Happy Tuesday, all! This week I wanted to start doing a new list called Top 10 Tuesday. Similar to Top 5 Wednesday, each week there is a topic for which I’ll post corresponding books for. The only difference is that it’s a 10 book list instead of 5, and the topics will be different. Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to participate as well, a full list of July topics can be found here. As you can tell from the title of this post, this week’s topic is “Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read.” This wasn’t difficult for me since I have plenty of options to choose from! Some of these I may never read and have no interest in reading, while others I just haven’t gotten around to yet. One last note: I’m not going to give any descriptions as I assume you’ve all probably heard about these numerous times. I will give Goodreads links just in case though. Now here are my top 10:
1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This is a recent release in the YA fantasy world, and I have been hearing about it absolutely non-stop. Everyone seems to really enjoy it, but I still haven’t picked it up. It’s one of those books that I was interested in awhile ago but have become increasingly less interested in as the days pass. I may or may not read this. Maybe one day I’ll feel a sudden desire, but for now it’s definitely not a priority.
2. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
There are four books out in this series now. Will there be more? I have no idea. It was supposed to stop at three, so who knows. I’ve heard very mixed things about this series. It doesn’t seem like my kind of read, but I’m not writing it off completely. Again, I just feel no urge to get on this band wagon immediately.
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
With this books, readers seem to either love it or hate it. No in between. The ambiguity about which side I’ll end up on has me skeptical, but this is definitely higher on the list than the first two books on this list. Another factor that has contributed to me not reading it is the mystery surrounding it. Everyone says it’s best to go into this book blindly, but I’m not that kind of reader. I need more of a premise than that. If I found this for cheap I’d get it.
4. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
I’ve owned the first book, The Name of the Wind, for over a year. And I do really, really want to read this eventually. The only thing turning me off is how large it is. Huge adult fantasy books take so much time, and reading them always make me feel like I’m falling behind on my reading challenge. I know that’s stupid, but I’ve got no other excuses. Hopefully I can force myself to pick it up sometime in the next year.
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This is another very recent release that’s been getting a lot of buzz in the YA community. I’m a little torn about whether I want to go buy it though. On the one hand, it’s been getting positive reviews, and the premise does look interesting. On the other hand, I read the sample on my e-reader and am not sure I like the writing style. I know I should keep going, but the beginning seemed pretty boring. Again, if I end up finding this on sale, I’ll probably buy it.
6. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
I read the first book in this series, Throne of Glass, last year. I thought it was okay, but it definitely didn’t live up to the crazy hype it was getting. However, many people insisted that book two, Crown of Midnight, is much better. I own the second book and plan to get to it by the end of the year, but if I don’t end up liking it, I’m not going to continue after that. It was the main female protagonist that was my problem. I didn’t find her super awesome like most people; I found her annoying. But we shall see, I guess…
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I own so many Neil Gaiman books, but I’ve read so few of them. I could have just as easily put American Gods or The Graveyard Book on this list, but this one seemed to get the most hype. It’s not a long book at all, and one of these days I need to just sit down and read it finally. Of what I have read by Neil Gaiman, I loved. This is high on my TBR list!
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Again, I’ve owned this book for months. I bought before the movie even came out and planned to read it right away. For whatever reason, I never got around to it. I still haven’t seen the movie; I refuse to until I’ve finally read the book. And even though I basically know what happens, I still want to see if it lives up to the hype!
9. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven seems so unique and awesome. I asked for this book for my birthday in January, and I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. The cover is beautiful, the premise sounds engaging, and it was a National Book Award finalist, so I’m sure I’d love it. This is another one of those books I need to just force myself to read in the very near future. There’s no reason for me not to have read it.
10. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is one of the greatest, well-known fantasy writers of our time, and I haven’t read anything by him. The Mistborn trilogy seems to be his most popular but, like Gaiman, there are several books by him that I need to get to. This trilogy sounds gripping and amazing. I would like to read at least the first book by the end of 2015.
Yep, that’s my list of shame. I can’t believe I haven’t read some of these either. Luckily, I’m still very much interested in most of these and should be getting to them sooner than later.
What are some hyped books that you still haven’t read? Leave a comment letting me know!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica