Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books That Didn’t Live Up To Their Hype


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is about favorite bookish websites and resources or blogs, and I just didn’t feel like doing that. Not only did it not sound interesting to me, but also I don’t really have time to read many blogs these days. Anyway, I though instead I’d do a follow up to my post from last week and talk about some books that did not live up to the hype I saw around them. Hope you enjoy.

1. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin.

This book got a lot of hype, in fact it was one of the books up for the Fiction slot in 2017’s Goodreads Choice Awards. Sadly I could not get into it, I hated all of the characters and I didn’t even finish the book.


2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!  by Ree Drummond.

Surprisingly this book won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for the Food & Cookbook slot. But I found this book mediocre at best, out of 400 pages there was only one recipe that I found that I would use. And there were a surprising amount of recipes that I already knew, and figured most people knew and so was confused as to what all the fuss was about.


3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

I heard that a lot of people really enjoyed this book, sadly I did not. I didn’t find the plot as engaging as all the hype said it was going to be. And I didn’t care for the characters either.


4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

I know I’ve mentioned this book before, but it did not live up to the hype at all. It was an incredibly frustrating book to read.

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5. Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee.

I was really sad that this book didn’t live up to the hype, it seemed like it would have been really fun. But I couldn’t get past being able to call everything before it happened, and the poorly written characters.


6. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

There was so. much. hype. for this book and it didn’t live up to it at all. It wasn’t that helpful and I didn’t care for the writing style.


7. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

A lot of people really loved this book and by the time I finished I honestly just felt like meh about it. It was okay, but it wasn’t as great as everyone said it would be.


8. Deadpool Comics.

I’ve read three different Deadpool comics since seeing the first movie that came out in 2016, and none of them have lived up to the hype. I find the character in the comics to be so over the top and really really annoying. Which is sad because I’ve really liked both movies.

9. The Grisha Triology by Leigh Bardugo.

This is another series that I don’t feel has lived up to it’s hype, I found it to be predictable and the character annoying.


10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

At this point I think I’m just not a big fan of Perkins’ writing or something, because I read this trilogy and didn’t really like any of the books. I probably would have stopped after this first book but the series was so hyped. In the end it wasn’t really worth it.


That’s all for today! Don’t forget to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can read it!


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books That Didn’t Live Up To Their Hype”

  1. I’ve heard people had a lot of problems with Anna and the French Kiss because of some sort of plotline or character flaw. I myself think it’s a little too lovey-dovey for me. I’ve also heard mixed things about Caraval, but have always been interested with the premise.

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