Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped books that I’m not interested in reading

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 LyingThe 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? 

Until next time

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped books that I’m not interested in reading

  1. I agree completely with One of Us Is Lying and The Hazel Wood: the hype train was overcrowded so I decided to hop off. I wish I’d done the same with The Graces because I ended up hating it!

    Red Rising is one of my favourite books of all time, but that’s the only book on your list that I’ve read and loved. I’m hoping to read Shatter Me and Illuminae at some point, but I’m not overly fussed if I don’t get to them.

    1. Ah that’s a shame about the Graces, but I appreciate you carrying on my train metaphor. 😉 What was it about the book that you didn’t like? In some of the reviews I’ve read people said the plot was boring and they couldn’t relate to the characters. (That was another reason I got firmly off the train at my stop.) I’m glad you like Red Rising, as I always think it’s great when people have vastly different opinions on books – it makes it all unique and offers different perspectives on the same novels. If you read either of them, you’ll have to let me know if they’re worth the hype. 😉

  2. I read Red Rising recently, because everyone had told me it was an incredible book and I should read it. But being honest, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It’s a shame when a book has so much hype but you can’t enjoy it. At least now I know I wouldn’t recommend it lol 😬

    1. Aww man, I’m sorry you didn’t like it Sofii – there’s nothing worse than reading a book that’s been highly recommended and ending up disappointed! It’s really frustrating. I hope you picked up something else straight after that turned out to be great? 🙂

  3. I was agreeing with all of them and then stopped with ‘One of Us is Lying’ – which I loved. Glad I’m not alone in not wanting to read the rest though! Great post! X

    1. Ahaha I’m glad you thought it was good! I enjoy hearing when other people love books that I don’t because it gives me a different perspective, and often the other person will have picked up something in the book that I didn’t. 🙂 Thanks Jo!

  4. Sky In The Deep though, it’s amazing. I was lucky enough to get a review copy on NetGalley and loved it. I hope it drops back on your TBR one day!
    I have read probably about half of these, and I did find Daughter of the Pirate King to be infuriating – I kept waiting for it to pick up and nope 😦
    Cora |

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! ❤ I've seen the ARCs and they look gorgeous, but I just haven't felt the hype surrounding it for some reason. Oh man, that's such a shame about Daughter of the Pirate King, but it makes me even more sure that I'm not going to read it. Do you think you'll read the sequel?

  5. I love this topic. I’ve been kind of ambivalent about the Jenny Han books – everyone says they’re so wonderful and gives them the highest of reviews, but I have little patience for contemporary YA, so I don’t think I’d be very into them.

    1. Thanks Anna! Yeah, I feel the same about Jenny Han actually, so she could have been on this list too. I know that a lot of people love her trilogy, but, as cute as I think it sounds, there are other contemporary romances I want to read much more (From Twinkle With Love for example!). 🙂

    1. Yeah, I’ve heard so many good reviews about it, but I just get kind of Hunger Games/Divergent vibes from it, and while I liked those at the time, I’m not fussed on them anymore. I do still like dystopian novels, but I think the premise has to really draw me in, and Shatter Me just hasn’t done that unfortunately!

  6. I can’t see me reading the ACOTAR series either. Same with My Lady Jane. At first, it sounded like a fun read that’s basically an exaggerated and comical twist on these historical figures, but I never felt that pull to read the book.

    1. ACOMAF was the best of the ACOTAR books, and I feel like it was kind of concluded at three, and doesn’t need another book (or another three)? Yeah, My Lady Jane had so much hype, but I have to really love the premise of a historical fiction for me to want to pick it up, and I just didn’t get excited by it at all. I think it’s fine to be disinterested in hyped books though, otherwise I’d be adding 20+ new books to my TBR every day and it would be even more out of control than it is now. 😛

    1. I think One of Us Is Lying came out at a time when I wasn’t too fussed about mysteries, because I’d read With Malice and really not liked it, so that definitely contributed to my apathy. I may still pick it up at some point if I have a resurgence in the need to read mystery/thrillers though. I’ve seen a lot of people say how good Illuminae is, but I just don’t get that urge to pick it up that I usually do when someone says ‘this book is awesome!’ And I’m kind of done with SJM apart from the final TOG book, which I think I’ll read for some closure on the series. 🙂

  7. Oh my god, so many of these would be on my own list! I actually preordered ACOFAS at the beginning of the year but then realised…I’m not actually bothered about Sarah J Maas all that much any more. I cancelled the preorder and it feels weirdly liberating to finally just think “nah…” and not be caught up by the hype!
    Great post Kate!! ❤

    1. Haha yes! I think we have pretty similar tastes in books. Yeah, I feel the same about SJM, as I’ve discovered other authors I like much more. I think I’ll probably read the final TOG book, but that might be it for me. I don’t think I’ve ever cancelled a pre-order before, but I can totally imagine the feeling of hitting that button and being like ‘byeeee’. I love being involved in the hype for books that I’m genuinely excited about (and desperate for), but I’d 100% agree that sometimes it’s so nice to be outside of it, just chilling. Thanks Ashleigh 🙂 ❤

      1. It just means you can dedicate all that extra time yelling about all of VE Schwab’s new releases *shrugs* she has enough to keep you going for awhile ahaha!

  8. I’ve read Sky in the Deep and Shatter Me from your list, the first which I really enjoyed, and the second which I also enjoyed–BUT, I gave up on the Shatter Me books after I realized that the second book tuned the characters into weird-ass people and NOPENOPE I’m not having any of that bye. The other books are still on m TBR, but I’m thinking of taking Red Rising off it because I just don’t see myself actually wanting to get to it anytime soon. And I’ve heard Daughter of the Pirate King handles important topics (I’ve heard sexual assault) really badly. :/

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Ah I’m glad you enjoyed them, but that’s a shame about the Shatter Me series? What was it about the characters changing that you didn’t like? You’ve made me curious! Oh no, that’s not good about Daughter of the Pirate King, I’m even less inclined to read it now. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. Ah nice post! I wasn’t interested in reading the Shatter Me series at first, but I bought the books in a boxset (for like €15) and therefore started reading it and I really liked it! On the other hand, I’m not quite interested in The Throne of Glass series, the Mortal Instruments series and I am also not really interested in The Daughter of the Pirate King and Red Rising. I haven’t read the Illuminae series yet, and I wasn’t quite interested at first, but after reading so many positive reviews I am very curious about those books.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s