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Hi everyone! It’s been a whole week since I posted, I know! School kicked my butt last week. I really need to learn to plan out my posts…
This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is a freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about the top 5 books that have scared me away because of the hype. Hype tends to freak me out because of the pressure to like what so many other people like. What if I don’t like the book? What if I want to DNF it? And now, because I’m trying to take my reviews more seriously, what if I have to write a negative review??
The thing is, for the majority of the books I’m about to list, I know I’ll love them, too. I just have to get myself to read them.
1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I don’t know anyone who’s read this that doesn’t love Nevermoor. They could love fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, non-YA and still have the highest praises for this book. Plus, it’s continuously been compared to Harry Potter. Talk about setting the bar high for my expectations.
2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
What book is more hyped in the adult fantasy world right now than The Poppy War? Let me tell you, this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but I have not yet read it! I have seen nothing but positive reviews for this book and amazingly written reviews at that! Check out Kathy’s and Petrick’s reviews.
3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I don’t even know with this one, guys. I’m a total Brandon Sanderson fan, but I keep putting this book off. The hype is huge!! The Stormlight Archives is even nominated for a Hugo this year, and if it wins I might actually have a chance to be there when it gets the award (It’s in San Jose, CA this year, FYI). I think my expectations are scaring me off more than the hype to be honest.
4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone’s hype started way before it even got published, so just purchasing this book made me hesitate. Also, if there’s a book with themes of systematic oppression and colorism written by an #ownvoice author, then I want to love it, and I want to promote it. That being said, even though there is still so much hype surrounding this book, there’s also more criticisms. I’ve heard there is instalove and pacing issues, and I usually can’t get with both.
5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book has so much hype surrounding it that a couple of my friends who don’t read read and loved it. Though, I’m pretty sure they initially picked it up because Pierce Brown was named sexiest author alive or something like that… Regardless, the book community does seem to love this book, and I’ve been putting it off for at least 2 years because there’s so much hype, and what if I hate it??
Have you read any of these? Are there any you think I need to read right this moment? What books have you backed away from because of the hype? Let me know in the comments!