The Controversy of Hyped Books // ft. it’s a love-hate relationship, the pressure, & my fave hyped reads!!

So. Hyped books are a thing.

If I’ve learned anything from being in the book blogging community, it is that hyped books are a real thing that genuinely affects people’s (ahem, my) TBR and honestly end up dictating a lot of what we as bookworms read. They’re legitimately a huge part of being a reader!

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It’s probably going a little far to call it a controversy, but I think readers can have pretty strong feelings about the fact that hyped books exist, and that’s why I wanted to write this blog post. I have a love-hate relationship with the idea of hyping up books, and I thought it would be interesting to write my thoughts about it and then see what all of you think, too!

At the end of this post, because we all know book recommendations are amazing (besides the fact that they continue to feed our pet monsters TBRs), I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books that were hyped up for me. Wait. That means I am feeding the hype? Help, I’m already confused and we’re 170 words in.

Without further ado, into the post!

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First, let’s talk about why hyped books can be a really great thing. At this point, hype is a staple part of the book community, and I don’t think it will ever not be around, so we might as well think about why it’s good.

To start off, I think one of the most obvious reasons I like hype is because it’s the reason I discover so many books. I have book blogging to thank for the fact that I will likely never actually have a TBR of zero books or even be near that number. However, despite the fact that it might someday bury me alive, I love constantly getting recommendations and adding more books that sound amazing to my list.

Let’s be honest, if readers didn’t hype up certain books, I’d have a much smaller TBR and I wouldn’t discover as many new books that later end up being my favorites.

Additionally, hyped books often live up to what people are saying about them. Hyped books are…hyped for a reason. Even if the ripple starts with one person who was just really passionate about this book, it spreads to more and more people who also think it’s incredible, and that keeps going and going.

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This gif represents the perpetrators of the hype clapping, and the rest of the book world coming to the realization that they should really read *insert book title.*

There’s always a reason a book is hyped, and that reason is usually that people loved it a lot. While it’s not a given that everyone will enjoy it, since each one of us have unique reading tastes, likely means that tons of people will end up loving the book.

Another thing about the hype is that it allows books to get a lot of coverage. Especially when it’s an author’s debut novel or a book with diversity (because we need more!!)- these books really need a lot of coverage so they don’t get lost in the sea of books we-must-read-right-now and actually get the love they deserve.

Furthermore, hyped books make for more opportunities to fangirl with other readers. If you know me, you know I’m five thousand percent here for fangirling with other people about books. That’s one of the main reasons I started book blogging, and I get so happy every time I can scream about or even calmly discuss a book with y’all.

Usually, the case with hyped books is that more people in the community have read them, and that provides more opportunities to talk about books with other people. I utterly live for interactions with fellow bookworms about books we loved.

Overall, hyped books can be an important asset to the book community. They feed our TBRs, allow books to be seen, and are honestly often rightly hyped up!

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However, on the other hand, there are downsides to hyped books. There can sometimes be such a thing as a little too much hype??

I have to say, for me personally, the biggest negative to hyped books is the pressure to read and love them. This pressure is honestly put on me by me, because of course no one is forcing me to read a book, and no one is going to hate me if I don’t like it. I do feel like I’m not the only one who does feel this pressure though. I think.

After reading a dozen reviews on one book and hearing glowing things about it from all of them?? That definitely can make me feel like I need to read it or else I’ll be stuck commenting “Oh, I haven’t read _____ yet, but I really need to soon!” on every blog post for the next year.

The pressure isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. It doesn’t have to be negative, it might sometimes be more of a gentle push in the right direction. But still, feeling like you need to read a book and love it or else you just have horrible reading taste isn’t great.

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Another downside to the hype is that it discludes a lot of incredibly wonderful books. I’ll be the first to admit that some of my favorite books were, in fact, hyped books. But some of my favorite books also…weren’t. That makes me really sad!

There are so many books and new ones are constantly coming out. It’s the natural order of things (survival of the fittest, for all my fellow biology nerds) that some will become uber popular and others will stay a little more in the shadows. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I am saying that I’ve read a ton of amazing books that not many other people have read or will ever read because they aren’t hyped.

