Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read
Not to be confused with any "Popular Books I Will Never Read" lists... or that one Top Ten from a few weeks ago: Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read. Because they're not the same thing even if, in my mind, they sometimes are. After a few failed recommendations from friends who were adamant that I read some of those overly hyped, really, really popular books, I've become wary of books that get a ton of hype... even when I'm the one who creates the hype for myself.
Not that I've never read my fair share of ultra hyped books or series--Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Da Vinci Code, probably every Michael Crichton book ever written... I even own every copy of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels (a series very hyped among anime, manga, and Japanese light novel fans).
Anyway... The following list only depicts books I haven't read, maybe hadn't thought of reading before, or just haven't gotten into the mood of reading. It doesn't necessarily mean I won't ever read them. I just haven't "gotten around to" them. Yet. (Or ever.)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I know this is a weird combination of books, but these three were seriously the first three majorly hyped books that came to mind for this topic as soon as I read the topic. These as well as all the other John Green books. I haven't read them. I might. I just don't know when.
To All the Boys I've Love Before by Jenny Han
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The rest of these books required a little more research, as I wasn't quite sure what books are considered hyped in general, which ones are considered hyped mainly in the bookish community, and which ones i personally considered really hyped.
And no. I don't have anything against hyped books. It's great that books get so much attention. I just hate building too much expectation and then getting disappointed. That happens. But I suppose the only way to find out if a book lives up to its hype is to read it. Which I will at some point in time.
Of the above, I've never really had the inclination towards The Catcher in the Rye--even in high school I was doing the whole pretentious, "I'm not going to read it because everyone else is reading it" thing. We had four books to choose from from the "Classic YA Coming-of-age" literature pile to read in class. 80% of the class chose The Catcher in the Rye. There was a scattered choosing of a second book that I don't remember the title to. Myself and one other girl chose to read a book that I vaguely remember about a Native American boy growing up after some tragedy (When the Legends Die? I think?). The last book was unchosen and I do it no justice by also forgetting what title it was.
Anyway, I digress...
Of the books above, I am actually considering reading To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Lightning Thief. The rest are on my TBR as well, but I've never come upon the right mood to want to read them.
But we'll see.
I'm sure there are a LOT of other books out there I haven't read that are very hyped. I could name at least ten more. But I won't. This list could end up way too long.