Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week I decided to wing it a bit on the topic. I’ve chosen to talk about books that were hyped/buzzed about, but fell short for me.
- The original let down: Twilight. Did this series deserve all the hate it got over the years? Nah. Was it worth the hype it received? Hell no. To me it seems like a bit of a fluke that this was the mediocre-at-best YA book that really started a phenomenon. I definitely won’t be rereading this one.
- Eleanor & Park. Before you come at me with pitchforks and torches, hear me out. I didn’t not like this book, I just didn’t really get the hype. I loved Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl (I related and have reread it many times), but this one I didn’t really relate to. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two characters and the plot just felt kinda meh to me. Can’t wait to read Carry On though!
- The Goddess Test. Lots of you might not have heard of this one, but it was a highly buzzed about book around 2011 (the time when I first started book blogging). There weren’t a ton of popular mythology based books out at the time and I was fresh off of the Lightening Thief, looking for more. I genuinely still get mad thinking about the plot. The main love interest promises to save the leading lady’s mother if she marries him. Bleh.
- House of Night. Don’t get me started on how much I dislike these books. They’re bad writing combined with flat characters trying too hard to be edgy. It’s lazy and I can’t believe I read more than one of them.
- Pretty Little Liars. I didn’t dislike these books, but they really paled in comparison to the uber-successful TV show adaptation. It’s not common for me to like the adaptation more than the source material, but there’s a first time for everything.
- The Selection. Again, another series that I didn’t dislike, but I really didn’t love. It’s an interesting concept, but it got old pretty quickly for me.
- Shiver. I’ve never been a big werewolf fan, and this series really just sealed that for me. Also the editions I had had colored fonts. Like blue, red and green. It was hard on the eyes.