T10T: Scared of the Hype


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was “hidden gems”, but since I did a similar post recently (Under-Hyped Books I Love), I decided to go in the opposite direction: books that are so hyped, I’m scared to read them!

These are all books that I honestly WANT to read, but every time I reach for them, I get a little bit intimidated and read something else instead.


1. The Book Thief — Markus Zusak
I feel like I’m one of maybe three people in the world who hasn’t read this yet, and I know it’s supposed to be super important, but that makes it even worse, because if I don’t like it, everyone will side-eye me. 😭

2. All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr
I even bought this one and everything, but… yeah. See previous explanation!

3. The Selection — Kiera Cass
I own this one, but I never seem to reach for it, because even though it doesn’t sound super interesting to me, I feel like everyone loves it… so I’ll feel bad if I hate it! 😂

4. Vampire Academy — Richelle Mead
I honestly expect that I will like this one, but the hype still has me intimidated.

5. The Name of the Wind — Patrick Rothfuss
Okay, hear me out: I know I’m going to love this. There’s not a fiber of my being that thinks I’ll give this book less than 5 stars. That’s the problem, though—I hear so many people talk about how agonizing it is to wait for the third book, having not heard any news on it in so long, and I’m scared to join that league of sad people. 😂😭


6. The Final Empire — Brandon Sanderson
I could have put this or any other Brandon Sanderson book here, really, because the hype has me terrified to pick up my first book of his!

7. Dark Lover — J.R. Ward
I feel like this series gets hailed as one of the all-time faves for lovers of paranormal romance, and I’m pretty excited for it, but also nervous because I’ll be super let down if I don’t enjoy the series!

8. Station Eleven — Emily St. John Mandel
Have you ever resisted reading a book solely because of the hype? I almost never do this, honestly—I usually don’t mind hyped books at all—but for some odd reason, that happened to me with this book for about 2 years. I only added it to my TBR a few months ago, when I finally bought it from BookOutlet.

9. The Secret History — Donna Tartt
I feel like people either love or hate Donna Tartt’s books, but the people who love this book REALLY FREAKING LOVE IT, so I’m a wee bit frightened.

10. The Woman in Cabin 10 — Ruth Ware
Again, this could have been any book by this author. I own three books by Ruth Ware and haven’t read any of them because she’s so hyped as a thriller writer, and “popular” thrillers tend to be so hit and miss for me (looking at you, Gone Girl) that I know I’m either going to absolutely love her books… or want to set them on fire the whole time I’m reading them.

That’s it—here are ten books I’ve been scared to pick up because of the hype! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? And do you ever put off reading a book because of the hype?


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157 thoughts on “T10T: Scared of the Hype

  1. Oh my goodness SO many of these! I avoided Book Thief for YEARS because I was scared of what kind of monster I’d be if I wasn’t deeply moved by it haha but it ended up being really good. And literally the entire rest of your top row I have avoided because of the hype monster! I have Station Eleven too, and want to read it, but I am actually more concerned because my Goodreads friends are VERY mixed on whether they lliked it so now I am scared I won’t! Hope these DO work for you when you finally give into the hype! Great take on the topic, too 😀


    1. Hahaha you worded that perfectly when you said you were scared of what kind of monster you’d be – that’s the biggest part of my problem! But I’m so glad it did end up being really good for you! Thank you so much and I hope they work for you, too! 😀


  2. I ADORED Name of the Wind, but yeah I do regret starting the series before the final book even had a title. So many adult fantasy series have this decades long gaps between books and I no longer want to risk getting invested in something that might not even end… (*side eyes GRRM*).


    1. Dude, GRRM… I have DNFed the first ASOIAF book three or four times now and have honestly given up much of any hope of ever finishing it because at this point I’m starting to wonder, what’s the point if he’s probably never going to finish it? UGH. I really hope Rothfuss doesn’t end up the same way. 😦

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  3. I’m laughing so hard with The Name of the Wind and The Book Thief.
    I haven’t read the first because of the exact same reason! With everyone anxiously waiting and waiting and waiting for the third book, I’m like.. “I’m not reading it until the third one’s here! Probably..”
    As for The Book Thief.. I simply haven’t motivated myself yet to pick it up? I’ve been planning on it, but I keep postponing. Probably because it feels like a classic to me and I automatically go “AH. HISTORY.” and that makes me grab other books all the time.. Oopsie.


