For the most part, lots of hype around a book is much more likely to turn me off reading than running to the store to buy it. Often this works out well and I find later that I really don’t enjoy the book and am glad I got a copy from the library. But sometimes I find out about ten years later that the books are amazing (Harry Potter).
This was a tough one, I don’t often read new releases and I may have had to google if my selections were actually hyped books. Oh well, here are five books that are worth the hype and one that was a bit meh:
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Not really likeable female protagonist, train commute, mystery and suspense, London, multiple perspectives, voyeurism. This book is also a wonderful choice for audiobook. I think the genre has been called Chick Noir.
2. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson.
Lumberjanes has everything! Amazing girls, summer camp with a twist, epic friendship, better Indiana Jones than Indiana Jones, dinosaurs, DINOSAURS!
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
Damnit, Rowell tells a good story with great characters and lots of snark. This was my first of her books! Are you jealous or what, I ignored the hype and now get to read them all for the first time (it’s Harry Potter all over again…it actually is Harry Potter all over again!) 🙂
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
This book had two strikes against it: YA fiction and romance. But: It is why I am now no longer extremely skeptical about YA literature. Sáenz gives us the beautiful friendship of two teenaged Mexican-American boys that’s also one of the best romance reads. I’m kinda allergic to romance, so this is high praise.
5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
This is the one that was over-hyped but I found a bit meh. Lockhart did much more with the bored, rich, white kids thing than I expected so kudos. But the twist wasn’t very twisty and the characters were like empty vessels. But I loved her Frankie Landau-Banks, so I’ll definitely try more by her.
How do you deal with hyped books? And which books did you think were worth the hype?