Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Hype

Recently I got to thinking about "book hype". Some authors I follow were raving about We Were Liars, then my Blue Willow Bookshop co-worker and boss told me how much they loved We Were Liars. What really made me jump at the chance to read We Were Liars was that my boss doesn't read a lot of YA and for her to say she loved it was a good sign. I'm not going to go into a full review, but I'll just say read WE WERE LIARS!

What is your initial reaction to book hype?


For me book hype scares me. I sometimes feel like finding out that the book is amazing, while I'm reading it, is part of the fun. I will admit, that while I worry about book hype, there were very few times when I didn’t like a book that people raved about.


Books that lived up to the hype:




Love/Hate Book: 
(Hated everyone but love that it was so twisted)



Failed For Me:




Look for my review of We Were Liars in May, closer to the review date. So tell me, what books lived up to the hype for you and what books flopped?

17 comments:

  1. I often feel stubborn about hyped up books. I nearly didn't read the Harry Potter books, which would have been a sad loss! It took me a while to read The Hunger games, too, which I love.

    I think it's a bit of 'you can't tell me what to do in my spare time'. I won't read something just because 'everyone' says it's great.

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    1. I get the feeling stubborn and I can't imagine never reading Hungrr Games

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  2. Book hype helps get me excited about reading new things, though it does make me a bit wary. I feel weird when I don't enjoy a book that almost everyone else is raving about.

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    1. I'm the same I feel weird about not loving a book that everyone thought was great. I sometimes even shy away from reviewing them.

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  3. It's tough. It's hard not to carry the hype into the read. I tend to shy away from hyped up books. Unless it's Rainbow. She's worth the hype for me.

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    1. I loved E&P but for some odd reason Fan Girl did not work for me. I do know that some people loved it more than E&P.

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  4. I've learned to consider the source. Does this person read love a lot of the same stories as me? Do they want me to read it because they think that I'LL love it, or because THEY did?

    But I never blame anyone for giving me a book rec. Just because something is good, doesn't mean we all love it. :)

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    1. The source is very important unless it's me then love everything I love ;) and I agree not every book is for everyone. I know for me some books that are really hyped I don't hate or dislike they just don't wow me like they do the rest of the world. Great point on the source!

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  5. Book hype worries me because lately I've noticed that I don't like a book as much as I expected to if I've heard a lot of hype about it before I read the book. I'm learning to stop raising my expectations and just go into reading a book by thinking I will like it, and not worrying about what others think of it. That has seemed to help.

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  6. Oy vey, hyped books. I'm with you. I get terrified of them. I want to read them SO BAD, but end up waiting forever because I'm either terrified or stubborn. Aw, it's too bad you didn't like Fangirl, BUT I've heard of other people who haven't either!

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  7. Part of me treads lightly when it comes to books that I keep hearing about over and over again whether through word of mouth or via the internet. There are several series that I just had no desire to read simply because I wasn't interested despite all of the book hype. (Yes, odd thing for a librarian to say.) But then again, there are SO MANY amazing books out there, and just because some aren't interested in one doesn't mean others won't be. :)

    I do try to remember that it's good to be open and try out new genres, new stories, and new authors. Btw, sorry you didn't enjoy Fangirl, but now I'm wanting to read E&P and Attachments.

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  8. Gone Girl is one of those books I'm kind of scared to read, even though it's in my TBR pile, because there's so much hype surrounding it! Generally, though, I can't really tell. I just have to try to not let the hype get to me. Where it failed me recently was with Eleanor & Park, but one book I loved through all the hype was These Broken Stars!

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  9. Hype does make me nervous, because it gets my expectations so high, sometimes unrealistically so. A few hyped books I didn't connect with were A Discovery of Witches and Night Circus.
    I'm excited to try We Were Liars. I loved The Disreputable History SO much so I am hoping that bodes well for this one.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  10. Anna and the French Kiss most certainly lived up to the hype. *swoon* That was the first contemporary YA I ever read, and I fell in love with the book and the genre. <3

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  11. Sometimes the hype makes me nervous and builds my expectations too high. I felt like that with The 5th Wave. I think if I'd been one of the first to read it I'd have had the same response and loved it. When I read it though, I was almost let down. Not sure what I expected. I worry that the hype will ruin The Winner's Curse for some people :-( I love that book and feel that I build it up to standards that might not be fair for the book.

    I've not read Fangirl yet but did enjoy E&P...was cute but contemporary really isn't my thing so not sure I'll get to it. Curious now as to why it wasn't that great to you.

    I have We Were Liars and am so pumped to get around to reading it. I love this topic and could ramble on much longer :-)

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