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.