With the delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish moving on to other things, TTT is now hosted by just one of their contingent, That Artsy Reader Girl . If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!
The topic this week is:
At first I thought--well, that just means they don't really need a blog post. Then I considered that it IS interesting to see which titles work for which people. I'm sure that if we all did five books in this category and five books that we feel did NOT live up to the hype, some lists would be complete opposites.
And then I thought--okay, let's do that!
I'm going to give you a list of the popular books I love and a (shorter) list of those I really don't. I'm identifying popular as over 100,000 reviews on Goodreads, and I'm also going to limit it to books published in the last ten years, since "hype" is really a fleeting thing. At the end I'll run a survey to see which of my picks you do and don't agree with. I only included books I have strong opinions on, and unless I say "series," it's just that one title that wowed or annoyed me.
POPULAR BOOKS I LOVE
The Hunger Games
The Fault in Our Stars
Eleanor & Park
Lunar Chronicles series
Eleanor Olpihant is Completely Fine
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe
Six of Crows series
Visit from the Goon Squad
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Girl with all the Gifts
Born a Crime
Chaos Walking series
Between Shades of Grey
Darker Shade of Magic (I love the series, but only this one cracked 100K reviews)
POPULAR BOOKS I PRETTY MUCH HATE
I'm feeling more need to explain or justify these, so I will. My list, my rules, right?
The Help--White savior complex much? Stereotypes much? Blech.
The Maze Runner--I got bored. It turns out Dashner is also a real tool, but honestly? I just didn't like the story.
Ready Player One--again, boring. As a child of the 80s, I was assured I'd love this, but, um, nothing was happening. I liked the setting though.
Allegient--for all the obvious reasons.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children--cool idea, meh execution
Shiver--I would just say Stiefvater's not my cup of tea, but Scorpio Races is my everything, so...? IDK.
The Underground Railroad--This avoided the obvious issues with The Help, being written by an #ownvoices author, but I just couldn't get into it. If you're going to write alternative history, go all out. This was just weird.
Shatter Me--I really wanted to like this one, I really, really did. But it was boring, and the insta-love annoyed the hell out of me.
Throne of Glass--I just don't get it. I tried it once, when I'd never heard of it and thought it looked interesting at the library. I tried it again, after I'd heard people raving about it. I couldn't make it past chapter 3 either time.
The Unbecoming of Martha Dyer--The love interest was all the bad tropes rolled into one rich asshole. The mystery was dull. Just--no.
The Summer I Turned Pretty/To All the Boys I've Loved Before--Definitely a case of it's not Jenny Han, it's me. I read a lot of YA, but every once in awhile I come across a book that makes me say, "Oh yeah, I'm not the target demographic, am I?" I don't mean that in a condescending way either--I think Han is a legit author writing "real" books. I just...don't care about boy trouble that much, and never did.
A Gentleman in Moscow--This one fell victim to my high expectations. I know a fair amount about Russia and the USSR, and the books seemed too pat to me.
Okay, now you get to weigh in. I put a survey together with all these titles. For each, you can tell me if you loved it or hated it. If you didn't read it, or don't feel strongly either way, there's also a middle option. There are a bunch of titles, but only the first 3 are required--from there, you can choose how many or few you want to respond to. I'll leave it up a week and give you the results next week!