Top Ten Tuesday #12


This week’s topic is Top Ten Hyped Books That I Have Never Read, which is a good topic on the one hand because there are so many books to choose from, but it also means that for the first time since starting Top Ten Tuesdays, I have to do a little research to find out what books have been getting a lot of hype and that I haven’t read (I can name some of the top of my head, but not all!). Some of these will be books I want read and some of these will be books I would not touch with a ten foot pole! So let’s get started shall we:

1. The Twilight Series-Stephanie Meyer-I chose to list the obvious ones first, starting with this one because when the books first came out they were wildly popular and the hype was making it seem like these were the best things ever written. Now I haven’t actually read Twilight, so I can’t weigh in on that, but I’m pretty sure it’s not true! These come under the category of books I would never touch with a ten foot pole, the Twilight vampires don’t seem like my kind of vampire at all from what I’ve heard and the romance sounds like it would make me want to puke.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy-EL James-Yet another one that I’m not touching with a ten foot pole. Erotica is not my thing at all and from what I’ve heard the romance in this book is closer to an abusive relationship than actual BDSM. Not to mention the fact that I’ve heard so many people say it’s badly written, I would have neither the time, nor the patience for this book.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J Maas-This is one I actually want to read (and have now bought, it’s one of my selections for the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon) because duh it’s Sarah J Maas, so hopefully I will read it soon. I’ve seen five star reviews for this everywhere which makes me excited, but also a little nervous, because my expectations are now sky high! Hopefully I enjoy it.

4. The Lunar Chronicles-Marissa Meyer-Every single blogger it seems has been talking about these books and from the little I’ve read about them, they do sound good, so I will be trying these at some point, although I don’t know when yet.

5. The Girl On The Train-Paula Hawkins-I have seen lots of five star reviews for this on Goodreads and a number of bloggers raving about it and I have to say, it sounds like the sort of book that would be exactly up my street, so hopefully, the hype is right and not wrong (and doesn’t ruin the book for me) and I really enjoy this one.

6. Looking For Alaska-John Green-To be honest, I probably could have put any of John Green’s books here as they all seem to have an insane amount of hype surrounding them and a lot Β bloggers seem to think he’s the best thing to ever happen to YA, but I chose this one as it seems to be the most well known after TFIOS. This is one I won’t be trying after my disappointing experience with TFIOS.

7. Fangirl-Rainbow Rowell-This seems to be a blogger favourite, I’ve heard how brilliant it is on numerous blogs, but to be honest, I doubt I’ll read it as I’m really not a big contemporary lover and it doesn’t sound like the sort of story I would enjoy.

8. Eleanor and Park-Rainbow Rowell-Again, I’ve heard a lot about how brilliant this is from a number of different blogs, but it just doesn’t seem like a story I would enjoy, especially as far as I can tell, it seems quite romance-centric, which I loathe in books.

9. Anna and The French Kiss-Stephanie Perkins-I’ve seen multitudes of good reviews for this on many different blogs, this seems to be another blogger favourite, but I highly doubt that I’ll ever read it because again, as far as I’ve read, it seems to be very romance-centric and in a book, that is a complete no for me.

10. The Selection-Kiera Cass-Another one I’ve seen on numerous blogs that I doubt I’ll ever read, for much the same reasons as the last few books on my list, it’s completely romance-centric and for something that’s labelled dystopia on Goodreads, it doesn’t seem very dystopia-like. Plus I have heard that the heroine is very annoying and if there is one thing that immediately turns me off a book, it’s an annoying heroine.

11. The Mortal Instruments-Cassandra Clare-I know these books have a dedicated following and that everyone was talking about them a while back, but to be honest they just don’t seem like they would be for me.

12. A Song of Ice and Fire Series (Game of Thrones)-George R.R. Martin-With the TV show airing, I hear people talking about these books all the time, but I don’t know if I want to try them, because the length of them is very intimidating and apparently everyone dies.

13. All The Bright Places-Jennifer Niven-I’ve been hearing so much about this book and how brilliant it is from so many bloggers, but I doubt that I will read it as I’m not much for contemporary and again it sounds like a very romance-centric book.

14. Snow Like Ashes-Sara Raasch-I seem to have been hearing a lot about this lately on various blogs, which is why I included it here. It actually does sound quite interesting, so I might try it.

15. Penryn and The End of Days series-Susan Ee-Seriously, I’ve read so many reviews of this series by now, it’s unbelievable. I’m not really a big angel girl, so despite the fact that pretty much all the reviews I’ve read of this series have been good, I doubt I’ll read it.

16. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-I saw this everywhere in the weeks after BEA. I don’t know if I want to try it or not, it is fantasy, so I might like it, but I’m not entirely sure.

17. Truthwitch-Susan Dennard-Again, I’ve heard so much about this after BEA and it is fantasy which I love and has magic and witches which I also love, so I may have to try this one when it comes out next year (I’ve heard about it through ARC reviews).

18. The Giver-Lois Lowry-I’ve heard a lot about this since the movie came out and whilst I do usually love dystopians, I’m not sure that this one is for me, the world doesn’t sound anywhere near as cool as the other dystopians I’ve read.

19. Saint Anything-Sarah Dessen-I’ve seen this on so many blogs and the consensus so far seems to be that it’s really good, but my natural wariness of contemporaries means that I haven’t tried this book and to be honest, probably won’t.

20. Matched-Ally Condie-I’ve heard a lot about this book, both good and bad, but this is one that I know I’ll never read, despite it being a dystopian as the entire premise is centred around romance, which is basically my biggest pet peeve in books, plus for a dystopian it doesn’t sound particularly exciting and I have heard the series gets worse as it goes on and I don’t want to invest my time into a series, just to be disappointed in the end.

Okay, so I know I went way over but I couldn’t help it! So many hyped books out there that I haven’t read! Have you read any of these? What do you think of them? I tried to do a mix of ones I want to try with ones I don’t so my list wasn’t all, I’m never going to try this book ever.

I will be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, this time it will be the last ten books which have come into my posession but in the meantime, I will have another Wishlist Wednesday post for you tomorrow, and make sure you keep voting on my Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon post. I want lots of great books to read that week please!

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #12

  1. bookmuffin 07/07/2015 / 11:12 am

    I know you said you didn’t enjoy TFIOS, which I understand it may not be a book for everyone, but Looking For Alaska is definitely worth a shot, just because the story lines are quite different, and it is very well written!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 4:23 pm

      It wasn’t really just the story I didn’t like with TFIOS, I wasn’t crazy in love with the writing or the characters either and from what I know about Looking For Alaska, it doesn’t sound as if it’s for me.

  2. Conny Kaufmann 07/07/2015 / 11:54 am

    I have read a few of those, especially Fangirl and The Giver. Others are on my TBR pile, but i agree, I wouldn’t touch Fifty Shades either! Here’s my list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 4:22 pm

      I think a lot of people agree on that one! Fangirl just isn’t for me, but I may try The Giver, that one is more of an unsure than a definitely not.

  3. Bookworm Inkorporated 07/07/2015 / 1:12 pm

    The Giver is wonderful, in the sense that it was almost one of the original dystopians. It is thoughtful and really questions our society, with likeable characters. Worth the hype πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 4:21 pm

      It’s a short book, so I might try it if I’m in a reading slump and need something quick to get back into reading again. I’m not saying never with that one, just that I’m unsure.

  4. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem 07/07/2015 / 2:55 pm

    I’m with you on the John Green books. I didn’t list any because I’ve read TFIOS (which was just ok). I have TMI on my list as well and I do plan to read them because my husband surprised me with the series at Christmas. A Song of Ice and Fire made my list too. I just have no interest in reading them, despite the fact they are fantasy. I enjoyed Matched but it is definitely romance centered. If you get a chance Snow Like Ashes is amazing!!! One of my favorite books πŸ™‚ Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 3:33 pm

      Yeah I didn’t like TFIOS, so I have no plans to read any of the others. I hope you enjoy them, I’m not a big fan of paranormal stuff, so that’s why they don’t particularly appeal to me, but you may like them, let me know! Yeah, my sister likes them, but they’ve never really completely appealed to me either which is really strange because I love fantasy. I would usually try any dystopian but huge romance focus is a massive turn off for me. Snow Like Ashes does sound good, I’ll try to find it when I next go to my local Waterstones, or on Amazon if I can’t find it there. Thanks!

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum 07/07/2015 / 3:52 pm

    I confess I have actually read Fifty Shades of Grey out of sheer morbid curiosity. While I can’t recommend it, it actually wasn’t as bad as everyone made it sound. Certainly not the WORST thing I’ve ever read, but you know, that might not mean much πŸ˜›

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 4:20 pm

      I’m sure lots of people have! It probably isn’t, but it’s not really the bad reviews that put me off, I’m not really an erotica fan even if the book was well written.

  6. ChrissiReads 07/07/2015 / 5:33 pm

    I’m not a fan of John Green really, so I can understand where you’re coming from. There are so many hyped books out there!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 6:26 pm

      I don’t like to judge authors on one book, but TFIOS really put me off his books and I haven’t been inclined to pick up any of his other since. His writing just isn’t for me. There are, this list was so hard to narrow down to even 20!

