died that one time, and (C) I will be unable to avoid mortals shrieking at me “BUT WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET, CAIT??? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE????” *
So yes, if it’s a hyped book, there is a 96.4% chance I will read it.
And am I ashamed of my peer-pressured status? WELL NO. Because if everyone is talking about it maybe it’s good?!? Maybe I should just find out?!?? MAYBE THE BOOK IS MAGIC AND ANYONE WHO READS IT WILL HAVE THEIR HOUSE TURN TO CHOCOLATE SO THEY HAVE CHOCOLATE SNACKS FOR THE REST OF THEIR BORN DAYS??!?!? ** You never know until you read those hyped books. So I read.
* What am I doing with my life? Ohhh, I don’t know. READING 200 OTHER BOOKS PER YEAR AND CONQUERING PLANETS. SO STOP JUDGING ME AND SIT DOWN, YOU UNDERCOOKED LASAGNA.
** Honestly, a house of chocolate would be a bad idea because I would eat it all and then have no house. Also I doubt it’d last me “for all the rest of my born days”. Maybe a week. Maybe a fortnight if I paced myself. Whoever’s writing this post has got appalling realism. Oh wait….it me. Hahaha.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday to talk about “Books You Read Because of Recommendation” and I’m accusing the WHOLE internet of being my recommender. BECAUSE HYPE, PEOPLES. I am such a sucker. Sometimes hyped books work for me, sometimes they don’t and I cry over it biannually if I remember to pen it into my calendar. Why yes, I have a colour-coded schedule for showing emotions, don’t we all?
1. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
Everyone single blogger and their pet fish was yelling at me to read this. Actual ALL CAPS YELLING WHICH IS SO RUDE REALLY I WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE —
Okay, I’ll stop myself right there. I potentially yell at people in all caps all the time to read my favourite books. So this is fair. This is karma.
Least to say, I’m super pleased everyone yelled because even though I’m not a huge contemporary fan and theatre is utterly terrifying what with all those people staring at you and all those lines to memorise when I can’t even remember what I ate for lunch so ergo I try to avoid theatre books — I STILL LOVED THIS ONE.
2. EMMY & OLIVER
Oh look. Another CONTEMPORARY. I always fall prey to the contemporary hype, apparently. But since Emmy & Oliver has much witty banter — I’m okay with my peer-pressured status.
Even if the cover is about as interesting as a THE BACK OF A SHAMPOO BOTTLE. I mean, seriously. I need to go look at a cake and restore my eyeball’s sense of peace and balance.
3. MADE YOU UP
HAHHAH ANOTHER CONTEMPORARY. Okay, but this is a little different, because it’s about schizophrenia and I’m very deeply interested in mental illness books. But I distinctly remember thinking “Oh I must read this” and then seeing bloggers yell that it’s absolutely superb and thinking “OH I MUST BUY THIS”. That escalated. So I bought. And it’s disgustingly glorious in every way.
Bless you bloggers, and your yelling tendencies.
4. HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOUR
I planned to skip this one. I had an entire 8-part-apocalypse-survival plan in process to utterly avoid this book because it’s (A) by an author whose book I previously disliked, and (B) it’s about social anxiety which…I… have. I DON’T LIKE TO READ ABOUT ANXIETY BECAUSE IT GIVES ME ANXIETY. But then I broke because someone assured me it was a good representation. (And it is. Much nerd. Much banter. Much recommend.)
And what can I say? You can literally put a book in front of me while I yell “I DON’T WANT TO READ THAT” and 2.4 seconds later I’ll be eating it because I can’t help myself.
5. A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
Basically #bookstagram was all over this because of the cover. And good job, sir! That cover is gorgeous! It is the kind of cover I want painted across a cake! So I can look at the cake and say “I WANT A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU” and I will not be wrong! *
I mean, the awkward part is I thought the book was horrendous. Except for the Russian bit because VIVA LA RUSSIA! ** But the cover, yes? The cover makes up for one girl racing through alternate realties to kiss multiple boys. You know what my priorities would be if I was dimension hopping? TRYING DIFFERENT DIMENSIONAL CAKE. ***
* Sometimes I wonder if I make too many cake metaphors and then I think….nah.
