Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I liked more than I thought I would.
I have a complicated relationship with hyped books. Some of them totally deserve the hype, but I have two reasons for avoiding them:
1. I overhype them in my head and then get disappointed.
2. I feel weird about throwing my book money at an author who is already rich. Authors deserve all the money they make, but there are many talented authors whose books get no hype. This is often because the publisher doesn’t promote the book heavily. I’d rather support talented, lesser-known authors. Hyped authors get enough attention without me.
That being said, here are some hyped books that I enjoyed.
Hyped Books That I (Surprisingly) Didn’t Hate
Why I was skeptical: Jenny Lawson has a strange sense of humor.
Why I liked it: Turns out, I also have a strange sense of humor.
Why I was skeptical: Romance and questionable mental illness representation.
Why I liked it: “Liked” might be the wrong word. “Was unnerved by it” might be better. An acquaintance of mine committed suicide shortly before I started reading this book. His relationship with his girlfriend was very similar to the characters’ relationship in the book. It was eerie.
Why I was skeptical: Vague synopsis. Is it a contemporary? Sci-fi? A love story? Also, it’s set in a city. I hate cities.
Why I liked it: That ending . . .
Why I was skeptical: It was described to me as “An amazing book where nothing really happens.”
Why I liked it: Interesting insight into Korean culture and how society pressures us to conform.
Why I was skeptical: Fantasy is not my thing.
Why I liked it: It’s fantasy, but it’s not dense fantasy. I didn’t have to wade through 500 pages of elf history to get to the plot.
Why I was skeptical: Hard sci-fi isn’t my thing.
Why I liked it: I’m not as rabid about these books as everyone else seems to be, but they all have a lot of action, which is fun.
Why I was skeptical: Romance-heavy books are not my thing.
Why I liked it: Quirky characters, compelling plots, hopeful endings.
Why I was skeptical: They sound fluffy. I don’t do fluffy.
Why I liked it: Brilliant dialogue, lots of humor, relatable characters.
Why I was skeptical: Oprah likes it. I haven’t had much luck with books that Oprah likes.
Why I liked it: I love hiking.
What’s your favorite hyped book?