Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog!

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read
Often, I don't feel quite the pressing need to read the most hyped books, because I can read book reviews of it to get a good enough gist to book talk it to library customers.  But there are some hyped books that sound so good in the reviews that I feel a little bad missing out on!  Here are the top ten hyped books that I'm willing to admit to not reading:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
1. The Lunar Chronicles books by Marissa Meyer.  I haven't even read Cinder!

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
2. Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, or Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.  At least I read Throne of Glass out of this group!

3. Anything by Sarah Dessen.  Big name in YA; I recommend her stuff often; haven't actually read any of them!

Will Grayson, Will GraysonLooking for Alaska
4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Looking for Alaska by John Green.  I've only read The Fault in Our Stars, but haven't read his second- and third-biggest sellers.

This One Summer
5. This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki.  The first Caldecott winner with "non-library language" (as I put it to my teens when I overhear certain choice words)?  And it's a graphic novel, so not even a huge commitment?  Why haven't I read this yet?

New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn. Stephenie Meyer
6. New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.  In fact, I only just read Twilight last month!  So I completely missed the hype at it's height, and still haven't finished the series.

We Were Liars
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I've had an ARC of this on my shelf since before it was published, but never got around to it.  

She Is Not InvisibleMidwinterblood
8. Anything by Marcus Sedgwick.  This one is halfway cheating, as I've just begun She is Not Invisible.  But I still haven't gotten to Midwinterblood, his big winner, yet.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan.  This admission is triple shameful:  it's a big YA hit, kinda the first big zombie trilogy; she lives really near me; I hosted an author confab at work that she was part of.  I have it on my TBR list for sure!

Grasshopper JungleThe Alex Crow
10.  Grasshopper Jungle and The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith.  I LOVED Winger and got ARCs of both of these... then they continue to sit on my TBR shelf.  Shameful.

What about you?  What hyped books have you not read, either by accident or on purpose?  I love seeing other's lists; leave a link and I'll be sure to visit!


  1. Oh. My. Gosh. I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open. Haha. No Lunar Chronicles!?! DO IT! That is my favorite series. And same with Throne of Glass. DO IT. Twilight is the best of the Meyer books, but the rest are definitely worth reading. I've heard a lot of bad things about We Were Liars, and I actually DNFed it. I know a lot of people love it, too, though, so I don't know! Do I try it again? So hard.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    1. You are totally not the first person to be shocked that I haven't read a single Lunar Chronicle! :) Do you think they'd be ok as a binge-read if I requested all 5 at once from the library? That could be fun. I like totally immersing myself in fantasy worlds. I can't tell you whether or not to read We Were Liars... I personally didn't feel like I needed to read it, because I was able to read so many reviews of it online. I might get to it eventually; I might not. Ce la vie. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  2. Awesome list, Marie! I, too, have been meaning to check out Grasshopper Jungle (and Andrew Smith, in general) for ages! But I cannot recommend the Lunar Chronicles and the Throne of Glass series enough. You must read them! I think We Were Liars was definitely over-hyped way too much. It's something to look at if your curious but I found it very disappointing and did not understand all the rave reviews it got.

    Thanks for checking out my TTT! :D

    1. See above! I'm definitely on task now to read The Lunar Chronicles, maybe as a binge-read! I was sorta "forced" to read Throne of Glass, when I received it from my Broke & Bookish Secret Santa last year and I loved it! I just need to stop procrastinating on picking up the next three in the series. Caelana for the win! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  3. I'm so glad someone else hasn't read Cinder and Throne of Glass yet. Throne of Glass made it onto my list but I forgot about the Lunar Chronicles. I've read Looking for Alaska, I think it was really good. I haven't read TFIOS though so I can't say whether its better or not. I haven't heard of The Forest of Hands and Teeth but it sounds so amazing. I may have to read that soon! :)

    Great List, Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune.co.uk

    1. Thanks for stopping by my TTT! I'm definitely going to need to look into Looking for Alaska. I work with teens in a library, and that ends up on lots of recommended summer reading lists. It'd be great to be able to book talk it!

  4. I'm in the middle of Scarlet right now and I'm loving this series! It's super unique, exciting, and so much fun. I love retellings that are somehow completely new and fresh!