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Hyped Books I Haven’t Read

Hype: promote or publicize (a product or idea) intensively, often exaggerating its importance or benefits.

Well how the heck would I know if a book didn’t live up to the hype if I didn’t read it? So I’m going with books that have been hyped or publicized a lot.Talked about in numerous reading circles and yet I haven’t read them, yet. When I did a search for “most hyped books”, many on the lists were classics and so this list could go on forever. I culled it down to ones that I still might read, save a few.  *I still might not read this. **Now spoiled because I saw the movie already.

10. *The DaVinci Code (or any of the series)

9. **The Notebook

8. **Fight Club

7. **The Great Gatsby

6. **The Lord of the Rings (the entire series)

5. *The Lovely Bones (I know the whole story so not sure if I will read it)

4. The Luminaries

3. The Goldfinch (Bought it and yet…)

2.The Book Thief (I know!)

1. The Catcher in the Rye (I really don’t remember if I read this or not)

Which hyped books haven’t you crossed off your list?

Original meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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14 thoughts on “Hyped Books I Haven’t Read

  1. Like how you included the definition of hype…I didn’t factor in the part about books not living up to the hype in my list. I did think The Goldfinch lived up to it & I loved the Da Vinci Code for what it was. But, I wasn’t a fan of The Book Thief and, like you, haven’t read The Lord of the Rings series (and am pretty sure I never will).

    • Yeah once I looked up hype I didn’t even factor it could be interpreted as essentially being a flop. So I just went with ones I’ve heard so much about but never got to. I really want to read Goldfinch but the length puts me off.

  2. Being the contrarian that I am, hyping a book is one of the best ways to guarantee I won’t read it. Yeah, I’m ornery that way. That being said, I’ve read a few on your list. Of the ones I have not read, I’m ashamed of myself for not crossing The Luminaries off my list, as the author is Australian, but 800+ pages?! Yeah, not going to happen. I’ve had Book Thief on my kindle for years and still not read it. So if you get to that one, would love to hear your thoughts.

    As for the movie spoiler issue, I will add my $.02 that a movie doesn’t necessarily spoil the reading experience. I recently read The Godfather and it was awesome, despite the movie being one people have seen and talked about for ages. It all depends how good the book was and how the movie changed it. So if there’s one you were really hot to read, I’d say do it despite the movie.

    As far as The DaVinci Code goes, I know people hate on this series and its author endlessly, but WTH, it was an entertaining, fun read. Not every book has to be a prizewinner or great literature to provide a good reading experience.

    Now that I’ve taken up half your blog space, I shall sign off with a thank you for this fun list!

  3. The Book Thief is on my list too – well, the list I did two weeks ago because I’m a dummy and didn’t bother looking ahead. Anyhoo… many people die over The Goldfinch, but it totally didn’t work for me. I still really want to read The Luminaries… next time I’m in the mood for a beast of a book….

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