In a recent video, Jesse The Reader talked about books he has read because of the hype (link), and whether it was worth it or not, and it inspired me to share some of my picks as well! I realised that since I joined bookstagram and the book community in general, of course my reading has been influenced by that of others. Sometimes it allows me to discover books that are right up my alley, and sometimes I end up picking up books that I keep hearing and hearing about, and that’s where the hype played its part. So here are five books that I picked up for that very reason!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is probably the most recent one on my TBR. I’ve seen so much talk about it that I simply had to know what the fuss was about. Was it worth it? Yes. Absolutely. I loved everything about it: the format, the characters, the story. This book was amazing and I’m so glad that I discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid through it. I’m going to dive right into the hype and say it:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I feel like the hype has died down a bit when it comes to this one, but it used to be really everywhere when YA dystopia was the shit (I feel like things have shifted a bit). While I did enjoy the first book, the sequels were a bit disappointing in my opinion. I don’t regret reading them, but I do think they didn’t deserve the hype. Although to be fair I also have to state that I did finish the series, including both prequels, which is quite rare considering the amount of trilogies and series that I have started and never completed…
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of this book, and I can’t say whether I would have picked it up without it. I kept hearing and hearing about it, even before it was published. So I had to see for myself. Was it worth the hype? Yes, definitely, I loved it and I cannot wait for the sequel.
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
If I remember correctly the first book of hers that I read was Vicious because I got it in a giveaway on Instagram. I wasn’t necessarily planning on pursuing my reading of her other books, but the hype convinced me to give ADSOM a try and I’m so glad that I did. This trilogy was absolutely fantastic.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
I kept hearing about this book around the time the movie was released. I heard a lot of praise, so I was curious about it. I remember hearing that if I liked John Green’s books I would like this one, so I thought that for sure I had to pick it up. And eventually, I read it. Well let me tell you, I was thoroughly disappointed. My standards aren’t actually that high when it comes to books, and I usually enjoy most of what I read but here I simply couldn’t stand the main character, and wasn’t drawn to the story at all. Maybe this just wasn’t the book for me. Actually we don’t hear much about it these days, and I’m fine with it. (
Have I mentioned that I’m all here for the new releases?)
Other books I read because of the hype: Divergent by Veronica Roth (liked the first one, but was disappointed by the rest of the series) and The Mortal Instruments series which I am enjoying, but have yet to finish!
Next on my list of hyped books that I want to check out: American Royals by Katharine McGee. I have been hearing about this book for MONTHS, so much so that I was SURE that it was already released, but it’s actually being published in early September, and now I really have to read it ASAP!