Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)?

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

  1. I am totally with you on your reaction to the people who read over a hundred books a year. Seriously, how in the world is that even possible?! I thought I was a fast reader, but those people are leaps and bounds ahead of me. Anyway, I’m with you on All The Light We Cannot See. It just doesn’t really appeal to me. I have read LOTR, but I actually prefer the film’s version of that story. The Goldfinch is also on my list, but in that case I really do want to read it. I just haven’t yet. Someday. 🙂

    • A lot of people (book people, even!) prefer the LOTR films, which surprises me. But they’re probably much less of a time investment with basically the same return, so I guess I can see it. And I too thought myself a fast reader and was always told I was, but then I started blogging and realized just how slow I am compared to many of the people in the blogging community!

  2. Goldfinch and the Miniaturist I actually rushed out and bought and still haven’t looked at! Very bad. I always put my own books last – it’s just silly really.
    Lynn 😀

    • Oops!! I did the same thing with a few on my Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Releases from earlier in the year–preordered them and still haven’t read them =\

  3. I loved The Goldfinch, but if you haven’t read any Donna Tartt I’d recommend starting with The Secret History. I also love The Miniaturist, which is definitely not an exciting page-turner; it’s more of a slow burn, and the strength is in the historical details and intriguing characters. I’m with you on All the Light We Cannot See (that one made my list too.)

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I definitely have to pick up The Miniaturist again sometime. I was expecting something it wasn’t supposed to be, so I guess I just need to be in the right mood for it!

  4. Teens dying isn’t really my cup of tea either but for some reason that book makes you feel, and it really brings you into thinking beyond that, like death, and how things just happen, I suppose what I’m saying is that the book makes you feel and think beyond, it’s not just the story itself…if you get what I’m saying LOL

    My #TTT

    Have a great week!

    • Thanks for adding your thoughts! I’ve heard lots of good things, many along the lines of what you said, but the whole thing (romance, death, YA) just adds up to something I’m not really interested in, and all the hype just makes me that much more wary. Of course, if you like it, more power to you and I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s just not my personal cup of tea for a variety of reasons. 🙂

  5. I read TFioS, and wasn’t all the excited about it. I think the movie has the same feel, and I enjoyed it as much as one can with the subject it’s on.

  6. Heh, I’m one of those people who read hundreds of books a year. This year, I’ve included everything on my Goodreads challenge, even picture books and short stories. My current count is 241. I read to my kids, both for pleasure and for school (I homeschool), I listen to audiobooks while doing housework, showering, etc., and I work part time, from home, so I have more “free” time than most adults. It has not always been this way, and it will change eventually, but I’m enjoying the ride.

    I own, and plan to read, The Goldfinch. TFIOS doesn’t interest me at all. If you ever want to read about a teen with cancer A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry is amazing.

    • WOW! 241 this year? That’s amazing. I don’t have kids, so I don’t have short books to read, I guess =P but I do audiobooks in the car/shower/etc. (I too only work part time, but my commute is an hour each way.) Guess I’ve gotta step up my game!! 🙂

  7. I’m with you on John Green’s book. I tried twice to read because my daughter loved it. I can’t seem to finish any of his book. Now, don’t get me started on the movie version though. Have you seen it? Tear jerker. Loved the movie.

  8. I just listened to a podcast about Judy Blume (Stuff Mom Never Told You), and now I want to go back and read a ton more of her books. I’ve only read one or two over the years, but she’s a genius!

    I haven’t read LotR either, but I did re-read The Hobbit not to long ago. I was forced to read it in school and hated it. What a difference a few years (or a decade or two) can make. I loved it! All those times that my teacher was saying Tolkien was being funny, she was telling the truth! Haha!

    • I read The Hobbit when I was younger, too—not because I had to, though—and couldn’t follow it at all. Never really been into high fantasy, so I’m just not sure that this or LOTR is worth it for me. Glad you liked it when you gave it another try, though 🙂

  9. Oh – and I wanted to add, I don’t think there is anything wrong with shying away from military books. I’ve mostly avoided it because of the “too close to home” reason as well. Then I got into the Military Spouse Book Review blog (you should check it out if you haven’t already!) and Andria (the blogger) sent me some military books. I’ve mostly liked the stuff I’ve read from her, but it’s definitely not the genre that I gravitate toward. I’m more looking to escape when I read.

    • Glad you understand! I’m not sure whether Redeployment is fiction or nonfiction (or perhaps fictionalized nonfiction?) but in any case, much like with historical fiction, I don’t know enough of the context to truly understand what’s happening in those stories. I mean, there’s only so much to understand when it comes to war, especially when you’re on the ground, but…meh. I’m looking more to escape, too, and would prefer 100% fiction.

  10. The Fault in Our Stars has reached a cultural saturation level that it makes me so much less likely to read it. It’s like the internet has digested it so I don’t have to. Anyway, All The Light We Cannot See seems like book club bait and I can’t decide if that’s good or bad.

    The Bone Clocks is the only book I’ve read from your list. It’s the only David Mitchell book I’ve read so far, so that may have helped as I couldn’t compare it to Cloud Atlas or another of his works. I liked The Bone Clocks quite a bit. The voice of the narrator in the first section was perfect – there is a lot of brilliance in that novel. A climactic fight scene kind of failed for me, but I teared up at the ending.

    • Yes, I feel similarly about TFIOS, and thank you for putting my nebulous feelings about All The Light We Cannot See into words!

      I’m glad to hear you liked The Bone Clocks. I think most reviews I’ve read have been positive, but yours is the first real recommendation, probably. It’s definitely on my list. 🙂 Cheers!

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