The bookish hype: escape it or drown in it?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good night already, friends! I hope you had a great week, filled with TONS of books, obviously, and a little bit of love, too. We get that from books, right? As always, since Sunday is the day to relax, let’s take a break from adulting -or trying to, for those who need to, close our books for just a bit and have a bookish discussion, shall we?ย 

I hesitated for a long, long time before finally writing this, because I felt like the subject was talked about by many, many bloggers these days, and I wouldn’t add anything new to it. But I have decided to blog anyway, because I want to share my opinion on this, and so, I will. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Before I started book blogging, there’s something I was completely oblivious to: the HYPE. That word, I know, it just either gives you excitment chills, or an annoyed sighย getting out of your mouth. Or those two, at the same time. I chose my books because I found them at my library, online, liked the synopsis, the cover, or both, and wanted to read it. Now, thanks to book blogging, I find new books to add to my TBR every single day. I add them for the same reasons quoted above. And, sometimes, it happens. The HYPE happens. I see the book once. Twice. A HUNDRED times on different blogs. I read ALL CAPS AND EXCITEMENT, I see heart-emojis and happiness all over twitter because of that gorgeous book. Because I’m a curious bookworm, I’ll check out the book, wonder two seconds, and, if blogger friends talked about it tons, too, there are many, MANY chances I’ll add it to my TBR. ย Then, I pretty much ask myself: WHAT HAVE I DONE.

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HYPE is a four-letter word, but it comes with a certain pressure, let me tell you. Because, once I’ve added that supposedly AMAZING book to my TBR, well, WHAT HAPPENS. I get scared, I plan on ordering it two, three, a thousand times, and sometimes I do. Sometimes I just keep on wondering until I go crazy. And let me tell you, why.

๐ŸŽˆ We can discover some pretty AMAZING books, thanks to this crazy thing called, hype. Really, really amazing. I discovered Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, because everyone talked about it and told me how good it is. And I loved it. I discovered Patrick Ness the same way, and now I’m getting obsessed about reading all of his books. HYPE CAN BE WONDERFUL.

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๐ŸŽˆWHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT? This is the worst feeling. Under pressure, because we’re too damn curious for our own good, or just, BECAUSE REASONS, I added the book to my TBR, and, everytime I need new books, I wonder. Because everyone talks about it. But what if I don’t like it, and I’m the black sheep of the bookish community? Will I get rejected? Won’t you like me anymore because I have different taste? Everyone’s different, and it can be good, not to fit in, at times. But despite everyone saying that, it’s still hard to feel like you’re alone in this.

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๐ŸŽˆ BUT, as I said before, this wonderful thing called hype, can make us WANT to read MORE. And DIFFERENTLY. I mean, there are so many great fantasy books that everyone around me talks about. It makes me want to read those, even if they’re a little bit outside of my comfort zone. The hype makes me want to discover NEW THINGS. And new things can be good, awesome, eye-opening and FULL OF FEELINGS.

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๐ŸŽˆ Getting outside of the comfort zone is good. It’s where you start to really live, according to a quote I don’t quite remember too well. BUT what if I’m great, inside of my comfort zone? What if I don’t want to follow what everyone else is doing, AND reading? Getting out is SCARY, and I’d rather sometimes stay under my pile of contemporary books, just because they feel comfy and reassuring. AND I don‘t want to be fed a book just because it’s hyped, and because everyone loves it. Feeling forced to read a book is the worst.

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So, this is a tie. The real question here is: WHAT DO I DO?!

If you ask me, I believe that everyone should read what they want, because they CAN. And if they want to read a hyped book, and they didn’t like it, well, there’s no reason to feel ashamed to post a negative review about it. Just do not tag the author, because that’s a simple question of respect, and I’m sure that there are other people out there who didn’t like the book that much, either. Plus, it can be an eye opener for those who loved everything, but didn’t think about those little details that bothered you in the story. SO you are a mastermind. That’s good, right?

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Trends are crazy, but don’t feel ashamed if you haven’t read some super hyped series, or don’t feel the need to do so. Reading should be a pleasure, a hobby, and it shouldn’t become something you’re feeling pressured to do, just because everyone else is doing so. If you ask me the question: The bookish hype, escape it, or drown in in, I would tell you: don’t run. Test the water first, know where you’re going to swim, and be confident:ย you can never drown in it. There’s always a way to come back to shore, unscattered. You can leave if you don’t like it, and go back to safety with all of the books you’re sure you LOVE.

What do you think about bookish hype? Do you sometimes feel obligated to read some books, just because everyone is talking about it?ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

What is one book you’ve read thanks to the hype, and LOVED? Did you read a hyped book, and only felt “meh” about it?ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Is there one hyped book you would advice EVERYONE TO READ? Let’s chat in comments!ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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50 thoughts on “The bookish hype: escape it or drown in it?

