Ten Hyped Books I Haven’t Read

Posted July 7, 2015 by Lory in lists / 37 Comments

I don’t usually pay much attention to book hype. If a book sounds good to me I’ll read it, regardless of whether it’s “hot.” However, I have on occasion picked up a book just to see what all the fuss was about — and usually been underwhelmed (The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Da Vinci Code, for example).

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, here are some ultra-hyped books that I haven’t read yet. Some I have no interest in reading, others are on my TBR, and I’m not so sure about a couple.

No

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Yes

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Maybe

  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Are there any of these books you would urge me to read, or other blockbusters you think I should put on my to-read list? Any you think are not worth the hype? I’d love to have your opinions!

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37 responses to “Ten Hyped Books I Haven’t Read

  1. Here’s what I think:

    No
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (warning: it is very, very long)

    DK:
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

    Maybe
    Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

  2. I am holding off of All the Light and Outlander because of the length. Still curious about them though. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. I think both All the Light and Outlander are worth reading. I tried reading Twilight when my niece was all into it, but I had to give up. I won’t read Gone Girl or The Casual Vacancy either, but The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a nice diversion from my usual fare.

  4. You’re not missing much by skipping Twiight. I read it because I had a teenage daughter who was really into it and I can see why it appealed to the younger teenagers but that’s about it. I actually enjoyed (if that’s the right word) Gone Girl but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is on my no list as well.

    • If I had a teenage daughter I would probably read Twilight too. No judgment about any of my “no” books — they’re just not my type of book.

  5. I totally agree with your “No” list! I read Twilight (well, I skimmed some bits and read the rest) and wasn’t interested in continuing the series; I think you would find it annoying. I doubt I’ll read The Casual Vacancy because I’m just not into that sort of book – but I am curious about Rowling’s mysteries written as Robert Galbraith.

    As for your “Yes” and “maybe” lists, A Court of Thorns and Roses intrigues me, too; I’d like to get to it eventually. All The Light We Cannot See almost made my list; it would have been one (or rather is) of my maybe someday books. Outlander is also a maybe someday titles. And I’m not sure about Go Set a Watchman, either – but in my case it’s because [hangs head in embarrassment] I haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird yet.

    • I just reread TKAM and loved it all over again. It might be interesting to read Go Set a Watchman first, though, if it’s the book Lee first submitted to her publishers.

  6. I don’t have any interest in reading the books on your No list either. I have read all of the Outlander novels, but it does seem to be a series that people either love or hate. It’s definitely worth trying the first one to see what you think. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite books, but I’m still not sure whether I want to read Go Set a Watchman or not…I think I probably will eventually!

  7. Kay

    I unfortunately read Twilight. Keep it on your No list. I don’t agree about Gone Girl, though. I read it before all the hype because I was already a Gillian Flynn fan, and it was definitely a Yes. Same with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am pretty sure that Go Set a Watchman is a No for me, because I have educated guesses about its quality. Cloud Atlas should definitely be a Yes! On your Yes list I have only ever heard of Outlander and All the Light We Cannot See. Both of them were good.

  8. I regret reading Twilight and Casual Vacancy. The other two on your “no” list were a little more dark/violent than I usually read, but I actually loved Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I liked Cloud Atlas quite a bit also. I want to read Go Set a Watchman, but I’m really trying not to have expectations for it.

  9. Hahah Twilight… I think Twilight is a good book for younger teens. I read it in high school and LOVED IT. I think I read all 4 books within a week or 2. It’s what got me into reading YA. I think some older adults can enjoy it too, but it’s definitely not for everyone. A Court of Thrones and Roses though I recently finished and really enjoyed! I love Beauty and the Beast retellings that stick closer to the original tale rather than little similarities here and there.

  10. All the Light is a chunkster, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down and I read it in just over a week. The chapters are quick and easy too 🙂

  11. I tend not to read hyped books book there have been exceptions.

    I have not read a single book on your list either 🙂

    With that, some of them look good and are things that I would read.

    My wife read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought that it was excellent.

    I also thought that The Da Vinci Code was disappointing.

    I am waiting to hear what folks have to say about Go Set a Watchman. I am really not sure if it will really be its own novel, or a rough draft of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  12. I don’t usually read hyped books either, unless I am recommended and lent a hyped book by a friend. I have only read 2 books off your list. I thought the first Twilight book was simple and well written book with a supernatural twist. Sadly the rest of series, for me, got more over the top and weaker style wise. I would recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo though. I thought it was a great thriller, with a strong and unusual choice of heroine.

  13. What a great topic. I used to make a point of never reading hyped books, but I found that I missed being part of the conversation and/or missed reading some truly good/great books.

    So now I venture into hype land…occasionally.

    I’m with you on the four No books. i’m a big Outlander fan, and have All the Light We Cannot See and Go Set a Watchman on my reading list for this year. Actually I will read the Harper Lee book the day I get it. I can’t be a book lover and not experience this book as soon as possible!

    Speaking of hyped books, I’m currently thoroughly enjoying listening to The Girl on the Train. Actually I usually reserve my listening time (errands in the car) for the hypers.

    • Sometimes there’s a good reason for the hype! And then sometimes there’s The Da Vinci Code. It’s always a bit of a gamble.

  14. I also agree with your “No List”! I have All The Light We Cannot See on my to read list. I am very intrigued by it. I read Outlander and would actually like to reread it (eventually) because I read it so long ago. I have the second book on audio cd from a friend. I don’t remember the plot and character specifics, but I truly enjoyed it. I was surprised that I did. I also may have to read Go Set a Watchmen. Not sure yet, but I wouldn’t read Gone Girl! It doesn’t stand up to the hype 🙁

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