Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. I tend to read a lot of hyped books and then get really disappointed in them, but I still keep picking them up! Here are some that I haven’t tried yet.

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1. Well, let’s get this one over with. I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter series. I made it a reading resolution this year to do it, but let’s be real. I won’t.

To Kill a Mockingbird

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I didn’t have to read this in school, but for some reason I’ve always thought of it as a “school book” and thus it doesn’t interest me.

Wuthering Heights

3. Wuthering Heights. I do want to read this some day. But I have a feeling I’m not going to like it, so I keep putting it off.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

4. Snow Like Ashes. I got this from the library once, but I was in a book slump and never read it before it expired. I still love the cover, though.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m pretty sure this is another hyped book that is just going to set me up for disappointment. Every review I see is 4 or 5 stars, it’s everybody’s favorite book of the year. I had no intention to read it, because I hated (HATED) Throne of Glass by the same author, but I’ve definitely let the hype get to me. I’m next in line for it on the library waiting list.

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6. All the Bright Places. I actually own a copy of this book, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read something so depressing.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

7. The Infernal Devices series. Everyone says this is way better than the Mortal Instruments series, but ever since reading City of Heavenly Fire, I’ve had no interest in reading it since that book kind of gave spoilers from this series.

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

8. The Cuckoo’s Calling. I own a copy of this book, too. It looks big, though, which always intimidates me. Plus I kind of feel like I should read the Harry Potter series before reading the author’s other work. It doesn’t make sense.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

9. If I stay. I was determined to read this book for quite awhile, but I decided I really have no interest in it. I actually took it off my TBR list.

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10. The Winner’s Curse. I started this once, but couldn’t get into it. But because of all the hype I haven’t felt like I could blow it off entirely.

WHAT HYPED BOOK HAVE YOU NOT READ YET? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE ABOVE BOOKS?

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: October + Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday! I have nothing book related to say about that, but I just wanted to share it 🙂  Yesterday at work my coworkers made me a candy bouquet!

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Before I get to my reviews, I want to say that you probably won’t see a lot from me in November, as I am attempting to participate in NaNoWriMo. If I’m successful at this, it means way less time for reading, so we’ll see how it goes. Now, onto the book stuff…

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4)

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4) by Kristan Higgins. Read September 30 – October 2. 3 stars.

Another adorable book by Kristan Higgins. I liked that there was a pretty decent presence of the whole Holland clan in this one.        

Always On My Mind (Lucky Harbor, #8)           

Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8) by Jill Shalvis. Read October 13-14. 3 stars.

I’ve read one other book by Shalvis and didn’t love it, but was encouraged to give her another shot, so I picked this one because of my love for the Fake Relationship trope. However, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There weren’t really any cute moments where they were a fake couple out and about. It was just kind of announced they were couple to the town and the only times they were together really were in private where some slightly-more-graphic-than-I-would-like things happened. I felt like their background could have been expanded on and the side-plot was a little too predictable. But overall, it was an ok read.

Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 20-21. 3 stars.

While the premise of this book was interesting and had some unique aspects, I had a lot of issues with this book. Mostly in the relationships between the characters and how the guys viewed it. One example, a girl really liked one of the guys and slept with him and when Jordan asks him about how he feels about the girl his answer is that “she’s a good lay” and it’s a nice stress reliever. The whole book highlights all the reasons why these characters are too immature to be having sex, yet it is never addressed as being emotionally harmful, but completely normal and casual.

There were times that I was ready to give this book 1 star, but because of it’s interesting premise and the fact that I liked how it ended, I’m giving it three. I’m going to try the next book in the series only because I got the 3 book bundle from the library.

Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 21-21. 3.5 stars.

3.5 stars. I liked this book better than the previous one in the series. While it had it’s own set of issues, it made up for all the issues I had with the previous book (which was not showing any of the possible emotional effects all the casual sex could bring). I also thought it was interesting that it involved God and a relationship with Him and church, without being preachy. It had the full spectrum of “church people” which is unusual to see in a non-Christian-fiction book.

Perhaps my biggest problem was that Parker’s mom’s big life lesson to her daughter was to do whatever makes you happy and to forget everyone else. That may work sometimes for a seventeen-year-old, but as a mother of 2, it kind of makes you horrible.

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout. Read October 22-24. 2 stars.

This book didn’t really keep my attention. I think it was a bit longer than it had to be. An interesting twist in this series is that readers get the chance to vote for which guy in the love triangle we want Layla to end up with in the next book. However, I didn’t feel like it was written in a way for there to be any real contest. I think it’s obvious who it’s supposed to be, even though I’m totally voting for the other guy!     

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Read October 24-25. 3 stars.

I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile and ended up being a little underwhelmed. While it was overall cute, it didn’t have a lot of the things I love about the fake relationship trope.

Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 25-26. 3 stars.

When book 3 in this series didn’t keep my attention, I skipped to this one. It was ok, but I think it’s the last in this series that I’ll read.

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong. These are all books I barely started and  just couldn’t get into. I was in a pretty big reading slump, so I put them back on the TBR shelf.

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RE-READS

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I wanted to read this again before I watched the movie. While I prefer the book to the movie, I thought the movie was very well done. And I forgot just how much I loved the book!

Major Reading Slump – Poll Time

I’m having a major reading slump. Nothing at all sounds good. These are the three books that I have started right now and am only a few chapters into each. I need some opinions here.

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Visions (Cainsville #2)

Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

Any book recommendations to help break me out of the slump?