Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

I think there might be a tendency for this topic to feel like a giant guilt trip.  We call ourselves readers, but we've never read "fill-in-the-blank-popular-staple-in-literature."  But,  really, let's be honest.  There are so many wonderful books out there, there are bound to be some winners that slip through the cracks, no matter how we try.  Plus, in some cases, we purposefully let certain books slip through the cracks, if we know they're not our style.  So, rather than having any shame associated with this post, I'm just telling the truth: here are ten books that the world has told me I should read, but that I haven't actually read yet.  (And, spoiler alert, I'm generally okay with it.)



Although I have been known to seriously love WWII fiction, this one just hasn't appealed to me.

I already know this one and I won't get along, so I think it's best for everyone that I skip it.

I accidentally read a spoiler, and now the mystery is kind of ruined for me.  It's a shame, as I think I would have liked it.

Despite loving her other work, I just never got around to this one.

I've read all three books in his LOTR series, but have never picked up this one.  I think I'd like to read it aloud to my kids when they're older, though.  So this book's place on this list is likely only temporary.  (Though my taste for it may be a little sour after those, ahem, overdone films.)

Actually, I devoured Montgomery's Emily books when I was a teenager.  Not sure why I never read the ever more popular Anne.  Maybe someday.

Tina Fey is a hoot.  I feel like I would like this book, I just never prioritized it.

This is another "someday" book.

I feel like this book will make me cry, which is probably why I have avoided it.  I'm not a big fan of crying.

I've wanted to read this book for ages.  I haven't yet because it is monstrously large.  But I am determined to read it anyway.  One day.


What hyped books have you never read, ether intentionally or unintentionally?

10 comments:

  1. I've read four of those, and liked them all except for "Gone Girl." Meh. I don't think you're missing out that much.

    I have never read any of the Twilight books or books 2-7 of Harry Potter. I KNOW.

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    1. Gone Girl is such a polarizing book, but that just makes it more alluring to me. Too bad I know how it ends!

      RE Twilight: I don't think you would like it anyway.

      RE Potter: I didn't marry Mike until he finished book 7. Clearly my thoughts on this series are SLIGHTLY skewed in their favor.

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  2. I haven't read most of these either. I have read The Hobbit, Persuasion, and Wonder, though. I'm glad you'll read The Hobbit to your kids. I really enjoyed it. :)

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    1. Good to hear! I'm always keeping a mental list of books to read aloud to them when they're older. Glad to hear this one's spot on that list is merited.

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  3. Ugh, Wonder really wasn't all that great. So no rush there.

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    1. It actually really reassures me that not EVERYONE in the world is completely in love with this book. :)

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  4. There are some good books on that list. I'm glad you are planning on reading some of them. I didn't cry during Wonder. I thought it was an amazing book, and I don't think anyone in my book club cried either.

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    1. Oh, good! That's good to hear. I really have to be in the mood for a crying book, and that mood doesn't strike very often. So if it's affecting without being tear-jerking, I'm more likely to read it.

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  5. Oh, girl. I wish you hadn't read that Gone Girl spoiler because it was so good. Maybe try her other novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects? Not as well known (although I think the movie rights for both have been sold?) but possibly even better than Gone Girl.

    Bossypants is hilarious, but forgettable in that...it's not a story. So it's hard for me to remember a whole lot about it. I hear the audiobook is awesome; she narrates it herself. Having recently finished 30 Rock on Netflix, I want to get this on audiobook even though I've already read it, just so I can hear her read it.

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    1. Good idea, I should read Flynn's other work. Especially if they're even better than Gone Girl!

      I think Bossypants will be a great read someday, I just haven't been in the right mood. Maybe I'll do the audiobook for that one, especially if Fey narrates it herself. :)

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