Of course, I will always do my best to promote all my favorite books, whether they’re hyped or not- but the fact remains that hyped books have a much larger reach and there doesn’t seem to be a way to reverse that reach in favor of underrated books.

All of this isn’t to say that I hate hyped books- like I said, there’s a definite love-hate relationship going on here…but there definitely are some downsides for me!

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Just like with any “controversy,” it wasn’t very difficult for me to come up with positives and negatives. I can see both perspectives of loving or hating the hype that surrounds certain books, and that’s why I have a love-hate relationship with it.

It comes down to personal preference, as well as how much the pressure affects you as a reader. I could see hyped reads being a lot better for me if the pressure didn’t exist! I know that hyped books will always be around, and I’m okay with that, even though there are things I wish I could change about the whole scenario.

To finish out this post, I want to share a few of the books that have been extremely hyped around the book blogging community lately! I’ve read and enjoyed all of these, so I guess this is an example of the hype leading me to a lovely book and therefore leading me to hype it up for all of you?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)

There are books that are hyped up now, and there are books that will be hyped up next month, the month after that, the year after that- it’s a constant cycle.

I always try to approach hyped books with the mindset that I’ll love them as much as everyone else, but I also try to not read a hyped book just because it’s hyped. If you pick books that you’re genuinely interested in, you’re all the more likely to have a great reading experience.

Just remember that it’s okay to love a hyped book (it’s not always bad to jump on a bandwagon) and it’s equally okay not to love it. At the end of the day, reading is all about you finding books that you can connect to and that you truly enjoy and love!

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I’m always wishing you all the best reading experiences! My hope for y’all is that you have the happiest time reading and discovering new books.✨

It was really interesting for me to write all my thoughts about hyped books (well, not all my thoughts, because no one wants to read that long of a post) and I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about this topic.

Also- before I finish this post, please don’t forget that nominations for the 2019 Book Blogger Awards close in just 5 days, on July 20th!! This is an amazing opportunity to honor and celebrate the talent and friendships we have in the book blogging community, so if you still want to nominate bloggers, don’t forget to do so.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’re all having an excellent week!

What are all your thoughts? Do you see more of the positives or negatives for hyped books? Do you feel the pressure sometimes? What are your favorite hyped books? I’d love to talk with you in the comments.

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74 thoughts on “The Controversy of Hyped Books // ft. it’s a love-hate relationship, the pressure, & my fave hyped reads!!

  1. Except for Seven Husbands (which I’ve heard so much about) I’ve read all those hyped books you recommended! (Is that bad….?) And loved them all! Also, I’m pretty sure it says something about my addiction to Gilmore Girls that I can pick the scene that Lorelai was clapping at. It’s…. not good at all 😕 Fantastic discussion Liv!

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  2. I definitely feel the pressure to read hyped books! Sometimes it feels a bit weird not having read something that it seems like everyone else in the book blogging community wants to read or has already read. But I try not to let it influence my TBRs too much–I just read what I want to read, and if those hyped books also align with that then it does. If not, no big deal.
    Great post! 🙂

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    • The pressure is so real, but it sounds like you have a really great mindset! That’s what I try to train myself to think, too- if I want to read a hyped book then I will, but I won’t read it only because of the hype.
      Thank you so much, Holly!💓

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  3. hi!! amazing post!
    hype around a book is usually what convinces me to actually read the book, sometimes i decide to give it a try without actually knowing what it’s about (i know, i KNOW). and honestly most of the time, i end up enjoying that book! especially if it discusses important up-to-date topics.
    but sadly no one is meant to enjoy every single book (which sucks), so you shouldn’t feel bad about not liking a book, even if it’s hyped! you had reasons, and people should accept those reasons, whether they liked the book or not! this way of thinking helped me be more confident in my opinions in general. but i do get the fact that hype does make people feel pressured to enjoy a book.
    again, amazing post!! can’t wait to read your future (and past) posts!
    (also, my fave hyped books that come to my mind right now are SIX OF CROWS, TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, and LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS!)

