Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
April 17: Freebie
For this week’s theme I’m talking about books that are really hyped, but I’m not that interested in reading them. This doesn’t mean to say they’re not excellent books, they just haven’t excited me enough to want to pick them up.
Don’t get mad, some of these are popular.
I was really excited for the likes of One of Us Is Lying, The Hazel Wood, and The Graces on the run up to their release. The hype train was powering through the book community and I was firmly on board, sipping my tea and looking at the countryside. But after a few weeks, I lost my initial enthusiasm, and decided I wasn’t going to read them after all. It wasn’t really anything tangible that changed my mind, it was more of a growing sense of apathy towards the synopses.
The same can be said for series like Illuminae, Red Rising, and Shatter Me; they’re intensely popular and I’m sure the popularity is merited, but I read their blurbs and just don’t feel a spark. With Sky in the Deep and A Court of Mist and Fury, the hype is almost at its peak ahead of their release, but I’m just not interested in the world-building. I enjoyed the ACOTAR series (although it did have its flaws), but I feel like the story concluded nicely in ACOWAR, and I’m finished with it now.
Perhaps I’ll end up reading some of these one day, but for now they’re firmly off my TBR. I’ve got other books to read and other characters to meet.
Which popular books are you apathetic about reading? Are there any series you’ve been purposefully avoiding because of the hype?