The Most Hyped Books on My TBR (+ Why I Haven’t Read Them)

The sole reason this post was made is so y’all can encourage me to read – or abandon – these books, so please don’t let me down, friends.

For today I wanted to do something I haven’t really done before – I’m taking a look at the most hyped books on my tbr, and sharing why I haven’t read them.

Given that I made this list by considering the number of ratings a book has, there were a lot of classics I could have included, yet I’m choosing not to include classics at all. Mostly because I don’t want 90% of the list to consist of classics, and I couldn’t decide which one(s) to include, which one(s) to ignore. So I’m ignoring them all… because that’s the easiest solution. πŸ˜…

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of those authors most people, even those who aren’t necessarily huge bookworms, have read something by or at least heard of. He isn’t particularly prolific, no, but he has written some truly unique, hyped and critically acclaimed novels.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ His books tend to be a hit or miss for me: I loved Coraline and Neverwhere, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Good Omens (the tv show though – *chef’s kiss*) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

✨ With its 600+ pages, it’s definitely on the longer side, and big books are INTIMIDATING.

✨ I bought it more because I was collecting Neil Gaiman’s books than for the plot; if I’m being honest, the story doesn’t particularly interest me. *hides*

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is a novel everyone and their mothers have read… including my own mother, who’s read and loved all of Sepetys’ novels so far.

Yes, I bought the books for myself, and my mom read them ages ago, the shame is real.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ This is a sad book, and I do terrible with sad books. I always say “I need to be in the mood for sad books” but truth to be told, I never seem to be in the mood for them.

✨ That’s basically it? I’m pretty sure I’ll love this – although ‘love’ may not be the right word considering the subject matter – and I think it tells an important story.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant has been one of the most talked about novels of 2017, and the hype hasn’t quite died down to this day. It’s a novel beloved by so many people, including people whose opinion I deeply respect, and it’s impossible to ignore.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ I’m not terribly interested in the premise of this book; I bought it because of the hype and because it was 50% off. (Discounts are going to be the death of me.)

✨ Again, I don’t have much else to say? I checked out the reviews on Goodreads just now, and even though there are some negative ones, the things they mention don’t really feel like things that would bother me.

The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I think one of the first things that warned me how special and good this book is was that it really crossed into YA spaces despite being an Adult novel. It’s also received high praise from most people, as have the other books in the series.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ Generally, I have a hard time picking up sci-fi books. I’m no hater of the genre, but I don’t go out of my way to discover sci-fi books. When I do find something that interests me I need a lot of motivation to actually pick it up and read it.

✨ I’ve seen some people mention that the plot isn’t very strong? Which isn’t necessary a bad thing – I love character driven novels – but it’s making me a bit hesitant.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale‘s Goodreads average rating is currently standing at 4.57, and it is based on more than half a million readers’ opinions. It’s a beloved book, so much so that it keeps appearing on the blogs I read despite the fact that it was published in 2015.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ Another discount-buy. *hides* I don’t know why I keep doing this to mys(h)elf.

✨ I feel like out of all the books on this list, this might be the one I’m the most concerned about not liking, especially after reading this French reviewer’s thoughts.

✨ Finally, this is another sad book, and I’ve already said that I’m not good with those.

Catching Jordan by Miranda Keneally

Every single book on this list is one I’d always known was super-hyped… with the exception of Catching Jordan. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, though – while it was published in 2011, it was still frequently discussed in the blogosphere around 2014, which is when I started my old blog.

So, what’s my deal?

✨ So, umm, guess why I bought it? πŸ™ˆ Yep, it was discounted.

✨ Out of all the books, I’m the most unsure about this one. I’ve been less and less into contemporary YA recently, and I’ve heard this has some of the things I hate the most, e.g. a love triangle.

✨ I actually really dislike sport-romances? I don’t know why, they simply never really worked for me.

Let’s chat!

Have you read any of these books? Do you think I should read them, or get rid of them? Do you struggle with reading hyped books? Are you usually afraid of being disappointed by hyped books?

33 thoughts on “The Most Hyped Books on My TBR (+ Why I Haven’t Read Them)

  1. This is such an awesome post!
    I’ve read Catching Jordan and didn’t really connect to it – the author seemed to have a point, but I couldn’t make myself care about it because it took so long to get there, with issues that the characters had to get through that had no lasting impact on them or the plot.
    The Nightingale I really really enjoyed though! It is a bit of intense book so if you don’t read it I really won’t judge.
    Best wishes!
    – Emma

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    1. Thank you! Okay, so this is definitely making me think I should just get rid of Catching Jordan – it’s the one I’m least excited for from this post, so I’m honestly a bit relieved to hear it’s not good, haha.
      Good to know – I’ll definitely read The Nightingale, but I’ll be mindful of it being intense going in.
      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  2. The only one of these books that I’ve read is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I gave it four stars, so I did really enjoy it. I remember it being very emotional, but it did end on a hopeful and positive note. It’s not one I would reread because it isn’t necessarily fun to read, but it will stick with me for a long time.
    I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman yet, and it’s a point of shame for me as Stardust is my favourite movie. I know the book is quite different, so I’m nervous about reading that. Maybe I should try Neverwhere.

