Several years ago when I got back into reading I remember thinking I wanted someone or some place I could talk about the books I was reading. Like most people on the internet, I have no one IRL to talk about the books I loved (or hated) with. So to the internet I went…
I was so happy to find an online book community across all social media platforms.
I would assume the book community is no different than any other community (ie, makeup, gaming, etc) where certain products are pushed over others. I am not sure why I thought this would be different with books.
I didn’t really notice at first. I thought all these books I saw across everyone’s YouTube channels or Instagram pages were genuine reads. I had never heard of any of these books but man, these books must be good if everyone is reading them.
New releases are not really my thing for the most part. I am what you would call a “backlist” reader. Mostly because the wait list at my local library for new releases are ridiculous.
But I wanted to be apart of this community. I wanted to be apart of the conversation so every once and while I would pick up these books. Some of these books lived up to all the hype like Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell or Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. When I think of my favorite books, those are usually the first two that pop into my mind. I am thankful for the community and the hype for those books.
Then there were other books like Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell or Divergent by Veronica Roth or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (which my son read in school) that just fell so short for me I could not finish them.
There have definitely been more books I was less than thrilled with that were hyped than hyped books I was felt discovered all it’s praises over the years. I know, everyone reads the same book differently. I will be the first one to tell you but I find it incredibly hard to believe that everyone finds the same books “so amazing”. Because of this, over the years I have picked up less and less of the “popular” books. Life is too short to try and be in the in-crowd. I’ll double tap your photo of a beautiful stack of your latest BOTM order but it will probably be a few years before I actually pick it up, if ever.
Every once and awhile I was request a hyped book from the library for some reason. Recently, I requested and picked up Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I have seen this book going around for years. Everyone loves it, I know. My understanding is it is getting made into a television program, or movie, with Renee Witherspoon. I figured it was time to maybe check it out. (Even though I was not thrilled with Big Little Lies, the book or the few episodes of the show I actually saw). I don’t know what the book is about at all, but I feel not knowing will help in my overall enjoyment of the book.
The Simple Wild is another that recently came in at my library for me. It is another one that I have seen around “the gram” quite a bit and I was actually interested in it but I refused to pay the more than $10 ebook from Amazon. So I waited for my library to get a a physical copy of the book which they finally did, almost a year later. Another one, I know nothing about, but the cover looks inviting.
I have been burned too many times by hyped books that for the most part I am afraid of them. Is it just me?