  1. THE HYPE!! god, the hype. I love it and hate it all at the same time.

    I must say though, it’s certainly led me to some of my favourite books: throne of glass, the raven boys, all the bright places. but I seriously understand about the pressure thing… I really hate when I don’t like hyped books because I feel like I’m letting everyone down. I recently read ready player one and didn’t really rate it much even though I’ve never seen a single bad review about it. OH WELL. I’m content to keep loving and hating books and not liking a hyped book won’t make me pretend I did just for the sake of nicety. I enjoy being honest in reviews!! (without being outright mean, of course)

    great discussion post I love reading people’s thoughts on ‘the hype’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh yes, the hype made me discover some fantastic, unforgettable books, too, and I’m so grateful for that. But you’re definitely right, we shouldn’t be nice and pretend to like a book, just because everyone else does. I love people like you, remaining honest in their reviews despite everything! And it’s actually refreshing to read negative reviews on books that everyone loves. Brings diversity a bit, ahah ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so, so much, I’m so glad you liked it Jessica! โค

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  2. I didn’t know the exact term until I joined the blogging community either. Hype is pretty big! For me, if any books appeals to me, I’m going to read it, hype or not. And, all the books are not for everybody, so if someone doesn’t like it, it’s their opinion, I have no problem with it unless they bash the book or the author. At first when I was new, I was a bit scared to write negative reviews, especially if I hadn’t liked a hyped book but now I know, everybody here respects the others opinion.
    Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. If I were to calculate the percentage to which hype has disappointed me…it’d be like a 75% [of the time]. It’s really a gamble that just doesn’t pay off for me because though I may share the same interests as someone (e.g. genre), I find myself more picky per the actual contents of the book instead of just ‘such wow, so great, hype is real, 5/5’ comments you see so much of.

    One book that was super hyped last year on my feed in particular (probably because of Grisha) was Six of Crows — and it totally lived up to the hype for me. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Grisha Trilogy but I’m glad I read SoC cause it was infinitely better.

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    1. Oh wow, that’s a lot! Well I guess the hype doesn’t work for everyone. And if you ask me, I think that hearing everyone talking about a book, just makes us have tons of expectations, and that’s never good. In some ways, we can always find this little something that didn’t work, because we expected SO much, and well… we are definitely more picky and critical of the whole book, I think! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh, Six of Crows was definitely a BIG DEAL, and erm, I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy, so, haha. Maybe I should get to it, because I’m definitely curious to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about this, Joey! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I am in the hype and trying to slowing get out of the hype but how? I just finished reading Salt to the Sea and the book was meh to me. I was in the minority on this one, so what’s a girl to do? I just didn’t feel it and to me that is ok but I felt as I was reading it, I was missing something and perhaps I was trying hard to connect to the book. Now, as I look over all the reviews for this book, wow….I really sank the boat on this one, 5 star reviews everywhere and me, not so much.
    I have decided this year that I am not saving these “OMG” great reads till later and i am no longer tormenting myself and I am reading them as soon as I can get my hands on them. In the past, I used to get the books or wish-to-get-the-book and then just stare or tempt myself with their presence. Why? I have no idea, perhaps I thought I was not worthy of their greatness but not this year….I am slowly making my way through my list of “OMG” great reads that I have put off for centuries and perhaps some year I will be caught up. Unfortunately, this reads will probably not all be so great ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. Oh, I understand the feeling! It makes you feel really bad, when everyone loves a book so much, and it’s just, well, it was okay, but nothing more, to you. I really feel bothered when that happens, but you’re entitled to your opinions, and I’m sure there are some people who didn’t like it, just like you ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope all of your next reads will be great! Maybe you, and we all should wait up ’til the hype dies down a little bit, before picking up those books. This way, it would avoid all expectations and fears of getting disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy reading, thank you so much for stopping by!! โค

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  5. I think you captured the problematic of the hype perfectly! I always feel pressured to like hyped books, ultimately often ending up being disappointed by them. It’s a mean cycle, because maybe, just maybe, if everyone hadn’t gushed about it to the extreme, it would have been way more fun to read. And sometimes it is the coolest thing if you discover a hidden gem that no one else has read yet, but it is only possible if my time isn’t occupied by all the hyped books. Then again, some of them are SO GOOD! Oh .. the trouble with books!

