There are plenty of books out there I’ve never read; that’s surely true of everyone. No one can read everything, not even those crazy people who read a couple hundred books a year (how do you do it?? I’m lucky if I read 50). And even though comparatively few of those books are “hyped,” both in the general sphere and in the blogosphere, it’s still impossible to read all of them. Here are ten super-hyped books that I’ve never read:
- The Fault in Our Stars – John Green. Teenagers with cancer fall in love and (surprise) one of them dies. Ho-hum. Not really my type of book, thank you.
- The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien. Every year I resolve to read this book, and every year I fail to do so. I’ve given up saying I’m going to do it, because really, I probably won’t, but there’s always the possibility I might. Stranger things have happened.
- All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. I can’t decide whether I think I would like or dislike this book. I’m generally not into historical fiction (mostly because I don’t know enough history to understand most historical contexts), but the concept is intriguing. Unless, of course, the blind French girl and German boy fall in insta-love. Then it shall be blacklisted.
- The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt. Again, a book that is intriguing, but I’m not sure it’s for me. I’ve heard it’s long and can be kind of a slog. Would anyone recommend/not recommend this one?
- Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel. I haven’t read this one primarily because no one bought it for me for Christmas. It’s been on my list for a while, but unfortunately I just don’t see myself getting to it anytime soon what with all the stuff I came back from BEA with.
- In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume. This one, though extremely hyped (and for good reason, Judy Blume is a badass) is also not very high on my list. I never read much Judy Blume when I was younger, although now I wish I had. I read Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, and that was it. I need to go back one day and read everything she’s written, this included.
- The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton. Okay, this is a tiny lie because I’ve actually read a few pages of this, but it didn’t really hook me. I think I have to try again, but from what I’ve read so far it’s not really the exciting page-turner I expected (and that some claim it is).
- Redeployment – Phil Klay. A ton of my friends have recommended this to me because Andrew is in the Army, but it just isn’t really my speed, I don’t think. I think I should be interested in it, and I feel a little bit guilty that I’m not—after all, what kind of military spouse isn’t interested in learning about what really goes on in the Middle East?—and of course, it’s not that I don’t care, but…there are just a lot of other things I’d rather read. This might also just hit a little too close to home for me.
- The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. I’m pretty sure I want to read this at some point, since I loved Never Let Me Go, but I really have to be in the right mood for Ishiguro, and I just haven’t been recently. I’ve been in much more of a “read it fast and get on to the next book” mood rather than a “linger lovingly over beautiful passages” mood, and I definitely have to be in the latter for Ishiguro.
- The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell. I’ve gotten so many mixed reviews about this book. Some say it’s a slog; some say it’s a slog, but it’s worth it; some insist they couldn’t put it down. I don’t know who to believe, so for now I’ll hold off until I have the time to put into it (because the common theme of every review I’ve read is that you do kinda need to give this one your undivided attention).
What’s been super hyped recently that you haven’t read (yet)?by