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  3. I have recently continued reading The Hundred Oak books. I read Jordan several years ago, and then the last book, Coming Up for Air as an ARC (LOVED IT!), and with Keneally’s upcoming release, I want to read them all. I really enjoy her books, but that said, you know I love contemporary YA. She had a few questioning faith and the last took on socio-economics, and I like how much Keneally injects herself into these books. The Nightingale is sad, but it’s a WWII book. However, I found it uplifting in the way that the strength of this woman was portrayed. It was painfully beautiful. I tried to read Eleanor Oliphant twice, but I kept getting really depressed as I read it. My daughter read it for her book club, and she liked it, but I wan’t able to push through the dark parts to get to where things get better.

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    1. Is it weird that I added all the info from goodreads, and yet somehow didn’t see that Catching Jordan is part of a series!? Honestly, this makes me more interested in Jordan – I love series where each book concentrates on a different character/couple. I’m definitely interested in The Nightingale, and woah, that sounds scary about Eleanor! :O I knew it was emotional, but didn’t know it would get so dark.

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  4. While American Gods sounds fantastic for me too, I’m putting it aside for a while since I didn’t enjoy Good Omens and would rather read it later after I’m getting over my disappointment πŸ˜€ I need to be in the right mood for sad/serious books too, which is why I haven’t read Between Shades of Gray and The Nightingale. As for Catching Jordan… it seems like my cup of tea so I don’t know why I haven’t read it either! πŸ˜€

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  5. Great post! I totally relate as I always find myself wanting to get my hands on the latest hyped releases and then they end up sitting unread on my shelves for too long πŸ™ˆ I got problems haha I feel like I put off reading most of them because I’m worried they won’t live up to the hype, but also I’m such a mood reader. I find that waiting for the books to arrive (from the other side of the world!) is usually enough time for my mood to shift and my interest gets pushed aside (not forever though)! πŸ˜… That said, I just ordered all of Becky Chambers’ books (I know, nuts!) because everyone keeps going on about them and I’m getting serious FOMO feels! I’ve read American Gods, Between Shades of Gray and The Nightingale and they’re some of my all time favorites, but I totally get your reasonings for putting them off! I’d still 100% recommend them though! πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Too true – even the ones I’m incredibly excited for can end up sitting on my shelves for weeks, months or even years. πŸ™ˆ Yes, same!! I was reading The Fifth Season a few weeks ago and adored it, so I immediately ordered the second and third novels… but it took them around 2 weeks to arrive to Hungary. By that time I was kind of over high fantasy and was reading other genres – I’ve just now gotten to the second book. Let me know if you’d want to buddy-read the Wayfarers by Becky Chambers – I own the first two books. πŸ™‚ Ooh, cool about those three, I’ll try to get to them soon. It’s kind of my goal to read these in the first half of 2020.


  6. Okay, so a lot of the novels you have listed are on my TBR and haven’t read yet, especially the long way into a small, angry planet which I haven’t picked up because it was so extremely hyped up in UK booktube and i fell into the trap. Since then, I’ve read very negative reviews (from spanish reviewers actually) and i didn’t feel compelled to read it.
    The only one of this list that I have read is Eleanor Oliphant and i truly enjoyed it. it is not for everybody though, so beware of that but if you like charming characters that at the same time can be quite in your face, then give it a go.

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    1. I haven’t really seen negative reviews for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet but now I’m a bit worried. πŸ™ˆ I do hope it won’t disappoint, though. I remember you liking Eleanor Oliphant, and I’m pretty sure it was your review, at least in part, that made me purchase the book. I hope it’ll work for me too. πŸ™‚


  7. “I don’t know why I keep doing this to mys(h)elf.”
    Punny girl πŸ˜‚.

    My Twitter friend Fanni is a fan of Gaiman’s, but hasn’t be able to finish Good Omens either (though she says she’ll give it another try). Of course, the TV show is another story haha (sorry, my inner Tennant fangirl is screaming).

    I kind of wanted to read Angry Planet, but I must have read some review that threw me off. However, if you don’t particularly like sci-fi, I’m not sure you’ll ever get in the mood for it (sorry for not being encouraging LOL).

    That’s why I research books to death – I want to be sure I’ll read them (especially since I have to order physical, full-price copies of them from the only site that lets me pay cash-on-delivery), though despite said research, I can’t always be sure I’ll LIKE them (*looks at Afterimage*).