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    • Hi, Maha! Thank you so much.💘
      I *try* not to read books without knowing what they’re about before going into it, but let’s be honest, I sometimes do that too. XD
      That’s so so true! I try to remember that whenever I’m worried about not liking a hyped book. It’s easy to get caught up in my own head and forget that no one is going to be upset if I don’t like a book??
      Aww, thank you very much! I’m excited to check out your blog as well.✨
      I LOVE ALL THOSE!

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  4. My biggest wonder (and something I’ve thought about writing a post about for a while) is what CAUSES a book to get hyped. Like, why Girls of Paper and Fire? It got really mixed reviews pre-release, but everyone was still going on and on about it anyway. It’s something I would be very interested to look further into, but alas I jut don’t have the time.

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  5. I enjoy most hyped books, though there are a few that just aren’t my cup of tea. I always feel a bit more nervous posting less than positive reviews because they seem so well-loved. But I also think honesty is important, so it’s a balance of not bashing a hyped book but also sharing that I didn’t really enjoy it.

    That said, I’ve discovered SO MANY books just because of hype, so I’m very thankful for hype in the bookish community.

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  6. “…the biggest negative to hyped books is the pressure to read and love them”
    SO IT’S NOT JUST ME????? This is a huge problem I’ve been faced with since joining bookstagram and getting more into different blogs. Some of the books I’ve gotten because people make them sound so absolutely fabulous haven’t been…”the best”? It’s not like they aren’t good, they just aren’t the PERFECT MUST-READ that all the hype made them out to be. And then, when I don’t care much for the book after reading it I feel bad, because I mean…all these other people liked it, right? Sooo, am I just finding fault where there is none? Who knows. It seems my opinions on a good book differ quite a bit from the norm.
    So yeah, I’ve learned that just because a bunch of people are raving over a certain book, does not mean it’s the best book of all time XD

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    • IT’S NOT JUST YOU. Aww, I’m sorry you’ve been facing this problem, but just know you’re not alone.💓It’s so hard when you don’t love a book as much as everyone else (which is completely normal, since we all have different tastes) but you just don’t know WHY, or you wish you had liked it because a lot of other people did, too.
      That’s such a valid statement and is a lesson that I feel like we all have to learn at some point! (Or else the hyped books would overtake us.)

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  7. I’ve loved some hyped books, actually quite a lot but I agree there are some.not-so-great ones. It kinda bugs me though when someone says they won’t read a book or watch a movie just because it’s hyped and they haven’t even read the description. In other words trying to be different but just being a hater. Like there are people who don’t read Harry Potter simply because it’s Harry Potter and not because they don’t like the plot. (They’re missing out cuz it’s Harry Potter).
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    • I’m glad you’ve found some hyped books that you loved! So have I, and it’s made me much more receptive to continue reading hyped books.🤗Okay, yes, I see what you mean about someone hating something without giving it a chance just because it’s popular- I see that happening a lot, not just with books, but also with music and movies and it annoys me too, haha! If a person doesn’t like something, then that’s different, but not even giving it a chance is a whole other thing. ://

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  8. Hahaha, when you said how you can feel stuck commenting “I haven’t read ___, but I really want to soon!” I did doubletake and was like, yep, definitely.
    Hm, I feel like there two different types of hyped books: there’s books that get hyped period (Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent), and then books that get hyped among people who read. For the first category, those usually aren’t the books I would choose to get hyped, but it’s cool because people who don’t normally read have maybe read those. For the second category, it’s also cool because people who read different genres will be hyping different books, and then a lot more books get hyped. (Wow, this is definitely the most I’ve used the word hype at once.)
    I think that some books I read are certainly because I saw them over and over in different places, but I don’t think that happens too much for me. More often I think it’s when I see specific people say something once and then I read it.
    Some really good hyped books I’ve read that I can think of off the top of my head: The Hate U Give. Ummm. Ahh I don’t know, will comment if I think of more.

