Top Ten Tuesdays meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the hyped books I haven’t read. Some of them are simply not my cup of tea and some others are behind the more important titles in my TBR stack. I prefer to read books fitting my tastes, and I add the popular books to my TBR if they are fantasy and keep popping on the book blogs I rather like and trust.
So here goes my top ten :
1. The 50 Shades series by E.L. James: 50 Shades of Grey and Grey are the most hyped books of the decade and I will never, ever read any of them. Judging from the excerpts I have seen floating around in the social media, I don’t think I can stomach such horrible writing.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: The most hyped stuff along with the 50 Shades. I’ve seen the first movie and it didn’t impress me at all. I know the movies are nothing like the books but neither the story not the characters weren’t my cup of tea.
3. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer: I watched the first 3 movies of it (dragged by friends & relatives) the only thing I liked were the fighting scenes and the Native American culture. Love triangle was a main plot element and I hate love triangles. The main characters are far from interesting so it’s not my thing at all. I barely tolerated the movies, I certainly won’t read the books. Funny thing is, a lot of the Twilight fans are also Harry Potter fans, and I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, yet I found Twilight dull and boring.
4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer: I see this on a lot of book blogs, and not just the YA blogs. It’s a retelling of Cinderella where Cinderella is a cyborg. I’m a lover of medieval fantasy and grimdark but I don’t mind well written, non-cliche YA every now and then. Futuristic scifi stuff is not really my cup of tea but the reviews are positive and the concept is interesting enough, I added it to my TBR list anyway.
5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: This one also shows up in all kinds of book blogs. I am not a fan of YA fantasy cause most YA fantasy revolves around love triangles and love triangles irritate me to death. But this book is about assassins and has political intrigue, so I think I can overlook the love triangle aspect and decided to give it a shot. I probably won’t get to it this year, though.
6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu: This is another YA book I saw a lot of book blogs praise. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and even the super picky reddit /r/fantasy guys speak highly of it so I
added it to my TBR list.
7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I saw the first movie and it didn’t quite motivate me to read the books. The love triangle is annoying, the story isn’t bad but I just wasn’t too impressed with the characters.
8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: This is hyped to death on book blogs, there are a lot of mixed reviews. A lot of reviewers complain about the characters lacking depth and complexity so I will probably pass.
9. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa: Another series I’ve seen popping around, many bloggers whose tastes I trust gave it high praise but some others found it ‘meh’. The story sounds quite intriguing, however, so I added it to my TBR but it will be quite some time before I get to it.
10. Divergent series by Veronica Roth: This also shows up in every book blog, sounds too modern and too much like The Hunger Games, I probably won’t read it unless someone convinces me I’m missing out by not reading it.
Verdict: Not a fan of YA, except Harry Potter. And I hate love triangles. Did I mention I hate love triangles? I need to follow more grimdark blogs but alas, there are not too many of them around. Any grimdark/medieval fantasy lovers out there, give me a holler so I follow your blogs!