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    1. Oh thank you Kat! โค That's exactly it! People just keep saying that some book is the best thing they've ever read, so obviously we can't help it but have high expectations about it. Then the disappointment is even bigger ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Ahah, loving books comes with its perks, and its drawbacks, too :p

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  6. Sometimes the hype does make me feel obligated to read a particular book, which then makes me refuse to read it. But mostly, it makes me more curious than I already am, which isn’t cool. That’s why I HAD to read Throne of Glass and I was so let down when I didn’t love it. Same with Shadow and Bone.

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    1. Oh no, I’m so sad to hear you’ve had bad expรฉriences with hyped books. Who knows, maybe sometime you’ll read a hyped book and fall in love with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ It really can make us feel obligated to read some books, otherwise we’d feel left out. But in the end, I think we all should read what appeals to us, regardless of what others are reading or endlessly raving about! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Probably the currently hyped book I would want everyone to read is A Gathering of Shadows, no surprise. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I love hype-mainly because, as you mentioned, it’s introduced me to so many books I wouldn’t have discovered. I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens, Me Before You, and A Little Life (though this latter one isn’t as hyped by the readers of ya lit community…) because of hype and LOVED them so much. You’re right, this discussion has been published before but I never get tired of seeing it in the blogosphere. I love your take on this topic, Marie! โค

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    1. It’s so good when you read a hyped book, and love it as much as others. I think I’ve never felt more part of a bookish community, when lots of bloggers recommend me to read a book, and then I end up loving it, too. That’s the best! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you Summer, I’m glad you liked it! I was a little nervous about posting it, because well, nothing new here, but I’m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. I think for me I can be my own worst enemy when it comes to hype. Especially if it’s a sequel to a book I already love. I wait ages for it to be released and I’m always building it up in my mind and then, sometimes, when I finally read the book it can’t live up to my expectations. There was one series where I loved the first two books, they were amazing, and in the run up to the last book being released I built it up so much in my mind that when it came out I was just disappointed by it. However I think that the last book just wasn’t as good as the first two anyways.
    But I have found some amazing books through hype as well, and to be honest I haven’t really found a book that’s been so hyped up that I haven’t enjoyed. (I really need to read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I’ve heard so much about it and it sounds really good). And I’ve gone out of my comfort genre more as well since blogging, and thanks to hype as well!

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    1. I know, the hype is CRUEL! This especially works for sequels, yes, because you already know a bit about the book, the world, the characters, and can’t stop yourself from expecting A LOT about it. OH no, what series was it, if I can ask? This has happened to me before, too, and it’s the worst feeling ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Oh you totally should check out Simon vs., it’s a great book! It’s cute but with the right amount of diversity, messages and the characters are endearing at best! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I always tend to hype up sequels in my head more than first books in the series, and yeah it’s because I already know a lot of the story and I just have high hopes for the sequel and all the characters I already know so well.
        It was the Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan are, I loved the first two books, Angelfall and World After. They were brilliant and I had high hopes for the last book in the trilogy because the first two had been amazing. But when I got it I was just so disappointed. It seemed like the author was trying to cram three books worth of plot and backstory into one book. Plus it seemed like all the rules of the world that had been built up in the first two were broken in the third. It just didn’t live up to the potential of the first two books ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        I’ve seen a lot of amazing reviews for Simon Vs. I’ve been meaning to pick it up sometime (I just hope this isn’t a book that I build up in my head and it just turns out disappointing but from the sounds of the reviews I don’t think it will be)
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      2. Oh, I haven’t read that series, I’m sorry you were disappointed by it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I understand the feeling, sometimes authors just want to put everything in the last book, and it’s just, TOO much.
        Ohh Simon vs. certainly is great, I loved it, I was scared of being disappointed about it, too, but I found it just, great. The characters felt SO real and endearing, it was refreshing,! I hope you’ll read it soon ๐Ÿ˜€

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      3. I think with that series there was originally going to be five books but it was cut down to three, and I think in a way the author tried to cram three books of plot and characters development into one book. It was still good, but it wasn’t as good as the first two and nowhere near what I expected from the last book of that makes sense. There are a lot more series that completely exceed my expectations though, that makes it definitely worth the wait, and all the building up of hype around the book ๐Ÿ™‚
        I kinda feel the same way about Simon Vs. I’ve seen so many amazing reviews and people seem to love it but…I just worry it something that’s been built up in my mind so much that the real thing can’t compare. I’m sure it can though. I’ll try and get to it as soon as I can, I have a lot on my to-read list I need to get through first because they’ve been there for years now ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. Oh wow, yes, I guess when you try to fit in so many plot lines and characters, it ends up being, A lot to take, in just one book. That’s too bad though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Oh, I certainly understand that! Well, maybe by the time you get to it, there’ll be less hype and it’ll be less talked about, so your expectations won’t be as high as they are today ๐Ÿ™‚

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      5. Yeah, there was a lot that happened. Honestly it felt like a completely different book to the first two, and written by a completely different author as well. It’s still a great series, guess I just had high hopes and the book didn’t meet them.
        I’m sure it will be brilliant. There are a lot of good reviews so I’m sure my expectations will be met, I think there are some books you just have to be in the midd to read you know?