  7. TheLiteraryCounsellor 07/07/2015 / 7:00 pm

    Great list! I’ve read a few of these, but none of them have lived up to the hype. I read some of them before they became a thing, which is probably good because I would have never even tried to read them if they were too hyped.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 7:19 pm

      Hype’s the worst isn’t it? I’ve definitely found that it’s better to read a book before everyone picks up on them so there’s no hype or long after they’ve been released so the hype has died down. Otherwise you’re just bound to be disappointed.

  8. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 07/07/2015 / 8:02 pm

    I’m not a big fan of angel books, but Angelfall is great, I absolutely adore the series. I’m with you on Fangirl and all the other contemporary books. It’s not my favorite genre, so even though I always hear people raving about it, I probably won’t pick it up.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 8:05 pm

      I have heard good things about it and the main character does sound like one I would like, so I might try it. I’m kind of unsure on that one. Yeah contemporaries aren’t my favourite either, I have read some that I like but I tend to gravitate towards fantasy or dystopias.

  9. Melanie 07/07/2015 / 8:08 pm

    I have only read 3 from your list. Read Twilight when it first came out, liked it then but now I am more meh about it. I actually love The Giver Quartet, I just read it last year and absolutely loved it. Started TMI but have yet to finish it, not sure if I ever will. Aside from that, I could easily use the rest of your list as my own.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 8:24 pm

      I never got into Twilight, both my sister and my mum read it, but I never got into it. I may read The Giver Quartet yet, I have read good reviews of it and I find it very difficult to resist a dystopian! TMI just never appealed. Really? Nice to see we have a lot in common in terms of books.

      • Melanie 07/07/2015 / 8:33 pm

        Definitely give The Giver Quartet a chance, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it.

  10. iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 8:41 pm

    I might do, it’s quite a short book so I might try it the next time I have a reading slump.

  11. Lifewithcassandra 07/07/2015 / 8:50 pm

    I think you should try out Eleanor and Park and A Song of ice and fire. Awesome books that I absolutely enjoyed. I enjoyed this post πŸ˜„

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 9:37 pm

      Eleanor & Park just isn’t my style of book at all. If I had more time then I would definitely try A Song of Ice And Fire but they’re so huge and right now I don’t have the time! Thanks!

  12. lynnsbooks 07/07/2015 / 9:01 pm

    I’ve read the first three on your list. I’m just going to admit that I really liked Twilight – whether I would nowadays is another question but I can’t deny I did at the time. Fifty Shades of Grey – well, I really hated with a passion, and that’s just putting it mildly! A Court of Thorns and Roses was actually okay – I was in the mood for reading some fae. I almost put the John Green book on my list but already had my 10 – I like your style, double or quits!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks! I figured once I hit over 10, I may as well try to make it to 20! I don’t judge, plenty of people liked Twilight and hey, just because I don’t want to read it, doesn’t mean other people didn’t. I get that though, I’ve heard that a lot from people who liked it, liked it when they read it, not so sure now. Yeah, Fifty Shades sounds disgusting! ACOTAR is one I really want to read, I’m kind of nervous about it because of the hype, but I love Sarah J Maas’ writing so it should be fine.

      • lynnsbooks 07/07/2015 / 9:48 pm

        ACOTAR was good. I liked it but then I’m quite partial to stories with fae and fairytale retellings. I’m sure some people felt it a little slow to start and also a little bit lonely in terms of the number of protagonists – probably for about 2/3 of the book – but it’s based on Beauty and the Beast so it kind of figures that you’ll focus more on those two characters to begin with at least. It does then crank up the action for the last third and there’s plenty more going on but if you’re expecting more hustle and bustle to begin with then you won’t find it here.
        Lynn πŸ˜€

  13. iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 9:56 pm

    Me too, I’ve grown to like Fae from Throne of Glass, but I haven’t read any fairy tale retellings, although they are definitely something I’m interested in. I don’t mind a slow start too much and I’m kind of used to it in Sarah J Mass writing, as Throne of Glass was a little slow and hard to get into at first but I ended up enjoying it, so I’m hoping ACOTAR will be the same way.

  14. stephaniesbookreviews 07/07/2015 / 10:01 pm

    Definitely give The Lunar Chronicles a go! I would wait til after the last book is published this fall, though, so then you can binge them all at once. The very first book in the series was just ok for me, but the rest just get better and better!

  15. iloveheartlandx 07/07/2015 / 10:11 pm

    That sounds good, I think I’ll do that as I have so many books to read at the moment anyway and I haven’t done a good series binge in a while! I like that, whilst it’s good when the first book in the series is amazing, it gives the series more room to grow when it’s just ok.