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    1. Lol, someone appreciates my pun! πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I finished it, but it just wasn’t very good, imo – the Crowley + Aziraphale parts were enjoyable, but the rest… meh. (interestingly enough, EVERYTHING worked for me in the show, even the characters I fell asleep on in the novel.)

      Yeah, I do research when it comes to full price books, but I go easier on discounted titles, haha – sucks when you’re still disappointed after the research tho. 😦


  8. I was intrigued enough by the French reader’s review of The Nightingale to go check it out. And I was so surprised at some of the criticism. Obviously opinions about books are completely subjective – we all enter into a book with our own preferences and tastes, past experiences, etc. But I had a completely different experience with The Nightingale. In fact, it was my favorite book of the year when I read it. I definitely was emotionally connected to the story and the characters and was devastated by certain events. I can’t speak to the historical accuracy since I wasn’t around in the 1940’s or the geographical/social accuracy since I’m not French, but I thought it was incredibly good. I still recommend it.

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  9. It took me two attempts to read American Gods but I definitely think it’s worth a read. I really enjoyed it, but I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman, so I’m biased. I admit I was intimidated by the size of the book as well.

    I also haven’t read that Ruta Septys book, you aren’t alone! I might read it… maybe. I said the same thing about The Nightingale, though, and that’s still on my shelf. I gave up on Eleanor Oliphant. I do say you should read A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. That book is surprising and brilliant.

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    1. OOh, you’ve just made me more excited for A Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet – I like that you called it surprising. Lol, let me know if you ever want to buddy read Sepetys or The Nightingale – I could really use the motivation, haha. I have to get to American Gods, but omg, it is SO intimidating :O


  10. I struggle with very hyped books too, and they tend to be hit or miss for me. I have been delaying Six of Crows, The Name of the Wind and the Martian for that reason. I also have American Gods but have been delaying it because I read his short story collection and felt mediocre about it. I really loved Eleanor Oliphant but it does get mixed reviews! I have heard Becky Chambers and Between Shades of Grey will be amazing and I do want to try them. I understand why you are delaying them though!!

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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    1. Six of Crows is FANTASTIC – that’s one I was only delaying until the second book came out, and then I jumped right onto it, because everyone was saying that the ships are amazing (and yes, they are) and I couldn’t miss that, haha. I’m also delaying The Martian, lol. I hope I’ll enjoy Eleanor Oliphant, glad to hear you did πŸ˜€

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  11. I am 1,000,000% here for this post. I also agree about so many of the books! I’ve had Eleanor Oliphant and American Gods and Becky Chambers on my TBR for so long that it’s bordering on depressing (but also so many other books too).
    Would you mind if I borrowed this topic (and will of course give you all the credit!!) xx

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    1. Haha, same about all three for me. Especially Chambers I’m VERY ASHAMED about, because I’m genuinely excited, and I’ve owned the first two books in the series for years. (I got them super cheap from TBD, and was so excited, haha.)
      Of course not! I’d love to see the books you need to read. πŸ˜€

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  12. OH MY GOD YOU JUST LISTED ALL THE BOOKS I HAVE BEEN AVOIDING READING TOO! Especially Shades of Grey and The Nightingale! AHHH!! I WANT to read them soo bad but I JUST…UGHHH!! 😭😭😭😭😭πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

    And the Oliphant one as well!! I just..I am afraid I wont like it, you know!!! 😭😭πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

    AND YESS TO GOOD OMENS!! The show was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! 😍😍😍 But I liked the book as well soooo..🀣🀣

    And DISCOUNT BUYSSS!! 🀣🀣🀣🀣 I can relate soo hard to that one! I DO IT TOO! ON A DANGEROUSLY FREQUENT BASIS! 🀣🀣🀣

    AWESOME POST, Veronika! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒŸπŸŒŸ I just hope you will find reasons to read these eventually! And then maybe after reading your reviews, so will I! πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’ŽπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

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    1. Haha, I’m glad we have so many books on our tbrs in common. 🀣 I am genuinely excited about most of these, but all the shiny new releases are suuuper distracting, smh. 🀣

      Same about Eleanor Oliphant – I’m VERY excited for it, but also have the feeling it may not work for me, especially not that people in the comments told me it gets rather dark and sad.

      I was looking at discounts on The Book Depo RIGHT AFTER finishing this post. 🀣 I was strong though, and didn’t buy anything!!

      Thank you – haha, we can only hope. 🀣🀣

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      1. YESSSS!!!! But in my case I get more distracted by all those used books I keep buying all the time! THEY JUST…SEEM SOOO MAGICALLL!! 😍😍😍😍

        EXACTLYYYY!! Ughhhhh!! It makes me sad that I am unable to get past this preconceived notion long enough to actually read the poor book! Ahhhhh!! 😭😭😭

        Hahhahah!! OH MY GOD GIRLLL SAMEEE! I DO THAT TOO!! On Amazon though! 🀣🀣

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