Wednesday, September 27, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] 16 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

16 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype, a Bookish Discussion

A while back, I posted "7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype" and got a great response! So are we ready for a more negative twist?

Don't get me wrong, I totally understand that a reasonable level of book hype is necessary in order to boost the sales of a particular book. And there is nothing better than hearing everyone absolutely rave about a book, picking it up, and also loving it!

But far too often, I have let myself be influenced by the hype only to be totally let down. In many instances, I have closed a book and immediately thought about how off-base the hype and marketing for the book was...

Please proceed with caution and remember these are simply books that I personally didn't think lived up to the hype. I won't be sharing exactly what I thought about each, but feel free to ask in the comments section below if you'd like to hear why I didn't like any of the following books.

16 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype


  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 
  • The Notebook Nicholas Sparks 
  • Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman 
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 
  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Thanks for reading!
Were any of these books also a total miss for you?

22 comments:

  1. Actually, a lot of these were hits for me. THOUGH, some were not as ah-mazing as expected, but still enjoyable for me. I think hype makes us expect too much, and then we are disappointed.

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    1. That's great!! I'm glad you bad better luck! :) I totally agree with your comment about hype! I've made more of an effort to let my expectations fall back to a normal level before picking up a book more recently. So far it's working out pretty well!

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  2. I'm more interested in why some of these didn't work for you but I understand why you don't want to say. Some of these were great for me. One series that doesn't live up for me is the throne of glass series, but if you say that too loudly the ya community comes after you.

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    1. If you have questions about a specific one, feel free to ask! :) And exactly!!! I didn't want to add all of my thoughts because in the past people have attacked my opinion and told me that I was "wrong." It drives me crazy!

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  3. Oh no, I'm so sorry you found The Girl on the Train disappointing!! I absolutely loved it!

    I still have to read a lot of these, so I hope they work for me :) But I have heard The Notebook book is worse than the movie.

    Awesome post, Erica.

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    1. I'm glad you had better luck with The Girl On The Train!! :) Hopefully you enjoy the rest as well :)

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  4. Gah. Me And Earl and The Dying Girl was awful when we buddy read it together!! Phew.

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  5. I tend to stay away from hyped books until the hype dies down. I remember everyone was LOVING The 5th Wave and me, not so much. The same with Final Girls. I've learned to let the hype pass. I loved Me, Earl and the Dying Girl but read it before the movie was even a thought and before it became hyped so maybe that helped. I didn't like the movie though and only watched it because I love it Olivia Cooke.

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  6. I used to avoid anything that was hyped, but the last few years I have found myself carried away by some of it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, but All The Light We Cannot See was just okay for me and Underground RR was a DNF. I've read a few others from this list that aren't very memorable. It's always good for me to return to the classics when I get disillusioned by the hype.

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  7. Ok ok ok i'm with you for some, but I did like two on your list.

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    1. I'm glad you had better luck with the two! :)

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  8. About half of these hit it with me - two that didn't though were The Notebook (I don't even know why I read that one) and Orange is the New Black.

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  9. I enjoyed Fangirl and Water for Elephants - though I listened to them on audio so that is a bit different experience than reading them. Also I read them long after the hype had died down.

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    1. Yeah! I've heard of a number of times when the audio experience was better than the straight-reading. Great point!!

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  10. I have actually not read any of these except Water for Elephants (I was meh). I'm not highly attracted to books with a lot of hype...I find they do seldome live up to it.

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  11. I have only read two of these! I have to admit that I loved the mortal instruments series but I think it helps that I read it before I started book blogging (which made me super critical of everything.) And I have also read The Underground Railroad and I don't think it lived up to the hype either.

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    1. Hype is such a tricky thing!! There's definitely a fine line between good marketing and over-hyping things. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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