    1. Right! It’s so hard to commit to knowing I’m gonna have to wait SO long to continue the series, because let’s be real, I’m probably going to adore it and want to continue it immediately.

      Oh yeah, The Book Thief always feels like a classic to me, too. Even though I know it’s not THAT old, it just feels like it’s been around for as long as I can remember. 😂😂

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      1. Yup. And then you’ll end up reading the second book and be mad at yourself for having read it because now you REALLY have to wait for the next one.. [Although, knowing us, we’d succeed at not reading the sequel for months, even over a year..]

        That’s definitely because the thing’s EVERYWHERE in posts – especially TTT’s is where it shows up all the time. 😂


  4. There are at least four people in the world that haven’t read The Book Thief, because I haven’t yet, either. xD I own it. I bought it last Christmas lol. Same time I bought All The Light We Cannot See (which I also have yet to read). So I 100% am in the same boat as you there.

    I loved your take on the prompt!


      1. Yeah, I only learned about it last year! I want to say it’s January 27th, and it’s an official worldwide day recognized by the UN. This year, I wanted to read a couple of books for it, but it was so heart-breaking I only read The Dollmaker of Krakow (which I highly recommend if you enjoy middle grade historical fiction/fantasy).

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      2. Ooh that’s on my TBR, too! I’m glad that you liked it. I love historical fiction of pretty much all sorts, but I tend to go through phases of reading them and then not because my poor feels. Maybe I’ll have to plan a whole week of reading in January, since I’ve got a ton of WWII era books to read (including the Night trilogy, because I’ve never read Dawn and Day!).

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  5. First of all, I can’t believe I wasn’t following your blog yet!! Secondly, I haven’t read The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See and The Secret History yet either, even though I really want to 😮 I’m definitely intimidated by hype; the more I think I’ll love a book, the longer I seem to postpone picking it up.


  6. You are not alone!!! I have also not read The Book Thief, The Name of the Wind, Station Eleven, or The Woman in Cabin 10. I’m also terrified to read them because of the hype and it’s so hard to motivate myself to do so. I will say that I’ve read The Secret History and I don’t think it would be your kinda book, but I could also be very wrong about that!


    1. I feel better knowing I’m not the only one who hasn’t gotten around to most of these yet! And thank you for saying that about The Secret History, actually! I was considering ordering a copy but I think since you say that, I’ll just put it on hold from the library instead. 🙂

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  7. I am forever putting off books because of the hype!! (We have a couple in common in this list actually). From this list I’ve read: The Book Thief (loved), The Selection (give it a miss), Vampire Academy (loved). All the others on this list are ones I’ve also been too scared to pick up because of the hype!


  8. I tend to be really out of it, so I don’t normally know when there’s a huge hype around a book. But I’ve actually been meaning to read All the Light We Cannot See for months but I’ve just never gotten around to it 😂


  9. Hard same on 6 and 8. Like, I’ve been burned before so even though I know I’ll PROBABLY like them, the disappointment will be so much worse if I don’t?
    For 1… I know it’s supposed to be a good and important book (and it’s actually one of my wife’s favorites) I don’t want to cry and I’m pretty sure this book will make me.


    1. Haha exactly! It’s so frustrating because you know they’ll probably be great… but WHAT IF they aren’t?! And I love that it’s one of your wife’s faves, so I hope you’ll enjoy it if/when you do read it. I think there’s something so magical and special about reading a loved one’s favorite book and enjoying it – I don’t know why, but it always just makes my day, whether it’s Terry, or another family member, or a dear friend.

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  10. I literally own every single one of these and haven’t picked up a single one of them because of the hype either 😂 I own two copies of The Boof Thief and the whole Selection series too so I don’t know what my real excuse is?? but i agree that the hype monster is real and definitely prevents me from picking up books too


  11. I love The Selection but is more like a cute trashy read if that makes sense. If you’re looking for something light, then I will recommend it! I haven’t read The Book Thief or Vampire Academy either because it’s so hyped


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