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    • I literally comment that on probably at least 40-60% of the blog posts I read!
      Okay, YES, that is the perfect way to put it and I really never thought of it like that. I’m willing to bet people that haven’t read a book in the last two years still read Hunger Games and Divergent back in middle school, or at least know a lot about it just because it’s universally hyped up. The second kind of hype is my favorite because it’s more specific to people who read a lot and therefore have a lot more books to judge and see which ones are actually their favorites, if that makes sense.
      The Hate U Give is one of my favorites, too! I don’t know why I didn’t include it on this list, oops.

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  9. Most hyped books I think are super great, but then you run across that one book that really sucks and is all over your Instagram feed and every book blogger is talking about it. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. I try to read the oldest books on my TBR pile first, but usually I’m so excited about a book that I absolutly have to read it now. Daisy Jones and the six was a let down for me that I thought was overly hyped. I actually didn’t even finish it. Thanks for sharing this post. Its got a lot of people thinking and talking about it.

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    • That’s definitely true! I guess as readers that devour a lot of books, it’s a given that we’ll enjoy less than others.☺️ I actually haven’t heard of Daisy Jones and the Six, where have I been?? I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it. :// Thank you for your kind comment, Sara!

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  10. This is a really interesting discussion!! I do like hearing about hyped books as it is great to find new favourites and I’ve been lucky to like many of the hyped books I’ve read. And I do like talking to lots of people about it and fangirling like you said– it is a great thing to do!! 😂😂
    But I agree it can be hard to keep on top of all the hyped books– I’m constantly behind I’ve accepted it!! 😂 It can feel like a lot of pressure at time. I love that you said you are commenting on posts I need to read *said book* but I haven’t yet because that is me! 😂😂
    I think if you are interested in a hyped book you should read but I think you should be interested in the synopsis not just read it based on the fact it is hyped, like you said.
    Overall I like hyped books because I love the positive energy!! Great post!! 💕

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    • Thank you, Sophie!💖I have to agree, fangirling about hyped books with other people who have loved them just as much as you is such an awesome feeling and can make it worth reading a book.
      Haha, I’m glad you can relate, but also sorry that you can also feel behind on hyped reads?? There’s just an unlimited supply, and it seems like once I’m finally *kind* of caught up, there are way more books coming out that I haven’t even heard of.
      Definitely! Thank you so much for the sweet comment, friend.☺️

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  11. I love this post so much, Olivia! Hyped books are a double-edge of sword some times. On one hand, I LOVE hype, because it introduces me to so many wonderful books! I might not have given Six of Crows and The Cruel Prince a chance, if the book community wasn’t so excited about them. But, then again, there are so many books I adore that unfortunately don’t gain much attention. And, the pressure to read these hype books can feel so draining at times. I want to read all the books, but have a limited amount of time (and money lol) to do so. I don’t want to allow hype to have such a huge influence on my reading habits, but there’s no denying the fact that it does play a role. I have an awful FOMO mentality when it comes to reading, so this makes me cave into reading hyped books every so often.

    Anywho, you provide so much food for thought here! Thanks for sharing, Olivia! ❤ ❤

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    • Aww, thank you so much, Kelly! That means so much to me.❤️A double-edged sword truly is the best way to described hyped books, you’re so right! I know I never would have heard of or even read Six of Crows either, and it’s now one of my favorites. I’m with you on feeling the pressure to read certain books- which ends up affecting what I do read, and then I neglect other backlist books that I also want to read in lieu of reading a hyped book. It’s a struggle for sure.

