It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.
I think this week’s topic is particularly interesting: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read
When I was thinking about which books to add to this list, these questions needed to be answered:
1. Hyped by who? I checked out favourites and 5 star books from various fellow book lovers’ blogs and Goodreads accounts. Some of these books keep cropping up again and again. So I paid attention.
2. What kind of hype? I am not looking just for latest and greatest but for titles that speak to me. Personal recommendations are always my favourite kind of hype.
2. Never read and so . . . ? And so, do I plan to one day read these titles? Yes! I chose books that I want to one day read. There are some popular books out there that I would never want to read for various personal preference reasons. These ten titles here are books that will hopefully one day migrate from the land of To Read to the land of Read.
Listed alphabetically by author:
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I had coffee with a friend a few weeks ago and she convinced me that this was a must read and then I saw Andrew Smith’s comment on the cover. And then I started hearing about this book everywhere.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
22 of my Goodreads friends rated this book 5/5. I love this author. Why haven’t I read this book? This question weighs so heavily that I just requested it from the public library.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I will admit to being a little bit of a chicken when it comes to paranormal stories. I am not sure if I have yet recovered from Libba Bray‘s The Diviners but I had a chance to hear Holly Black here in Vancouver and found her charming. I have read Doll Bones three times. Feeling brave enough to try this one. Having a beautifully signed copy makes this title all the more enticing.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
See that 25 year anniversary sticker? Makes it even more ridiculous that I haven’t yet read this book. This is the book I keep hearing favourite authors talk about as influential.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Dessen is another YA author I have not read. My almost 13 year old daughter is moving fast and furious into the land of YA – I think I need to run out a little ahead of her and learn about some authors I have yet to pick up that she will likely be drawn to. Have seen lots of love for this title.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
This book has been read in my house in the long ago time when both my husband and I read novels to our children (now it is just me) and I missed it. It’s a book that I absolutely want to read. Because I am convinced that DiCamillo can do no wrong. So often I hear from DiCamillo fans that this is a favourite.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
So many reader choice awards. So many of my reading PLN rave about this book. And (ahem) I have not read any Gayle Forman titles. Admitting it is the first step to changing it, yes?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Yes, Patrick Ness. And no, I haven’t read it. That must change.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I have read and loved two titles by Quick – this one has the movie hype so I figure it is time to read it! I even own a copy.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith