When you first hear about a book you’re always excited. It goes straight to the top of the tbr, you double check the library system and maybe go as far as to place a hold. But then time wears on, Twitter keeps yapping and the book has grown so much traction you start to get nervous. The odd disappointed review starts appearing and, in the dark corners of your mind, you start thinking two words: ‘over hyped’.
We all know the cycle and suddenly, although you’d never say it online, you don’t know if you’ll read that latest big read. The one everyone is going on about because expectations have become so great you don’t think anything can meet them. We all know the only solution is to just be on top of the tbr. But in light of my disorganisation and raging Twitter addiction I’ve settled for a different solution: ignore the book, watch the hype grow and jerk your eyes nervously to it’s spine every now and then, feeling guilty. Good plan right? Right…?
Anyway, here are ten of those spines that taunt me everytime I go for a new read.
The Cruel Prince
1 Top of the list. It was everywhere and I thought it sounded good, but, again, it got big, the story started to sound a bit… bland? And I was bitterly disappointed to find out Jude wasn’t a boy.
2 I put a hold on this straight after my friend told me about it, over steamy cups of cheap work tea. It sounded amazing. But now it’s everywhere. That tin of sardines is painted all over Bookstagram and everyone is screaming what an incredible read it is. Over hyped much?
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
3 I only recently brought the hardback but already I’m avoiding it. It sounds really good but there’s no denying the massive hype.
Stalking Jack the Ripper
4 Ever had a book on your tbr so long you forgot nearly every reason you wanted to read it? It was just always there, a staple of a long list? That’s sort of this book.
5 I don’t know if this is still on my tbr after I didn’t enjoy Uprooted all that much, but having seen it everywhere online it’s definitely on the dangerous over hyped radar.
6 Bet you didn’t expect to see a VE Schwab here! I loved A Darker Shade of Magic but am terrified the rest of her work just won’t live up to the impossible standard she’s set.
All The Crooked Saints
7 I saw a copy for 50p and didn’t buy it. That’s how unsure I am. I loved The Raven Boys but again am just not sure about Maggie Steifvater’s other books…
Shadow and Bone
8 Please be as good as they say, please be as good as they say…
One of Us is Lying
9 I have a signed copy with a glittery cover and red stained pages, how terrible will I feel if I don’t enjoy this book?!
A Thousand Perfect Notes
X I love Cait’s blog and really want to love her debut. This turmoil has just left it sitting on my shelf glaring at me for the best part of two months.
Let’s Compare Notes
So there you have it! 10 books that I worry will be overhyped, would you agree? Have you read any of them? Do I have anything to worry about? Leave a comment or a link to your list below!