      Thank you again! I really appreciate you reading and commenting.🤗

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  12. Hyped books certainly seems to be a topic of controversial opinion!
    I am a bit on the fence about it, I find that there are so many hyped books that I love, such as Simon vs, and that is because there is a lot of representation which is executed extremely well.
    On the other hand, I don’t really like some of the hyped books (I can’t think of all of them off the top of my head) but I find my expectations to be too high, and then I am disappointed.
    What an interesting post!
    -Emma 🙂

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    • They really can be! I definitely relate to being on the fence, but I think it’s normal and okay to not lean one way or another because, like you said, there truly are some great hyped books and then there also are some more disappointing ones. Simon Vs. is truly such a great read and I’m also glad it was hyped, because otherwise I might not have heard about it!
      Thank you so much, Emma! I really appreciate your comment.💘

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  13. Hype can be such a great thing I love falling in love with a book that so many people have read and loved! That way I always have someone to freak out with about the book. However, I am always really anxious about starting a book with a lot of hype in case I don’t like the books. This luckily doesn’t happen very often.
    Without the hype, I wouldn’t have read some of my favorite books or tried new genres or tropes that I wasn’t sure I would like. Books that have major hype tend to be easier to access as well so that is always a plus.
    Great post thanks for sharing!

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    • Everything you said here, I agree with! It’s the most amazing feeling ever to talk and obsess about a book with someone else, and hyped books definitely give us that opportunity. There are a lot of positives to reading hyped books for sure!
      Thank you so much, Arya! 💖

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  14. Definitely agree with everything you’ve mentioned! Sometimes I read a hype book just because I know there will be a ton of other people I can talk to about it, and that’s just the best thing in the world. Sometimes, though, I do end up thinking, “Maybe this isn’t as bad as I feel it is?” when I end up disliking a hyped book. It sucks to put up a review that I know a lot of people won’t agree with, but that’s just what opinions are, yeah? 😊 Thank you for this wonderful post! And Six of Crows and Simon Vs definitely deserve alllll the hype. I just finished Girls of Paper and Fire and was, unfortunately, very disappointed by it. 😅

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    • I really do feel the same way- when I don’t like a hyped book, I question my own opinion, which is definitely an odd thing to happen. You’re so right, though~ that’s what reviews and opinions are for, and we’ve all got different ones!☺️ I’m really sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Girls. I hope you get to read a book soon that lives up to all your expectations!! Thank you so much for reading and for your comment, Aimee. ❤

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  15. I definitely feel the pressure to read hyped books, especially as I have such a huge backlist. I’m still only just getting to books from 2017 due to that lovely year and a bit reading slump. So seeing so many new hyped books is only lengthening my tbr more and adding more pressure.
    I’m trying to narrow it down though and need to completely reshuffle my GoodReads tbr – adding the books I actually want to read and removing the ones that I don’t.
    I’m definitely still thankful for the hype though as without it, I wouldn’t have discovered some of my absolute favourite books. This Savage Song, Caraval, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Simon VS, The Night Circus etc have all been incredible & as I read them backlisted, I definitely wouldn’t have picked them up if it wasn’t for the hype!
    Loved this discussion! 🙂

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    • I’m so sorry that you’re feeling the pressure! I hope that you’re still getting to read some great books through it all. ❤
      That's a good idea! I need to do a clean out of my TBR, because it definitely has a lot of books on it that I added a long time ago and have lost interest in.
      I'm glad to hear that you have had positive experiences with the hype!! I loved a lot of the books you mentioned and I also read them because of the hype.
      Thank you so much, and thank you for taking the time to read my post!🤗

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  16. Olivia, this was *such* a great discussion and you broke it down so well!! I do agree that hype has its downsides, but honestly, most of the books I enjoy are hyped books, so I pick the books I add to my TBR largely based on hype. It does get to the point where I hype the book up too much though, and it just backfires on my reading experience! and yes, I love the point you made about hype bringing bloggers closer together, because it’s so true! also, ofc, I loved Six of Crows so much as well. I don’t know why but I didn’t fully love the other three :(( i think Evelyn Hugo was the case of expecting too much that I mentioned earlier, but I still enjoyed that book! I read Simon Vs and I remember not enjoying it but i read it wayyyy back when my reading taste was much more different, and I honestly don’t remember much that happens in the book so I should definitely reread it! And as for GOPAF, it just didn’t really work for me because of personal preferences, but I’m so so excited for GOSAS!

