October 11: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.
I decided to go for books I read because of the hype. I’m going to be honest: most of the books I read are hyped. I have talked about this a few times before already: I buy physical copies of all of the books I want to read, so naturally, I want to make sure enough people like it. Sometimes, I might not be very interested in a synopsis, but I will still get the book nonetheless when a lot of people seem to love it.
These are in no particular order:
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas’ books are some of the most hyped ones in the Young Adult fantasy genre. I started both of her series, but I’m unfortunately not a fan of her work. I know her future work is going to be hyped as well, and I will probably read it therefore, even though I don’t exactly want to.
2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The synopsis of The Raven Boys doesn’t exactly seem appealing. It sounds as if it is going to be a romance novel, but that’s not the case. I didn’t fall in love with The Raven Boys right away and I even thought about DNF’ing The Dream Thieves. Thankfully, I didn’t, because it ended up becoming my favourite in the series. I gradually fell in love with the characters and I consider it my favourite series, even though I have mixed feelings about the final instalment (The Raven King).
3. Confess by Colleen Hoover
Before I decided to read Confess by Colleen Hoover, I had already read Ugly Love and Never Never (part one and two), which I enjoyed. Hoover has many fans, so I decided to pick up another book by her. I couldn’t even finish Confess. Since then, I’ve developed a hate relationship with new adult romance novels, so I don’t plan on reading any more of her books.
4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Honestly, I read A Game of Thrones because of the TV show adaptation, not because of the hype. There aren’t a lot of people who talk about this series in the book community. I struggled with it at first, but I am so glad I decided to continue it. I knew this was going to be better than the TV show and it has become one of my favourite series.
5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I never read science fiction. There’s not really a reason for that, but I wasn’t interested in Illuminae because of that. But everyone who read it, seemed to love it. So I decided to buy it and ended up really enjoying it!
6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I started Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo over a year ago, but didn’t finish it. That wasn’t exactly the book’s fault: I was in the mood for something else at the time. When Six of Crows came out and received raving reviews, I read it without having read the Grisha trilogy. And I loved it!
7. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I hesitated a very long time whether or not I should start this series. As you might have noticed by now, I am not a huge fan of romance. This book features a lot of tropes which are used in many other YA fantasies as well, but I still really enjoyed it! I read it in April when I was ill at home and I devoured it. However, I barely remember anything about it anymore. I would definitely have to re-read it before I start The Winner’s Crime and The Winner’s Kiss.
8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I wasn’t exactly interested in The Mortal Instruments, but so many people seem to love it, I decided to buy the entire series. Oh boy, do I regret that now. I really don’t like The Mortal Instruments. I don’t plan on reading any more of Clare’s books.
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Once again, I have to mention that I am not a fan of romance. When people talk about this series, they mostly talk about the pairings. That definitely held me back from starting this. I read Cinder in July and I thought it was okay, but I do realise each book is going to get better. That gives me more hope to continue this. However, I am certainly not sold on the relationship yet.
10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Last year, this was one of the most hyped books. I don’t like saying books don’t deserve hype, but I do think this one was over-hyped. It consists of a lot of the same tropes that many other YA fantasies use. It really wasn’t refreshing to read. Therefore, I don’t plan on continuing this series. Don’t get me wrong, Red Queen was entertaining when I read it at the time, but I’m really not interested in finding out how this ends.
Normally, I have trouble with coming up with ten books for my Top Ten Tuesday posts. Today, however, I easily could’ve gone on and on!
Unfortunately, I don’t end up loving every hyped book I read. Which is normal. Since I want to read more books which feature diversity, I decided to care less about whether or not a book receives a lot of hype. The sad truth is that most of the popular books, still lack diversity and representation.
Anyway, feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ post down below! Which books did you read because of the hype it received?