Today's topic, as I participate in this weekend's WriteOnCon, is another Top Ten Tuesday prompt: books I read because of the hype. Originally, I was the kind of person who avoided hyped books. I don't do that anymore, thank goodness!
I do read a lot of YA,. Most traditionally published YA novels are on my TBR as soon as they sell to a publisher. But I might fast-track my reading of a book or add one to my list that I was uncertain about (or one that isn't YA) if I'm seeing a lot of hype about it online.
Here are ten examples:
1) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Holly Black's past work hasn't really been for me--tricky fae amorality doesn't fit well with my personality. But this YA fantasy trilogy has been EV. ER. Y. WHERE. in the YA lit world, and one of my trusted friends recommended it. So in December 2019, I read the first book. I enjoyed how passionate and intriguing it is, and I look forward to where the the story goes!
2) Wilder Girls by Rory Power. This YA sci-fi horror novel was already on my TBR, but when I saw all the hype about it after its release, I bumped it up and read it earlier than I might have. In October 2019, it became one of my recommended books--brilliant, fascinating stuff.
3) The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. If it was released nowadays, this YA fantasy trilogy probably would've already been on my TBR, but in 2014, I was new to Goodreads and not yet following book deals on Publisher's Weekly. Later, I heard how popular it was, and I gave the first book a read in October 2019. I liked it!
4) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This is a rare adult fantasy that was actually already on my list when a lot of the hype hit--and my mom also read it and enjoyed it before I did. So I bumped it up and read it in September 2019. It's definitely a good one!
5) The Gentleman's Guide to Virtue and Vice by Mackenzi Lee. I didn't have this YA historical fiction on my list originally because historical fiction is a weak point for me and the blurb didn't grab me. It was a huge favorite in the YA lit world, though, and after I read and enjoyed a short story by Mackenzi Lee, I added it to my list. In February 2019, it hit my "I recommend it" shelf with its amazing characterization.
6) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A lot of the books I reread are ones that I loved in the past and that I want to reexamine. However, there are also a lot of books on my reread list that I didn't enjoy the first time but that have so much hype, I'm ready to reconsider. Throne of Glass is one of those. I didn't like it in 2012... and it turns out I didn't like it in December 2018 either. It happens sometimes.
7) Atonement by Ian McEwan. I try to read every classic novel that has a title I recognize, because English major, and this one was sort of... like, maybe a classic, maybe not? I mean, it was published in 2003. But it had a lot of readers, so I tried it in November 2018, and it wasn't for me.
8) The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Here's an adult speculative thriller that got lots of hype! I read it in October 2018 and I found it to be fun and complex.
9) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A lot of people in the disabled community found Yoon's Everything, Everything to be problematic, and I wasn't that into it personally. But people have loved her work, including this YA romance, so I went ahead and read it. I'm glad I did! This book joined my other recommendations on August 2018.
10) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This adult historical mystery is another one that caught my attention with the hype, and in my December 2017 review, I describe it as fantastic and heartbreaking.
What books have you read because of the hype? Let me know in the comments! Next week, I'll be posting about WriteOnCon.
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