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    • Thank you very, very much, my friend.💛☺️ I do the same with my TBR, so even though I don’t really love hype, I don’t exactly know what I’d be reading without it. Hype can definitely be damaging to a reading experience, because it’s often better to go in not knowing anything or with lower expectations so that you love the book even more?? Ahh, if you get the chance, you should reread Simon Vs.!! I actually didn’t *love* it the first time (I really liked it, but I wouldn’t say it would be on my faves list) but the second time I utterly fell in love with it. Sorry to hear about GOPAF for you, but I hope GOSAS is a much better experience! Thank you for the kind comment, Caitlin.

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  17. I love this post Olivia! I think that it’s good that some books are hyped…I would have never read some of my favorites like Harry Potter, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and many other reads that get a lot of attention. However, it can be annoying to hear about the same book/series all the time. This was an awesome discussion post!

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    • Thanks so much, Katie!💘That’s really awesome that you’ve been able to discover a lot of your all-time favorites through the hype. *claps for that* I do agree that hype can be really repetitive, to the point that I’ll read a book just because of seeing it so much that I finally decide it must be good. Thanks again!

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  18. I find the concept of hyped books so fascinating because I can’t tell how much of it is manufactured and how much of it is genuine, plus I feel like a lot of books get way overhyped. And you make a good point that a lot of books that deserve more hype don’t get it. But I agree that I’ve found a lot of good books that way (like Six of Crows!), and they definitely help cultivate a sense of community.

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    • That’s such a great insight! Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell the origins of hype or how it gets started. You’re so right about hype cultivating community- it’s awesome when a lot of people can read and obsess over the same book together. Thank you for your comment, Dani!

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  19. Agh, I love this post SO SO much, Olivia!! I honestly agree with everything you said here. I think hype can be really great (especially for diverse books, as you said) because it’s great promotion for books and gets them onto readers’ radars! I know I for sure have a lot of favorites that are hyped, and who knows if I would have read them if I hadn’t heard so much praise about them. I don’t think I would have ever read Victoria Schwab’s books if not for the hype, and she’s now one of my favorite authors!

    But like you, I’m also sad that hype means that some books go unnoticed, or even uncared for, because all the hype is for, well, the hyped books lmao! It makes me sad that I might review a lesser-known book, and it would get less interaction because people just don’t care about it as much as a more hyped book. And it also makes me sad when my rec posts are full of hyped ones and not a lot of lesser-known ones, because while I loved my hyped favorites, I really want to boost lesser-known faves as well!

    Okay, this comment is already terrifyingly large, so I’m just going to stop there, but, if you couldn’t tell, I absolutely adored this post and you wrote it so well 💖💖

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    • Thank you so, so much May, ahhh!💘I definitely do agree that hype is awesome for promoting new books and making sure they find their way onto our TBRs. Also, I really need to read some of Victoria Schwab’s books!! I haven’t read any but I always hear about them. What do you recommend starting with?

      Yess, for sure. :// Ahh, the part about reviews is so true- a lot of times people comment on reviews to say how they want to read *insert book*, but when no one knows the book then they don’t comment?? Which in turn means I don’t talk about unhyped books as much, and then people don’t hear about them, and the cycle continues.

      Thank you again! I really appreciate your comment and it was lovely, not terrifying. 😉

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  20. Oh, I definitely do see a lot of positives for hyped books– I feel like there are a lot of books that were majorly hyped that I’ve actually ended up enjoying, but I think that a lot of my all-time favorites weren’t always completely hyped. (By the way, I’ve read almost all of the books you recommended, just not Evelyn Hugo!!! Which I definitely feel a pressure to read, lol.)

    A lot of the time, I think I’m more compelled to read a book if one of my friends/close friends read it and really loved it, rather than hype from Other Big Bloggers/Booktubers?? But if I’m given an opportunity to review one of those Hyped books, I would usually jump at it even if it’s not… something I was fully interested in before. (I don’t know what I’m saying lmao)

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    • I relate to that so much!! I have a fairly even mix of hyped and not hyped favorite books, and I’m okay with that. (Eek, I’m sorry you’re feeling the pressure to read Evelyn Hugo! That right there is my least favorite part about hype.)

