Top Ten Hyped Books That I’ve Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.

Hype. I don’t like it, especially when it comes to YA books. Honestly? I have trust issues with my generation’s taste in books. The books that explode with hype generally don’t impress me , which over time has made me stray away from any book that has hype. (I’m trying to get over this habit–and if I read a thoughtful review in favor of a “hyped” book, I might give it a shot.)

This isn’t a Top Ten so much as a random collection of authors and books.

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (or anything by John Green)

cover the fault in our stars

I’ve heard good things about this book, but I just can’t make myself pick it up. I’m not a fan of “cancer books”: if I’m going to cry during a book, I’d rather it be about some fantasy tragedy that could never actually happen to me or someone I love. Also, I’ve had the “death” spoiled for me, which kills a lot of the appeal.

2. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Ross

cover Allegiant

I read Divergent and loved it. I read Insurgent and kind of hated it (it DRAGGED). When Allegiant came out, I had basically given up on the story, but I might have picked up the series again, just for closure. And then the ending was spoiled for me by the internet, and I decided that there was nothing left for me in that series.

3. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

cover twilight

I was still in elementary school when this book came out, and though I was reading YA, I hadn’t fallen in love with the paranormal genre yet. By the time I realized I liked paranormal books, I’d heard too many people bash on Twilight for me to pick it up. There were other vampire stories to read.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowelll

cover fangirl

I was thoroughly underwhelmed by Elanor and Park, so Fangirl lacks “author appeal.” I can’t handle stories about twins who aren’t close anymore (my nightmare). Also, the premise of Fangirl doesn’t match my idea of what a book called “fangirl” would be about. I’m going to Comic Con this week–if I’m going to read a book about fangirls, I want Doctor Who posts, Tumblr accounts, and fandom mashups.

5. Any book by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen

I haven’t intentionally avoided these books, but I’ve never sought them out either. There never seemed to be anything unique enough about their plots for me to pick them up out of the sea of random contemporary novels. (Sarah Dessen fans–advocate for these! I need new contemporary books to read and if these are better than they look, say so!)

6. Any book by Rick Riordan (other than the original Percy Jackson series)


I don’t read these on principle. I love it when authors surprise me with their new series. A contemporary author writes historical fiction, a fantasy writer comes out with a contemporary novel. (E.g. Libba Bray). But Rick Riordan just keeps using the same idea with different ancient religions, and even though preteen me loved the Percy Jackson series, I refuse to pick the next book up. I want a NEW story premise.

Bonus: Series that I started Because of the Hype But Didn’t Finish (AKA the source of my trust issues)

7. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

mortal instruments

These started out good and then feel off the rails. The romance got waaaaay too complicated in an attempt at drama. The magic was interesting, I think, but I honestly don’t remember it, so it can’t have been that impressive or unique.

8. Matched series by Allie Condie

matched series

Ehhh…this book relied too much on the romance and the love triangle’s forced drama. There wasn’t anything unique about the story besides the motif of the “Rage Rage” Dylan Thomas poem. The premise of the second book was so different from the beginning of the first book (which I actually enjoyed) that I never thought about continuing the series.

9. The Selection by Kierra Cass

selection series

Too much drama. So much romance, so little of anything else. I never picked up the third book (The One), which was supposed to be the end, but then there is suddenly a fourth? Nope. Nope. I’m done.

10. The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast

this isn't even all of them!!!
this isn’t even all of them!!!

I got eight books into this series. EIGHT BOOKS. And the series has at least a dozen books. The series should have ended around book six, but new plot lines just kept popping up to keep it going, and there were at least four love interests for the protagonist. So I stopped reading.

Have you read any of these books? Did the hype turn you off from them? Do you like hyped books or do you avoid them? Should I pick any of these series again?

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

  1. Oh God, like 6.75 of these were either listed on my post or could have been. I have only read one Sarah Dessen novel, and that was Just Listen about 6 years ago. That book is incredibly personal for me, but I have never read another book by her though I own all of them on my tablet. I have read Riordan’s PJO and started HoO but haven’t finished it, I just love the demigod concept too much to give up on it I guess. I am a huge fan of vampire novels, always have been, read Twilight when it was considered the new hotness and at that time I thought it was okay but not good or great now I am more like meh and when I want vampires return to Anne Rice. Your list is just so relatable!

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      • Anne Rice is the author of The Vampire Chronicles, a vampire book series which follow the character Lestat de Lioncourt who is known as the brat-prince among his fellow vampires. She started the series in 1976 and just last year released a new book after a long break from the series. There is another book expected to be released next year I believe as well. Rice is basically considered to be the original queen of vampire books. Personally, I love Lestat – he truly lives up to his title of brat prince in so many ways. Just the world and story Rice created is beautiful and heart wrenching.


  2. I had the same problem with Allegiant. 😦 The spoiler ruined the entire book for me and I couldn’t force myself to read it.

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  3. I am so glad you pointed out that Rick Riordan has just seemed to rehash the same stories. Change the names and religions then go left instead of right and BOOM! new book series. I was amazed at how many others never seemed to pick up on that.

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  4. I agree with Melanie COMPLETELY!! I love Anne Rice. She’s the reason I love paranormal and all things “impossible!” I picked her books up in Junior High and never turned back. Personally, the Mayfair Witches was my favorite series of hers. I’m a sucker for a good witch story. Also, I agree with about 90% of your statements up there!!!

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  5. I seriously feel like the divergent trilogy was really over hyped. Divergent was a fairly decent book, butt after that it just went downhill. The plot got so twisted and confusing in Insurgent that it really was not very fun to read. Some hyped up books actually turn out to be good though, so I don’t know, pretty conflicted on this subject.


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