Top Ten Tuesday

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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17 Comments

  1. It’s a shame you didn’t like Shiver. It’s definitely not for everyone, but when I was younger I adored the series, the writing was just beautiful and atmospheric.

  2. Sorry these books didn’t work out for you! I tend to shy away from hype at least for a bit so I can decide if I really want to read the book after the hype has died down. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday

  3. I agree with so many of these! I liked Eleanor & Park, but it wasn’t anything special and I didn’t really get the hype either. But ahh YES we talked about Fangirl on my post and that really is such a good one. Also I hope you read Carry On soon. That one is definitely my favorite of Rainbow Rowell’s books❤️

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