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Top 10 Hyped Books I've Never Read

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Hype can sometimes scare me off books. Hype from the right reviewers has also gotten me to overlook my (usually accurate) gut feeling from the cover/synopsis. (Results on these reads are mixed.)

So, hype isn't a major contributing factor in most of my reading decisions (unless you count the fact that I might not have heard of some books had the company not been hyping them), but I have noticed that I haven't read a lot of hyped books. Cause and effect? Possibly, but doubtful. Correlation? Definitely. :)



The first three are some of the (many) children's classics I missed and might go back to. The next four are hyped YA books/series I haven't and probably won't read. The three after that have lots of hype and will hopefully be read eventually. The last one...yeah, not happening. :)

That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I survived my Floriday. :)

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  1. Must. Restrain. Myself...

    I could seriously go on and on about why you must read several of those books, but I won't. Except for The Little Prince. That book changed my entire perception of the world when I was younger, and I will spend my life pushing it on people. *pushes it at you* And not gushing about A Wrinkle in Time and Hitchhiker's Guide is making me twitch a little. :-)

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    1. I think I can be talked into The Little Prince, especially since I'm super behind on my GR Challenge and need some quick reads. ;) I have A Wrinkle in Time on my shelf, but, like so many others, it takes backseat to the advance copies with deadlines. Someday. :(

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  2. The Little Prince is definitely a quick read. And it's beautiful, too! :) I've read TFIOS but I can't say I fell in love with it. I liked Divergent, but the rest of the series not so much. Throne of Glass and FSoG are on my TTT list, too. :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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    1. It seems that hyped books always have a ton of people who have read them and a ton of people who haven't. I know that's technically the case with every book, but it seems more pronounced when the book is more well known (or else the numbers are just greater). Nature of the beast? :)

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    2. Hype can be both a good and a bad thing, right? Because there are readers who get caught up with the hype and there are those who tend to avoid it. :)

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  3. The Book Thief was quite enjoyable! Shadow and Bone, Divergent and Throne of Glass were all books I just could not get into. I DNFd both S&B and ToG pretty early on because the characters weren't doing it for me. I think hype really killed those for me. I was expecting kick ass characters and well, I didn't see it. :/

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    1. I think I read half a page each of Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass during a bad reading spell and never felt compelled to try again, especially the more reviews I read. High expectations can be the kiss of death for books; especially when a first person character talks about how cool and awesome and strong s/he is and then never does anything. :P

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  4. Ahhh! SHADOW AND BONE!!!! It's one of my very favorites! And I loved Throne of Glass. I'm one of the few who is not a huge fan of Divergent (I actually like the movie better). I finally read The Fault in Our Stars a few months ago (required reading for my YA lit class). It was ok, but not as amazing as the hype led me to believe. Same with A Wrinkle in Time. I found that book to be pretty strange. Haha. And Fifty Shades... I'm with you. It's never happening. I did not even want that cover on my blog, so I didn't include it. Haha!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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    1. I've heard so many people rave about Shadow and Bone and, to some extent, Throne of Glass, but there seem to be more mixed feelings about TFIOS. (Granted, there was a TON of hype for that last one.) Yep, no 50 Shades in this future. :)

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  5. Shadow and Bone is good but the sequels disappoint. Divergent is awful. I have not read 50 Shades the pull quotes I have are pretty bad too. Not sure this list is one you are missing out a lot on. Oh, Wrinkle in Time is pretty good.

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    1. Hmm, I'm very hesitant to start a series if I know I'm likely to dislike the sequels. :( I feel like I should read A Wrinkle in Time at some point because it's such a sci-fi classic.

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  6. Hi Kel!!! Where to start? I loved the Green Gable series (all the book!) and I adore it. I read The Little Prince years ago, but I remember that it was short, sweet and heartbreaking. I've read 4-8 and they are all really good, although I haven't finished the Divergent series or the Grisha series. The Book Thief is a MUST read, one of my favorite books ever!

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    1. Short sounds good right now... >.> Curse you, GR Challenge!

      I really hope to get around to The Book Thief at some point. I thought the movie was wonderful, but I think this is one worth reading, too.

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  7. I'm surprised by this list! You haven't read the Little Prince? I didn't love it or anything, it's cute enough, but it's so short that it's easy to just knock off.
    Screwtape Letters? Lewis' masterpiece, imo. It changed the way I think aBout my actions, reactions, choices, life. I want to listen to it on audio so bad!
    Throne of Glass you might enjoy as there is little romance. Well, at least in the first two books. :)

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    1. Yay for short! And I think The Little Prince got adapted into some sort of (slightly older) graphic novel series, too? Maybe I'll track that down while I'm at it.

      I believe Scribd had The Screwtape Letters audiobook. Time to sign up for a free 30-day trial? ;)

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    2. The Little Prince graphic novel series?? Okay, THAT would be awesome!

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  8. I may be biased with Anne of Green Gables and the Wrinkle In Time series. Dad read them to me when I was a kid. I went back in my teens and read them both again, and loved them. Especially the Wrinkle In Time books. So if you get around to it, I'd recommend reading them!

    Throne of Glass was also good. Better than I expected it to be, given all the hype. I haven't read any of the others. Though I've had friends who are in that scene, tell me the 50 Shades book is all kinds of wrong and bad. So I agree you shouldn't read that one.

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    1. I do hope to get around to A Wrinkle in Time (if for nothing else than to replace the memory of that horrendous CGI in the made-for-TV movie). ;)

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  9. Meh, Throne of Glass. Wait on that series. I personally thought the Grisha trilogy was just okay. I loved Divergent and Insurgent... not going to read Allegiant though :D And I don't think I will ever read the 50 Shades series! E.L. James doesn't strike me as a very good writer or nice person (that book-throwing gif debacle was HORRIBLE).

    Anyway. Happy reading, Kel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Hmm...based on that, sounds like not going for the three YA series is a good idea. And yes to no 50 Shades! I missed the book-throwing gif--wha? But that's not unusual considering how little I'm on Twitter. I'm sure I'll go on to lead a happy, productive life despite not knowing. ;)

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  10. hahaha! It's on your list too! That gray area is everywhere ;) Glad to see that at least! Yes I read TFiOS and was captured by it but now I'm over kind of everything John Green. You're better off without it. Throne of Glass I actually did really enjoy...and I'm not into a lot of fantasy so I was surprised I liked it as much as I did :)

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    1. Oh yes! I've seen varying shades of grey all over this topic. ;) Haha, that may be the first time someone's told me I'm better off without TFiOS! Throne of Glass I may go back and try someday...though I'll probably wait and see if people are satisfied with how it ends.

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  11. I haven't read most of these either! I did really like Divergent, but, well, I won't be reading the rest of the series.
    Obviously you saw my tattoo and know how much I love The Fault in Our Stars!

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    1. It sounds like the first volumes were the real hype generators on most of these series, especially on Divergent. Haha, of course the tattoo! :D

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