is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.
For starters, to help narrow things down, I'm focusing on hyped books that I own and haven't read. (As my brother says: "Quit buying books. You already own a thousand you're never going to read!") Now, the hype factor. Really, hype is a monster, because sometimes it can just ruin a book, and that totally sucks. But I think there are at least two types of hype. The first is the obvious one: the books everyone is talking about and that you see everywhere. I won't be discussing those, so books like City of Bones (which I never finished), Legend (I only own Prodigy, and it's an ARC), Looking for Alaska, the Percy Jackson series, Rainbow Rowell's adult novels, the fifth, sixth, and seventh Harry Potter books, and all of Richelle Mead's YA books, except for Vampire Academy, won't be on this list.
Then there are those other hyped books, the ones you see a handful of people just loving on, creating this little group of people who are in love with a book. These are the small, underrated, not-on-store-shelves books with that special sort of hype, and those are what I will be mostly putting on my list. They're the quieter books that slipped right under everyone's radar, and they're not all bestsellers, though they really should be. Like I said, I certainly own some big and popular books that I haven't read, but those would be too easy (and for some, whether or not they're hyped depends on the person). So for this week's Top Ten Tuesday I've pulled
The Storyspinner is one of those books that I didn't have a whole lot of interest in until people started reading and raving about it. Faking Normal seems a little more serious than I prefer to read--I like fluff!--but from what I've heard, it's worth the read and has a good mix of romance to help keep it a bit lighter. (I think.) I don't know that I really need to explain The Winner's Curse, except that it's the one book I said I would for sure get read this year. I should probably get on that. I don't think I've seen a single person not be a fan of A Darker Shade of Magic--hence why I bought it--but I'll be reading it very soon for book club and I am EXCITED. All the Bright Places is a book I've wanted to read since I first heard about it, but now that I've seen reviews I think I have an idea of how it will end (don't spoil it!), and I think it's NSFR (Not Safe for Rachel). I've read little New Adult, but I've heard fantastic things about The Sea of Tranquility, and it seems to be about more than lust, which I like. The Orphan Queen--um, isn't there a support group for this one? I haven't read any of Jenny Han's books, but I've heard pretty darn good things about To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and I think there's a cliffhanger (but I won't have to wait for the sequel!)? Princess of Thorns is a book I didn't know would be good until people started reviewing it, and I need to read Stacey Jay's other books, too. And all of Morgan Matson's books, Since You've Been Gone included. I read Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph earlier this year and LOVED them, and I'm super eager for the chance to dive into Mortal Heart (but not eager to say goodbye to this series). Magnolia, from what I've heard, is a romance that's a bit more than sweet, and Graffiti Moon is supposedly yet another fantastic book from an Aussie author. Fantasy is my new favorite genre, and I've heard some pretty good things about Graceling. Last but not least is The Heir, which is definitely a HYPED book, but I still need to read it, oopsie oops!
What hyped books do you still need to read?