Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read


Welcome back for another round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can read more about Top Ten Tuesday and its previous topics here.

Up this week: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

I recently made a list of books I will probably never read (or finish), so this time I’ll focus mostly on books I haven’t read but intend on reading. I did add a few more that I probably won’t read just for fun.

Hyped Classics

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1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I started watching the Lord of the Rings movies before my “book first, movie second” rule came into play. I’ve started this one a few times and never got past Bilbo’s birthday party… you know, one of the first scenes. I added this book to my Classics Club list so I plan on getting to it in the next five years.

2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I grew up with this book in my house, but for some reason I never read it. Not to sound morbid, but I’m fascinated by the Holocaust, and I intend on reading this book for the Classics Club as well. I recently visited Dachau concentration camp, so my mind has recently been on this horrible time in history.

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Another Classics Club read! I started this book not too long ago, but my schedule made it impossible to dedicate the time to this beasty book. I’ve heard many good things about it and look forward to reading it.

Hyped Children’s / Young Adult Books

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4. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
This series got a lot of press β€” partially because people must have loved the books, and partially because the author was in his late teens when he published Eragon, which was a much bigger deal in 2002 than it is today. I own the first book, but I don’t know that I’ll ever get to it. I love dragons, but the dragons from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series take priority.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I love Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor and Park was an amazing novel. I haven’t read her other work yet, but a lot of bloggers and friends have been talking up Fangirl since it came out. I hope to read it soon.

6. Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
This is also considered a classic so it’s on my Classics Club list, but I decided to throw it in with the Children’s/YA category for fun. I’ve done well to stay away from the Narnia movies. I couldn’t even tell you if there are more than one of them out at this point. Anyway, these books are everywhere. They were at the level of Harry Potter popularity before Harry Potter came along. I know it’s still crazy popular, but come on… Harry Potter.

7. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I don’t know much about this series, but I do know that it’s gotten hyped up over the years. I hear/read people talking about Cassandra Clare all the time. I don’t intend on getting into this series, but I could end up changing my mind. One of my good friends is obsessed, so she may end up convincing me to give it a try. Maybe.

Other Hyped Books

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8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
I feel like the Millennium trilogy books have been popular forever, and a couple movies were made from the first book. Don’t worry, I haven’t caved and watched those either. Book first, I know. This is another series that I own the first book of and may or may not get to, but I’d be open to it if the mood strikes.

9. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
People are crazy about this book as well as Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret. This type of book isn’t really for me, but I’m sure it’s a brilliant read for those interested. You do you, readers!

10. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I’ve never had much interest in reading this book. It got popular really fast, but I honestly don’t remember what it’s even about. It felt like it had some kind of cult following, or perhaps that’s what the book is about? Either way, I don’t plan on reading it.


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

  1. Girl don’t even try Eragon it’s Star Wars with dragons. Literally. Orphan boy finds out from secretive old dude he has a power he didnt know he had, goes home where he lives with his aunt and uncle to find it burned, goes on an adventure to save a girl he keeps having visions of, along the way he meets a snarky thief and by the end they have to save a bunch of people from the bad guy. And thats leaving out a bunch of spoiler stuff that also matches. I didn’t get burned by this book or anything.

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  2. Love the diversity of genres on your list! Encountering the Narnia books in adulthood is not always a success, so I’ll be interested to know what you think. I still have great fondness for them but now I can see how flawed they are. I must say that I was not a fan of the one Cassandra Clare book I read. Her style seems to click with some people, but I feel there are so many books that are better worth your time out there. Still, it’s always worth looking into it for yourself.

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    • Thanks for the advice, Lory! My aunt tried getting me to read the Narnia books when I was a little younger (teens, but still younger), but I was too obsessed with Harry Potter at the time to care about much else, haha. And I’m sure I’ll always have enough to read where Clare’s books aren’t overly tempting. πŸ™‚


  3. So many good ones on here. Can’t wait to hear what you say about The Lord of the Rings, I wasn’t the biggest fan when I read it in HS, but loved it when I re-read it last year. The Inheritance Cycle was good, but so many people gave him shit for borrowing stuff from every other author, aka what all fantasy authors do. I enjoyed them and it was a different perspective on dragons than I’d seen before. And last but not least, The Millenium trilogy was EXCELLENT, gruesome in some cases, but excellent. I think I’ll re-read it in the next few years as there are rumors of a controversial fourth coming out (and always have been). It was originally planned to be much longer, plus his death was fascinating.

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  4. Nice list with many I haven’t read either. The Chronicles of Narnia is one I have avoided while several others just were not on my reading radar. But I do not know what my life would be like if I had never read War & Peace. After four reads I still look forward to reading it again.

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  5. Yes the Narnia books are hard to read as an adult and not laugh out loud at that (esp the latter books in the series).

    I hope you get yo your three classics one day as they are all worth it in very different ways.

    Lucky you to know nothing about the Secret. I was given it by a misguided friend – I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry – until she read it herself & apologised profusely !!

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