      No, that makes complete sense!! A lot of the time I’m the same way and I’m more likely to read *insert book* if a blogger loves it and I know we have similar reading tastes and have liked the same books in the past. Thank you for your comment, Ju!❤️

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  21. honestly, i feel like i’m mostly getting the negatives of the hype lately. i have read quite a few super hyped books recently and i didn’t have an enjoyable experience with any of them. i think mostly, when books are hyped, i just tend to grow quite unrealistic expectations for them. since everyone is talking about how good it is, then i expect not only to be a five star book, but to completely blow my mind and take me to a different planet or something, which is really unrealistic and sort of unfair towards the book & author as well, since, perhaps, in a different scenario, i’d have been much more likely to enjoy it.
    however, i totally agree with the way you put it – hype is a great way to get to know different authors and books in general. i think i wouldn’t have picked up the hate u give, by angie thomas, if it wasn’t so incredibly loved and it’s definitely a book i find worth the hype. plus, it taught me so much and it exposed me to a lot of different books with similar narratives by authors that i now love, such as angie thomas and jason reynolds.
    so, yeah, hype can definitely work or not, and i’m sort of bummed that recently i’ve been so unlucky with it 😦 hopefully, the next hyped titles i pick up will actually live up to my expectations!

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    • Aww, Lais, I’m really sorry to hear that! The expectations and pressure that come from hyping up a book is probably my least favorite part of the reading community, just because like you said, it can alter your reading experience and that’s never fun.
      Yes, I loved THUG too and I’m so happy that the hype led me to it! I definitely wouldn’t have discovered a ton of books I love if I didn’t hear about them from everyone.
      Here’s to hoping that hyped books take a turn for the better for you!! Sending you all the positive reading vibes. Thank you for the kind comment, Lais💛

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  22. Ahh what a interesting post, Olivia, I love it so much! ❤ I have a love-hate relationship with hype and I think you summed up perfectly how I feel about it in your post. On the one hand, I'm so, so grateful for it at times, because it made me read books I wouldn't have tried, it made me discover some new favorites and it made me, well, scream about these books with others and that makes me so, so happy. ❤
    On the other hand though, there's this endless pressure to read the hyped books to… well, be in the loop and be with what everyone's saying and to talk about the same books, because otherwise we feel… well, kind of left out? and obviously, the pressure to like them too, which completely stresses me out at times haha 🙂
    I love this post SO much! ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Marie! ❤
      Yes, of course, that's definitely such an upside to the hype. It's awesome to find new favorite books and it's especially awesome to fangirl about them!
      Agh, yes, the pressure is genuinely so real. I'm sorry you feel it, too. :((
      Thank you again, and thank you for the sweet comment! I hope you're having a lovely day☺️

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  23. Hyped books tend to scare me. I mean, what if I hate it? Will I be shunned from the community? (I mean, clearly not – I do rant about HPatCC a lot and no one has come after me yet…) But there is that weird voice in my head. And it’s even more stupid because the books I have read that are hyped I usually do love (and then I perpetuate the issue by hyping them more). But also most of the hype books that I love, I read before they were super hyped. I also like to try and support indie authors, so I try and read a variance of books too. So, there’s this weird balance of support, hyping, trying not to be worried and sharing my opinions that all get mixed up and sometimes it’s just so hard to read everything!!

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    • I get the feeling of being worried about hating a hyped book! (Though of course you would never be shunned from the community for it, although I definitely make up whole scenarios in my head.😂) Oh my gosh, I relate so much to that?? I always hype up hyped books and then realize I should be hyping up NOT hyped books but I love the hyped books so I want to add to the hype. It’s confusing. But like you, I also want to support non-hyped books because there are SO many amazing ones out there! It can be confusing and complicated, but you’re doing great. ❤ Happy reading!