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  9. I didn’t really know about the hype until I started blogging too. I’ve discovered a lot of good books because of it, but I do feel like if I don’t read a certain book, then I’m that one person out of the loop. But you’re right that everyone should read what they want. Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Ah, the hype is a force to be reckoned with. I agree with all the points you mentioned above, especially with finding new books to read. I personally don’t feel obligated to read books, I just do whatever I want to do, lol, OR what books I actually have (which is often the case). I seriously want to join the hype train and read ADSOM and AGOS but I have no copies XD
    Some hyped books that I loved are The Winner’s Curse, Simon, and Six of Crows. Some that are just meh for me are Truthwitch and Throne of Glass. It can be a hit or miss ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ohh, I want to join that hype train, too, but I need to buy them, first, hahaha. Sometime I will… all the books I need to buy, oh, just thinking about this makes me CRAZY ahah. Ohh, I loved Simon. And I’m actually glad to hear TOG was a “meh” for you, because my expectations are so HIGH about that one, haha, everyone seems to love it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by Joan! โค โค

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  11. I try to escape hype actually! Or at keast, run like a madman away from it for a while, until it dies down a bit – I ALWAYS find myself getting swayed by hyped! I think I would have enjoyed Truthwitch so much more, for example, if I hadn’t read it based purely on hype alone :/
    Plus, there’s that ginormous pressure to love each and every book that’s hyped up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I think that reading hype books might be alright for me, ONLY if it’s a book with a blurb that I would read anyway, regardless of hype! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cool post, Marie! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hahaha, well you’re right, can I run right next to you? Because I really should, it’s so easy to get sucked up in ALLL of this hype, haha. Exactly, there’s a bit of pressure, and that’s annoying, I really don’t like it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That’s the same for me, I try and do that now, read it only if the synopsis appeals to me, but it’s so easy to get too curious and want to read everything…
      Thank you so much Geraldine!! โค

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  12. I think blogging adds a whole other layer of pressure, because you feel like if you read the hyped books then more people will read your reviews, BUT THEN if you don’t like it, everyone will hate you. Which I know you said.

    Pressure.

    I haven’t read any of the hyped books lately because I am too poor. When you’re looking at older books from a couple years back with no hype at all, it’s almost just as hard to decide what to read next. I always think how am I supposed to know if it’s good or not if I haven’t heard anyone talk about it?!

    Both attitudes are very silly. Being a bookworm comes with a lot of anxiety, haha.

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    1. That’s exactly it! People tend to read more of your reviews when they’re about hyped books, I noticed that. It’s kind of sad though, because there are awesome gems just waiting to be discovered! โค
      Hahaha, you're definitely right. Actually, I just remember reading a book purely based on its synopsis, before book blogging. Now there are SO many reasons to read more books, haha.Oh yes, the anxiety and stress of being a bookworm, haha!
      Thank you so much for your comment!! โค

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  13. What a great discussion! ah the infamous H-word- how I love and hate it. Like you said, it’s a good way to find new books- there are lots of books I never would have bothered with if not for the hype. The issue is a lot of the time books just don’t (and can’t) live upto it. My main issue with hype is that a lot of books would have been more enjoyable if I hadn’t expected so much out of them :/ Also, like you said, keeping up with trends can be hard- usually I just don’t have the time (or the money) to go out and get every book that comes to my attention.

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  14. Hehehe, I love your writing style Marie!! It makes me smile. ^_^

    I’m one of those horrible people and I usually get annoyed by hype. Well, not annoyed, but when it’s EVERYWHERE I get this feeling of agitated curiosity. And more often than not, when I finish it, I’ll think to myself: it was not as good as everyone said. (Unfortunately again, I get myself caught in the hype and start thinking “UGH IT MUST BE REALLY GOOD!!”) Examples are The Hunger Games, ACOTAR, Divergent, 5th Wave, etc.

    BUT, there have been books that were hyped that I loved. An example is Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (same as you!), ADSOM, and The Winner’s trilogy!!

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much, you’re too sweet โค
      I always get my hopes up when it comes to hyped books. I'm thinking this must be SO awesome, and then I feel like I missed something big, when, after reading a hyped book, all that's left is, "meh", haha.
      The Winner's trilogy!! I've been hearing SO MUCH about those books these days, and it actually sounds good… I really want to add them to my TBR…maybe I will… ๐Ÿ˜€

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