Today’s topic is actually Top Hyped Books I’m Not Planning on Reading. I feel like I’m pretty immune to most hype. Maybe my taste is just weird but I’m not interested in most books that win awards or that everyone else is reading. When I do try to read them I get bored. I’m going to focus on books that I sort of feel I should read but just can’t.
I read Jasper Fforde’s book The Eyre Affair about trying to prevent the ending of Jane Eyre from changing without really knowing the story of Jane Eyre. That added some suspense to the book since I didn’t know how it ended in real life so I didn’t know which ending was going to win. After I read that I got Jane Eyre out of the library (where the kid working the desk kept calling it Jane Eye-er) but couldn’t get myself to sit down and read it.
After the first season of Game of Thrones, I listened to the first book. I really liked it and meant to continue but then I watched the second season and kept getting ahead of the books. It would take so long to catch up to plot points I’ve already seen. I don’t even care to watch the show anymore. Too much gore and naked ladies. I’ll just find out what happens in the story from Internet spoilers.
I’m putting all of Khaled Hosseini’s future books in this category. The Kite Runner was messed up. I don’t want to go back into that world even if it is real.
I’m a huge Pratchett fan. I tried to read this book. I read the first few chapters. But the whole time I kept thinking, “What if this is it? What if this is the last book he writes? What if there is nothing else to read?” I couldn’t read it. Turns out that he died soon after. There is one more book coming out and then it is done. Maybe someday I’ll read this one but it won’t be any time soon. I like the idea that there is a Discworld book left that I haven’t read.
I worked with a person who got me into the Percy Jackson series. She would tell me whenever a new one was coming out. When I moved away I messaged her when I saw that The Mark of Athena was out to let her know that just because I had moved away was no reason to stop letting me know when the books were coming out. The Mark of Athena ends with a major cliffhanger and she was furious that she was going to have to wait a full year to find out what happened. She died in a car crash a few weeks later. One of my first thoughts was that she was never going to find out what happened in the next book. That was followed quickly by the thought that she may be haunting Rick Riordan to find out what happens before anyone else! Either way it felt weird to read the book and find out what happened if she didn’t know.