  16. Suzi Q., The Book Dame 08/07/2015 / 12:44 am

    Ha! What are the chances! I haven’t read any of these myself. I do have a couple of them on my shelf and on my TBR though. I haven’t been able to read Twilight since the swooning grown ass women turned me off. Ha!

    • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 8:11 am

      I figured there must be someone other than me who hadn’t read any of these! Nice to find you! A couple of these are on my shelf or TBR too. Fair enough! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read Twilight, it’s not my thing at all!

  17. angrygreycatreads 08/07/2015 / 12:44 am

    Personally I think the power of The Giver is as an introductory book to dystopian lit. If you’ve been reading dystopian already it probably won’t be as appealing. In our area it is usually an assigned book in middle school.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 8:35 am

      Yeah, I’ve already read a lot of dystopian lit! I’m kind of on the fence because I’ve heard such good things about it and I do love a dystopia but it just doesn’t sound all that appealing to me. I’d have loved to have been assigned something like that when I was younger!

      • angrygreycatreads 08/07/2015 / 12:50 pm

        It is a good intro. Here our middle schools do a whole year that focuses on Dystopian/post apocalyptic. They read The GIver, The Girl Who Owned a City, The Last Book in the Universe and I forget what else.

      • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 12:55 pm

        Man, I wish schools over here did that! I might have actually liked some of the books we were made to read at school if we did!

  18. Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure 08/07/2015 / 1:25 am

    We have pretty different reading tastes! Romance centered contemporaries are my favorites. πŸ˜€ Snow Like Ashes and The Lunar Chronicles are worth reading! There’s some romance, but they aren’t the big focus.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 8:16 am

      What can I say? I’m just not a romance person and most contemporaries seem boring to me. I would definitely like to try both of those, they sound interesting and are right up my alley in terms of genre. That’s good to hear, I like a little romance as a side plot, it’s just when it takes over the story that it bothers me.

  19. Zezee 08/07/2015 / 1:48 am

    I’m so silly, I didn’t realize there are 20 books and I kept wondering why the 10 look so many. Anyways, “Snow Like Ashes” and “Anna and the French Kiss” were both surprisingly good. I kept comparing “Snow Like Ashes” to “Throne of Glass” and I think the former is way better than the later. “Anna” wasn’t as sappy and romancy as I thought it would be so I liked that. I attempted “Twilight” a few times but that one is very sappy so I put it down. I do recommend Game of Thrones though. It seems long but it’s so damn good that the pages will fly by.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 8:24 am

      What can I say? I was a rebel this week! Oh that’s interesting, it sounds like I probably would like Snow Like Ashes then (since I do like Throne of Glass). Anna just really doesn’t seem up my street at all, from what I’ve read about it, I have no interest in picking up the book. Yeah I’m never reading Twilight, it doesn’t sound like it’s for me at all and if there’s one thing I hate in a book, it’s an annoying heroine. I’m kind of on the fence with Game of Thrones because I do love fantasy, but I don’t really have the time to invest in books of that size. Maybe I’ll watch the TV show instead.

      • Zezee 09/07/2015 / 12:39 am

        Yup “Snow Like Ashes” will appeal to you if you like “Throne of Glass.” And I’ve heard that the GoT TV show is just as great as the books so give it go.

      • iloveheartlandx 09/07/2015 / 9:13 am

        It does sound great, I’ll have to look for it next time I go to buy books! I might actually do that, then I wouldn’t have to look all confused when everyone I know is talking about it!

  20. Jenn 08/07/2015 / 5:26 am

    I think we have similar not-reading taste… I likewise tend to avoid books in which romance is a central component. I’m kind of hyper-critical of romance and it’s very rare to find one that suits my taste.

    I read Twilight right when it came out, because my parents went to the bookstore and asked for book recommendations for their daughter who loves sci-fi and fantasy. Years later it still kind of frightens me that Twilight is what they chose to recommend because it is the last thing I would give to an impressionable young teenage girl!! Especially a teenage girl who didn’t like romance novels, although I guess my parents didn’t mention that.

    Your concerns about ASOIF are well warranted. The length really is very intimidating, and everyone really does die! Haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/07/2015 / 8:31 am

      I just find romance kind of dull, it’s okay as a side plot, going on alongside the action, but as the central focus…..blegh! Plus I feel like romance novels would have me reaching for the hypothetical sick bucket a lot of the time! I get what you mean, I can be quite critical of romances too. Yeah that was definitely a bad recommendation on the bookstore’s part. They are so huge, I just don’t have the time and when everyone dies I don’t have a chance to get properly invested in the characters, which means I would like the books less.

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