What’s this? A discussion post? Do I have opinions behind all the tags and lists I post? Possibly not but let’s give it a go anyway.
I started my blog earlier this year and since then have tentatively started talking to other bloggers (urg why is socialising so hard). I’ve found myself reading more fantasy YA, more hyped and sought after novels than ever and adding suggestions to my tbr more than before. So here’s my question:
Is it a good thing to read mostly hyped novels?
This blog is, shamelessly, a YA book blog. And most of what I read is YA, but not everything. I occasionally dip into classics (I know grim) like Pride and Prejudice or read historical fiction like Birdsong. I’m currently reading a non fiction book about a man who was a prisoner of war in Japan and loving it.
These rare detours I take from YA fantasy give me new prospectives, new stories and, if nothing else, a small break from a genre of books which, let’s face it, are all eerily similar. But I find myself wanting to read away a lot less now I’m a blogger.
I always seem to be following the hype to the latest big release and missing the small gems in the middle
The way I used to pick up books has changed. I used to walk into my local library and skim my fingers over glossy covers, flick through front pages and skim read blurbs until I’ve chosen a book. I didn’t trawl through endless Goodreads reviews, scroll through blogs or take recommendations. It was all very random. If you see strange and unheard of books featuring on my Top Ten Tuesday lists then this is why.
I’ve found hidden gems that never made it big, sat in lonely fandoms and met characters that are mostly unknown to many but a few. Not all bad really since I read more diversely.
There’s something relaxing about reading a book with no hype, having no spoilers and no expectations.
You can blog about an unknown novel and feel you’re really helping that author, if you enjoyed their book. You won’t join a batch of fifty other bloggers reviewing the book that week, your opinions feel a tad more fresh and more unique.
And if you manage to find a rare individual who has also read that novel it’s amazing. You can compare notes and swap opinions in a way that is more personal way than the short bursts of ‘ah I loved that book’ I seem to send when the novel is hyped up.
But I was finding myself more often in a slump. I remember reading a book called Hunting Lila that wasn’t awful but was very meh. At least with a hyped book you know what your getting.
Books don’t always live up to their hype but if they’re well known they will rarely leave you in a slump
At least that’s what I’ve found. Even if the books awful I’ll usually push on to finish it just so I can add my two pence to the excited conversations on twitter about the novel. So I could conspire about the sequels and understand the jokes or quotes being tossed around. Fickle I know but I like to feel involved.
And then there’s the small snag of my blog. I can rave, review and mention (sorry couldn’t think of another r word there) about all the niche novels in the world and not get the same interaction on my tweets, Instagram or blog that I would when chatting about one big release. And I didn’t start a blog to sit the corner and be lonely.
Whether you love or hate a hyped up book you can always chat to someone about it.
I don’t want to just read what everyone else is reading but at the same I time I sort of… do? It drives traffic and interaction to my blog like those niche little reads.
So, overall, you’ve read this entire post and come in true Hannah style to no conclusion. Is reading loads of hyped books a problem? I guess I’d conclude that it’s all about balance and reading what you feel like without stressing too much about missing those big new releases, because sometimes the smaller releases are just as good.
Lets Compare Notes
Would love to hear your opinion on the topic! Am I mad, do you agree? Is this post on rather a null point (I’ll try not take offense 😝)? Feel free to leave a comment!