Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…
hyped books i bought and never read
As much as I bemoan it… I am not immune to the hype. Sometimes, the hype gets to me and I end up purchasing a book because everyone has told me how amazing it is, and the glowing five star reviews are inescapable, and the premise sounds interesting. But, just because I buy these hyped books doesn’t mean I’ll ever get around to reading them *laughter that turns into tears* Because I thrive on self loathing I thought I’d share but a few popular books that I have bought, and have been sitting on my shelf ever since. Here we go…
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
To be honest, I don’t even know how I have escaped reading this book for so long. I got it for Christmas the year it came out – I specifically asked for it because I adore Shadow and Bone. But here we are… still unread. I think the hype fear has gotten to me now. What if I don’t love this gang of thieves as much as everyone else? DOOM.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I bought the box set of this trilogy when Cassandra Clare came to Brisbane in 2015. I am a fan of TMI so when I found out about this series (well before I bought it) I thought it would be right up my alley because historical paranormal! Alas, still unread. Even though I read that awful Shadowhunter Academy book *shudders*
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenn Han
A few times in my early blogging years I did this thing where you were assigned this person, and they had three shelves on GR and you got to buy them one off each shelf (and they did the same for you). Or something like that, it was a long time ago. I think the last time I did this was 2014? So that’s how long I’ve had this book *heavy breathing* I love the cover so, so much. I think that’s why I put it on the wishlist. And now that I’ve heard almost non-stop good things about it I’m more keen to read it. And the series is completed, too, which is a bonus.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Can you believe I actually preordered this way back when? Booktopia had this whole “it’s signed by both authors!” thing going on, which they have done for all the books in this series. In fact… I have preordered all three books in this trilogy because of it. And I still haven’t even bothered to read the first one, hahaha.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I think this book appeared on my bookish radar almost as soon as I started blogging. I had never heard of it before but I really liked the sound of it and I couldn’t escape the high praise from fellow bloggers and friends. So when I found a copy at one of those $5 bookstores that pop up every now and again (where have you gone, beautiful things?) I couldn’t resist. Actually, a year or two ago I picked up another copy at a secondhand book fair because it was bigger. I am unstoppable.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This, too, was purchased at one of those $5 stores. As well as the sequel. IN HARDBACK. FOR FIVE DOLLARS. And yet they remain unread. I think my desire to read the books decreased after seeing the movie. I know it shouldn’t but this happens to me a lot. I’m kind of like: well, I know what happens now I don’t need to read the book. I feel shame. I do.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Since Fangirl was one of my favourite books, I preordered the shit out of Carry On when I realised it was going to be A Thing. For some reason I still haven’t picked it up.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I bought this as an ebook when it was on sale for $5 (obviously, if something is $5 I cannot resist it *upside down smiling emoji*). Then I traded for the hardback last year because I do prefer reading physical books. That didn’t make me read it any faster, though, hahaha.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
DON’T YELL AT ME. I KNOW I AM BEHIND, OKAY? LEAVE ME BE. I TOLD YOU THIS POST WAS AN EXERCISE IN SELF LOATHING.
Are you in the same situation I’m in? Do you have any popular books you’ve bought but never read?