** I realise this is Spanish, so I’ve probably just offended 9 countries by misusing language here. But if it makes those 9 countries feel any better I only just learned that “Hachette Publishers” is not pronounced “Hatchet” like the small axe that is a very useful tool for surviving family reunions. So basically I CANNOT WORD. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE WORD. ALL WORD ARE CONFUSING TO ME.
*** It’s official. There’s no hope for me at all.
6. THE SELECTION
Because it’s famous. That is literally the only reason I picked it up. Plus the girl is wearing a gorgeous dress (we’ve established that I’m incredibly shallow when it comes to covers) and I appreciate the fact that she’s sniffing under her arms before waltzing off to make-out with a prince. Because sweat is real, peoples. Let’s acknowledge it in books and use deodorant.
ALSO I DID LIKE THIS! I haven’t read the rest of the series…but…I lowkey enjoyed it.
7. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
For some reason in 2015 this book was ALL OVER #BOOKSTAGRAM. So I fully blame #bookstagram for the fact that I decided to read it. And you know what? IT’S THE BEST BOOK EVER. This is coming from me! A heinous fantasy-lover. I ADORED A CONTEMPORARY AND I’M NOT ASHAMED. I ordered the sequel about ten seconds after finishing the first (which was a library book so #tragedy, but I don’t own it) and I’m so obsessed with it I was a MESS AT THE END with all my questions and feelings.
Also do you know what it’s about? DO YA? DO YA? Well, kissing boys but also — FOOD.
8. THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD
This made quite a wild splash when it came out, because firstly: CONTROVERSY. * And secondly: look at that cover. That girl is going to make a splash when she lands no matter what. Or perhaps a splat.
Anyway, hype, you FAIL ME. I was dreadfully bored in this and napped twice.
* I still don’t really understand what the shouting was about, but that’s because sometimes I pay more attention to my rearranging my books into colour-coded lines than reading articles on the internet. I’d be sorry, but AESTHETICALLY PLEASING BOOKSHELVES, YES.
9. THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Because it’s a BANNED BOOK ACTUALLY!! And if someone says “no one should read this book because it is an abomination” you can bet your Italian noodles that I am going to be reading it. Well, actually — I listened to a dramatised audiobook and haven’t cracked open my copy at all. Which, I might add, I got for 50 cents at a library sale because goooooo me and my excellent book buying skills. ANYWAY IT’S AWESOME. I WANT A DAEMON. *
* This sounds kind of evil if you haven’t read the book, but it’s just code for “talking pet that is actually your soul or something”. Mine would be a dragon and I would name it Ferdinand and we would have ever so much fun.
10. A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
It took me an ashamedly long time to dive into this series, which is RIDICULOUS because I’d read Vicious already and loved it. But yet it took a lot of the internet yelling before I ate it. And now look at me. I‘M AN OBSESSED EMOTIONAL MESS AND I HAVE FEELINGS. I shouldn’t have feelings. Where is my Vulcanism going?? Someone take this series away from me * before I LOSE MY MIND over my smol precious children who are very busy trying not to die and recreationally failing.
UGH I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. The hype is perfect. The hype is truth. And if by some reason like you were recently lost in space for a long amount of time and had no WiFi connection and you missed the wild hype over this series then, here. Let me help you out: GO READ IT ASAP. **
* Wait. No. Don’t take it away from me. DON’T SEPARATE ME FROM MY FRACTURED SOUL WHICH I LEFT INSIDE THIS SERIES OR I WILL BITE.
** Plus you can always trust me because I only give the best recommendations and, coincidentally, I have the best taste. #humble I mean, seriously, if someone says they like CAKE and DRAGONS, they automatically are good people. This is me.