Hyped books. We see them everywhere – hence why they’re classed as being “hyped”. They’re not only confined to bookstores and people’s personal shelves. Now they live on social media too, taking over twitter, instagram (especially if they’re so aesthetically beautiful), YouTube and blogs.
They’re the books that people love. The ones that everyone raves about.
And yet, they can be the ones that are daunting. The ones you dare not tackle just in case you don’t absolutely adore it with all your heart and the book community will crash and burn from the unpopular opinion.
But you know what I say? READ THE HYPED BOOKS!
Of course, it’s absolutely great to read the not-so hyped books. To give them the love and attention they deserve. But sometimes, you want to read a book that other people have read too, just so you can have a good ol’ chat about it – am I right?
Yes I’m right and if I’m not then HOW THE HELL do you manage to keep all those thoughts on that book you just read to yourself? Like what?
If you see a book that has loads of hype and it actually sounds interesting to you – don’t be overwhelmed by the hype, join in!
A lot of the books I read were surrounded by hype at one point or another. It just happens to be that I love the same books as the majority of people in the YA bookish community do. That’s not to say I don’t read books that are unheard of – I do. Just take a look through my review index and you’ll see the variety there.
But I’m a huge believer in trying the hyped books too.
For one, the book will have so much hype for a reason. There’s a good bet that the book is at least good, or even great. If you base your decisions on buying a book on the reviews you read, this is basically the same thing. You trust the general opinion and you go with it.
And I can honestly say, through reading books surrounded by hype, I’ve discovered genres I never even knew I liked. Historical Fiction is my second favourite genre, I absolutely adore it. And yet for so long, the only one I had read was The Book Thief. Thanks to people talking about historical fiction books more, I’ve discovered so many knew ones I love. Though I still haven’t read All The Light We Cannot See, and that’s the one with the most hype…hmmmm…Need to correct that.
I didn’t think I liked SciFi at all until I read The Lunar Chronicles and Illuminae. I wasn’t that keen on contemporary until I discovered Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club series. And despite fantasy being my favourite genre, there wasn’t a chance I’d tackle those 600+ paged books without the encouragement of hype. Now I’ve happily check the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series off my list, along with The Name of the Wind and the first two Outlander books.
That all sounds like I’m bragging. I promise I’m not.
I’m just trying to show how reading hyped books has really helped me expand my reading tastes. How it’s encouraged me to try new genres, thrown huge chunks of books at me.
Luckily not literally because that would hurt.
And what’s more, if you do end up loving it, you have so many people to talk about it with! No more are the silent struggles of a whirling mind after finishing a book. Social media is your friend, and you can always find *actual* bookish friends through it.
And don’t forget the fan art *drools*. Hyped books mean more talented people love it SO much they draw it. And we get to make heart-eyes at our screens in response.
But still, we haven’t gotten to my main reason for reading hyped books yet. Whatever could it be? Any guesses?
Is anyone actually guessing? Probably not. Okayy Ashleigh just stop you’re being lame.
Let me tell you.
I’ve compared myself to Alice in Wonderland before on this blog – just recently in a review actually – but like her, I can’t stamp down my curiosity. If I keep seeing people hopping along in a crazed ramble about how much they love a book, I’m going to fall down that rabbit hole with them. Because even if it doesn’t sound like something I’d usually read, I simply want to have an opinion on it. I want to know what everyone’s talking about. I want to know if I agree with them, or if I’m on the unpopular opinions side. And no, I’m not afraid of being one of the unpopular opinions because the bookish community are so open and welcoming of that. We understand that no book is for everyone. If you don’t like the hyped book after giving it a try, that’s okayy.
(we only riot when it turns into pure hate towards the author)
So what’ve you got to lose? Well, besides a bit of money and time. You could always borrow from a library to solve the money issue…time I can’t help you with I’m afraid. Not a time traveller (and I can’t go against the laws of magic).
OH and just imagine in the future when all the popular books we’re reading now are considered “modern classics”. We all know Harry Potter will be one eventually. How intellectual will we all look then for our excessive knowledge and love for these books, when really we’re all just fangirling? What a great time that will be…
I’ve rambled on enough now. I think we can all agree on that.
But obviously my message is –
Read the hyped books. You’ve got nothing to lose!
Besides some time and possibly a bit of money. But that’s totally your call.
Do you read hyped books? Or do you prefer discovering books that are mostly unheard of?
Are there any particular genres you’ve discovered through reading a hyped book?
Or maybe you’ve been more encouraged to read bigger books like me?
Do you have any other reasons for reading hyped books?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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