Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Worried Won't Live Up To The Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, we're talking about books on our TBR that we're avoiding reading. The way I read (on more-or-less a schedule system) means that I actually don't avoid reading anything...if it's up next, it's up next. That being said, there are books that I'm a little worried to read, because the hype has been huge and it's so hard for a book to live up to it.



My Brilliant Friend: This is the first in a series that got such glowing praise from people I look to for recommendations that I went and bought all four of them. So I better like the first one...

Throne of Glass: I'm not super into YA series, but Sarah Maas's devoted fanbase has convinced me this is one that will get and keep my attention.

Cinder: Same kind of deal here, and I've always liked stories based on folklore/fairy tales, so this one especially seems like something I'd enjoy but my expectations have been set really high!

The Golem and the Jinni: The second of three here in the "based on folklore" realm. As soon as you say you like this kind of thing, this is a story that pops up as a recommendation immediately. I can only hope it's as great as everyone says!

Uprooted: Besides all the good things I've read about it, this book just seems so up my alley as a reader that I'll be crushed if it's not amazing.

Fangirl: I wasn't especially into the one Rainbow Rowell I've already read (Landline), but I've heard over and over that her books that are more YA-targeted are her best ones. This is supposed to be wonderful, so hopefully the hype is real.

The Stand: This book is looooong but so many people love it. Since I never put a book down, it better be amazing or I'm going to be mad I spent so long on it.

Bad Feminist: I love Roxane Gay's social media presence, and I enjoyed her novel An Untamed State, but this essay collection got such amazing reviews that it's got me thinking it's her best work so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Parable of the Sower: I've heard amazing things about Octavia Butler, and I'm really looking forward to reading her work, so if it's not great I'll be super bummed.

Pachinko: I don't think I've heard more than one or two people say it didn't work for them, and heaps and heaps of praise otherwise. Basically everyone can't be wrong, right?

12 comments:

  1. So enjoyed the Maas series and Uprooted. Just found Butler's book on my shelf yesterday and plan to read it. The other titles do look interesting.

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  2. The Stand is amazing, The Golem and the Jinni is very good, and Fangirl was ok. I don't think any of the above would be a waste of time.

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  3. For what it's worth, I loved all of Octavia E. Butler's works...and Parable of the Sower is my all-time favourite of her books. I hope you enjoy it if or when you give it a try. It's amazing.

    My TTT.

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    1. Yay! Glad to hear more affirmative recommendations of her work, I really do think I'll enjoy it!

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  4. I was a little unsure if I'd like Fangirl before I read it, but I ended up loving it. I hope you do too if you read it. :)

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    1. It'll definitely get read, and I hope I also love it!

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  5. Reading books that are "hyped" are so daunting just because taste is so subjective and what works for others, may not work for us. BUT, I hope you have some good experiences with these titles. I really loved Cinder (and the rest of The Lunar Chronicles) series and Fangirl was a BLAST. Throne of Glass is a pretty good one, too, but I had mixed feelings about the series overall.

    I'm curious about Uprooted AND The Stand, myself!

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    1. I've heard such good things about all of them! But I've hated things that other people loved before!

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  6. Yeah, I've been avoiding Landline because it just sounds...weird. I've loved all her other contemporary books though!

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    1. The concept never stopped feeling gimmicky. Glad to know her others are highly recommended!

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