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Which popular books are worth the hype??

There are certain books that you see everywhere. On recommendation lists, on bookstagram, in your sleep, you can’t escape them. People gush about them while I’m just standing here thinking, “I don’t know what youre talking about… but okaay.” This month I took it upon myself to read a bunch of popular books to see if they were worth the hype.

Caution: some unpopular opinions ahead. You have been warned. 

The Selection by Kiera Cass… No

*sigh* Why is this so popular? The characters are bland, there is enough girl hate to drown in, and America is annoying. There is no diversity and everything is so predictable. There is not a single thing I liked about this book. I thought that maybe, just maybe, the dystopia elements might redeem all of the bland drama, but no. It doesn’t really come into play until book three and even then it is short lived. 

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin… EH

I rated the Serpent & Dove 3.5 stars. For the quality of writing? No. For entertainment? Yes. I have hope for the rest of the series because the characters and plot were solid. Even though there were some irritating elements (aka the overuse of certain words *cough* copper *cough*), I was invested in the story. It is definitely a bit overhyped, but I found it entertaining at least.

See my full review of Serpent and Dove here.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston… YES

Yes, yes, a million times yes! This book deserves every ounce of hype it has been given. The characters are all hilarious and the chemistry is 10/10. Even if some of the politics were a bit on the idealistic side, I still love this book so much. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han… YES

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the pinnacle of fake-dating. I like Lara Jean’s dynamic with her sisters and some of the growth we see. Can Lara Jean be immature? Yes, yes she can be. But it’s still a super fun read.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell… NO

The story is very bleh. The writing was very bleh. The characters were very bleh. Plus Rainbow Rowell is problematic and bleh. There is nothing about this book that is special. 

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson… YES

The writing in this book is powerful and to the point. The character development and friendship was top notch. I love everything about it and Liz is a literal queen.

See my full review of You Should See Me In A Crown here

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (I’ve only read the first one so far)… NO

I spent the vast majority of this book very confused. It took a loooong time for me to understand the world and everything happening. Plus, Feyre was annoying and Tamlin gave off possessive vibes. I’ve heard that the next book is better, so I’m willing to give it a shot, but right now I’m not feeling it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo… YES

Y’all were right. This one is good. Really good. Would it have helped to read other books from the universe before Six of Crows? Yes. Was it absolutely necessary? No, not really. It took a hot minute to get invested into the story, but after a while I couldn’t help rooting for the crew. The characters kept me on my toes and I never knew what was going to happen next. Crooked Kingdom is on hold from the library as we speak. 

Moral of the story: nine times out of ten the hype will absolutely destroy me. Good times.

What popular books do you not like? Which ones are worth the hype in your opinion?

25 thoughts on “Which popular books are worth the hype??

    1. Right?? I heard all these people gushing about it and was so disappointed! Like THIS is what you guys were talking about??? Are you sure we are reading the same thing?!?

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    1. Haha yeah, this post had a lot of unpopular opinions eeek
      I used to really like Harry Potter, but after rereading it more recently it was honestly a bit disappointing.

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        1. Haha same! I’m often greatly outnumbered on that opinion 😅
          I know what you mean about it just getting lower. There are definitely times when I rate books well because of a more emotional response but later think back about all the things that I didn’t jive with once the excitement of finishing wears off.

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  1. Ahh I think I have to disagree? I loved ACOTAR so much haha though it was confusing and Feyre was not up to standard especially in the middle part… but ACOMAF is really good – I’m currently reading it!

    And yes The selection doesn’t deserve that much hype… I had to do a rare dnf for it.

    I’m so glad you think that six of crows is worth the hype because I’m so excited to read it after hearing about the waffles and newfound family trope!

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    1. The first half of ACOTAR just dragged on for me. Tamlin kind of freaked me out, so I had a really hard time rooting for their relationship. I do think that the back half of the book started to pick up speed. The challenges really hooked me into the story. If ACOMAF is like the back half of ACOTAR, I will have no doubt that I will like it. I have hopes for the rest *fingers crossed* I got my hold on ACOMAF from the library this morning, so we shall see…
      You should definitely read Six of Crows! It is such twisty and amazing read!!! The crew are all so hardened by the world but the newfound family trope is absolute perfection.

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      1. Ahhh I see indeed, the three challenges Feyre had to do was so exciting and the last one was like 😨 . I would say ACOMAF is even better than the end of ACOTAR. You just have a to get through the first bit where some people are being annoying and then all will be epic. 😁

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  2. Ok so, I kinda liked the selection series, I mean, it was ok. and then to all the boys i’ve loved before, I didn’t enjoy it that much, because everyone loved it, and I went in with high expectations, but I guess that was ok as well. However, six of crows? i absolutely loved it!! and acot&r, trust me it gets better 🙂

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    1. I think the fact that a bunch of these books were super hyped kind of skewed my opinions of them. Like I was expecting the holy grail of books and was met with something that I found to be average. Curse those high expectations! Six of Crows somehow managed to blow away all of my expectations though. I was so invested in the story and I never knew exactly what was going on in the minds of the characters!! agh amazing!! I still remain hopeful and plan on reading ACOMAF. If it is as high stakes and captivating as the last half of ACOTAR then I should love it!!

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  3. oh wow! this is such a cool idea. i agree with you, some books don’t deserve the hype. this is just something i’ve noticed, but most hyped books have little diversity (tog, the selection, acotar).

    the ones that are actually deserving of the hype are the hate u give, children of blood and bone, and i’ll be the one, in my opinion. have you read any of these?

    loved this post!! ❤️

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    1. Yes I totally agree with you! I’ve read The Hate U Give and I’ll Be The One, and both are among my favorites from this year. They are waaaay better than most of the other books on this list (even the ones I did like).

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  4. Okay, so I am a little smidgen embarrased to admit that, well, I told people I liked Fangirl.
    I lied! I got rec’d it by a friend who loved it so much and they were so excited that I read it but I just didn’t like it!!
    ACOTAR I think I got into the hype, more than I loved the books. I still love them for nostalgic reasons but I admit that is mostly why now, more than for characters and plot.
    Awesome post, April Lee!
    Emma xx

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    1. I first read Fangirl after hearing people rave about it on Instagram and I found it really underwhelming. It is always hard to admit that you don’t like something popular, because the fans of said popular thing will come and try to convince you otherwise. I didn’t post my review of Fangirl right away for that reasons, but I guess the cat is out of the bag now lol.
      I will be starting acomaf soon and I’m hoping I will like it better. I don’t know, we shall see!!

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  5. Omg, this was such a fun post!!! I loved ur opinions, they were pretty interesting 😀. I’ve been meaning to read shatter me but I just don’t like the author’s writing 😐. I really liked selection and to all the boys tho 😛

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