Top Ten Tuesday: All the Hype.

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read


This should be a fairly easy list because there are a lot of hyped books I’m never going to read.  The same holds true for every reader, and quite frankly we shouldn’t pick up a book just because everyone else is reading it.  We should be reading books that sound interesting to us, no matter the genre or whom might look down their noses at us… Looking at you book snobs.  So todayget to play book snob and share with you the top books I’ve heard about from patrons and other blogs that I simply MUST read and that I have absolutely no interest in reading at all. Am I relishing in this task set before me this morning. Perhaps, just a little.  Let’s see who we can offend!

Ten Hyped Books I’m probably not going to read

  1. Gone Girl  This is the only book on the list that might be an exception.  I have no interest in even seeing the movie version of this one.  It just seems depressing to me.  Then a friend of mine who is a much more diverse reader than I was talking to me about it.  She knows my reading taste pretty well and thought I might do alright with the book.  I told her if I ever DO read the book it will be based upon her recommendation.  But still probably not very likely…
  2. The Girl on the Train  Another book with tons of hype right not.  Not something I want to read. From some of the reviews I’ve read there doesn’t seem to be a character I would find likable and that is one of my reading requirements. This is one of the main reasons I have not read book #1 on the list either.  Also I just don’t see how there can be a happy ending when it starts off depressing.
  3. Water for Elephants I made the mistake of trying to watch the movie before reading the book.  It was awful.  I lasted until the first scene where they are abusing the elephant and had to stop the movie in tears as it was just too much for me.  Now I know I can handle some sensitive subject matter better in print than I can visually, but still I don’t EVER want to read this book.
  4. My Sister's Keeper No, just no.
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)  This is another book where I saw the movie first.  I know, I know never judge a book by its movie…  Still I was shocked with the level of violence and disturbing subject matter (rape) that I swiftly removed the title from my to-read list.  Again I think I would have been alright if I had read the book first, but watching the violence just made it impossible for me to get the imagery from my head.
  6. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  A non-fiction book about WWII and airplanes.  No thank you.
  7. The Fault in Our Stars  A depressing read about two sick children where one of them dies in the end.  No thank you.
  8. Me Before You  So popular at the library, we still get inter-library loan requests for this title quite frequently.  Just no my cup of tea.
  9. The Lovely Bones So many of my Goodreads friends read this book.  How can something with such a depressing description possibly have any sort of positive outcome.  I am seeing a trend in my rejects here.  I want happy endings, and with most of the hyped books I hear about lately I don’t see how that is possible.
  10. The Shack  This was almost impossible to keep on the shelf in its heyday.  Seemed a little preachy to me and just something I would be interested in reading about at all.


Well I wasn’t nearly as inflammatory as I thought I was going to be, so probably didn’t offend anyone…  Shucks.  Anyway, like I said we all probably have tons of books that we are never going to read, these are just a small list of books that I am going to pass on.  The main points that will make me pass on a book are: No likable characters, No possibility for a positive ending, Too preachy or Christian leaning, Subject matter that I will get angry over (example-WWII), Too contemporary and realistic, Knowing somebody is going to die.  Of course there are often exceptions to the rules and even I have been known to pick up hyped books to see what all the fuss is about.  Sometimes I even really like them, but those are usually ones that aren’t that far off from a typical read for me.  So what hyped books did you not read?


22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All the Hype.

  1. I’ve read Gone Girl, Water For Elephants and The Lovely Bones and wasn’t a fan. I enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars, but I can see your point… And did you see the Hollywood version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The Swedish version is much better and I personally enjoyed the book… Although it has some tough subjects/violence in it.

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    1. I saw the Hollywood version of the movie, which was the mistake. I think I would have been fine if I read the book first, but now I can’t separate what I saw with what I’ll read. My husband did read the book and enjoyed it and he rarely ever reads fiction. I remember watching the movie with him and half way through asked, ‘You read this?’ I was shocked, he is even worse than I am with violence. Thanks for sharing!

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      1. There are some violent scenes in the book as well, but I guess it’s described in a different way. The Swedish movie version is also a lot better and closer to the original story.


  2. I am with you on so many of these books! Water for Elephants, My Sister’s Keeper, WWII books, Me Before You. Man I should have remembered those for my list. The Shack I did have. I read Dragon Tattoo (didn’t see the film) and loved it, very suspenseful, but I can see that the movie would be extremely disturbing. I love thrillers so I have read #1 and #2 on your list. I do want to read The Lovely Bones, but who knows when I’ll get to it.

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    1. Dragon Tattoo has just taught me that I need to read before watching, cause I think I might have been alright with the book if I had skipped the movie. I like thrillers, but need that paranormal twist to them so they aren’t too realistic. Otherwise it just messes with my head.

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  3. I totally didn’t finish watching Water For Elephants too! Definitely won’t be reading the book either. I’m glad to finally see someone else against My Sister’s Keeper as well! I was starting to feel like the only one.

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    1. Oh good somebody else that had to stop the movie. I was so distraught over the little bit I did see. What is it with the trend of books about sick kids in YA right now. I guess it all goes through phases, but I sure did like the vamp trend a whole heck of a lot better…

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  4. Hmmm, yes, I see your trend. I think that may be my unconscious trend. That’s probably why the majority of my contemporary reading consists of series mysteries. Wouldn’t be a series if the main character(s) died.

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    1. I think we all have reading trends and some just eating up these depressing books that seem to be the fad right now. Just gotta wait until something more in our taste comes back into fashion. I’m hoping the fantasy or sci-fi genre become more popular again and floods the market with all kinds of titles I want to read :)

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    1. I’ll probably give Gone Girl a go, one of these days when I’m in a reading funk and need something totally off my reading norm. Thanks for visiting!


    1. That’s why it is so great that there are so many different books to pick from, there is bound to be something for every reading taste on the market! Thanks for sharing.

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