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  24. can i just say that i LOVE your discussion posts? 10/10 content 👏

    there was a time that i got almost all my book recs from booktube (now i hardly watch it lol) and that was always hyped, famous books. i feel like you get WAY more widespread and diverse book recs on the blogosphere even if it’s comparatively less populated.

    i don’t much care about hyped books in general (unless it has the tropes i love) BUT i’m v annoyingly dependent on the gr avg rating??? like, i’d still read the book to get my opinion BUT if the book is really not loved on gr, I’d prolly avoid it. hyped books get a lot of mixed rating too (unless they’re like ~very good~)

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    • AWW, thank you so much, Nimika!! (can I just say that I LOVE your comments ((and you and your posts of course)) and they literally never fail to make my day??✨)

      That’s such a great observation! I’ve never gotten into booktube, I watch literally one booktuber but she also does non-book videos (Abigail’s Cup of Tea, she’s adorable and I recommend) so I didn’t realize that was occurring, but I’m really glad blogs give more diverse and underrated recs.🙌🏼

      Ahh, I never really look at ratings, oops?! I really should get more involved in Goodreads…hmm. That’s so interesting and thought provoking, though! Thank you for all the kind words <33

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  25. I have a weird relationship with hyped books. I’ve read quite a few hyped books, but I only pick up the ones that interest me, no matter how much hype they get. A book could have a 4.97 rating on Goodreads, with all my friends and favorite bloggers shrieking about how amazing it is, but if I’m not interested, I won’t pick up a book.

    I know that part of the purpose of hyping books is to get people to read said books, but I feel like I know my reading tastes well enough by now to know when I want to step out of my comfort zone, and when to just ignore the hype. I’ve reached this place by reading LOTS of hyped books, and finding what works for me. This means that I’ve disliked quite a few popular books. And it’s hard when I can’t find anyone who feels the same way as I do, because everyone just seems to love that book! At this point I’d rather not read a potentially good book, than be disappointed by a super hyped one.

    Great post!

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    • That’s such a great way to approach hyped books! Wow, I wish I could have the same mindset of only picking up books I’m absolutely interested in, because I think that would make a much better reading experience for me.🙈

      I strive to have my reading tastes as figured out as you do?? I know my taste, but I still end up reading books that aren’t for me, so I guess I haven’t perfected it yet. It’s so awesome that you know what you want to read and then you read it!

      Thank you so much, Malka, and thank you for your comment! ❤

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  26. I really love this post because I also have a love/hate relationship with hyped books. Honestly I’m glad that I wasn’t a part of the book blogging community when I read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone because I loved them because they were books that I wanted to read and loved without any outside influence. Now I am afraid to read King of Scars because I have it SO built up in my mind that I don’t want to be disappointed.

    The other thing is, YES I love The Cruel Prince series, but is Queen of Nothing THE BEST BOOK COMING OUT THIS YEAR? No. Not in my opinion. Yet, everyone seems to act like it is. I agree that there are so many other books out there that really deserve more attention.

    I just want to love books because I truly love them, without being influenced by everyone else’s opinions. But at the same exact time, I want to be in on the hype and I want to get all the lovely recommendations and know what good books will be coming out. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship with hyped books.

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    • Thank you! ❤ Ahh, that is awesome that you read Leigh Bardugo's books before you ever heard about all the hype surrounding them. I would never have read them without the book blogging community since I don't usually go for fantasy unless it's been specifically recommended to me!

      It can be frustrating to watch a lot of books get way less attention then they deserve and see the same books gets talked about over and over again. ://

      I feel you completely! That's how I feel too. It's a struggle, but I guess at the end of the day I do appreciate hearing about books people have loved and then reading them myself. Thank you for the lovely comment!

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      • I am a huge fantasy buff, so they were up my alley anyways. I read Six of Crows because my ex bought me a copy for my birthday RIGHT after it came out, and then I went back to read the other Grishaverse books.

        I love all the recommendations I get from the blogging community, but also try and make an effort to support indie authors or just the books that I LOVE that aren’t super hyped.

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  27. Ah sorry the comment isn’t over- I also think that sometimes I avoid hyped books?? Because I’m worried that they won’t live up to my expectations.
    Anyways, great post, I really enjoyed it!

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