Discussion # 19: I Hate To Break It To You But…….

Posted October 5, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Discussion / 43 Comments


Okay…so hyped up books and I have a love hate relationship. There, I said it and don’t care what anyone says about it. (I totally kid, you guys scare me, I want you to love me, and I don’t want you to have horrendous, evil (though clever) thoughts in your twisted little minds about me.) 

It’s like, most of the time I want to devour a book that EVERYONE AND I DO MEAN EVERYONE has loved. But sometimes, I give a book the side look and my finger inches away from the ‘purchase’ button because I don’t know…what if I’m the black sheep? WHAT IF I’m that one giant walrus in the throng of millions of baby midget unicorns? (I’m also poor and refuse to ask my parents for money so pfft, yeah there’s that too sometimes)


My mind is irrational and uncooperative at times: (all the time. pfft.)

  1. I really want to read this book. SO MUCH YO. Especially since *insert name of awesome, amazing, epical blogger here* LOVED it therefore I shall love it. But then…what if I don’t?
  2. Everyone and their grandma’s fat cat who just gave birth to a swarm of crawling kittens is reading/tweeting about it.
  3. But THAT PRICE THOUGH….I’m not about to pay THAT much for a book that’s like pfft…five point two pages.
  4. Again, I would like to reiterate the fact that EVERYONE IS TWEETING ABOUT IT AND I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO ALL FANGIRL-LIKE.

It’s super weird because I’m the same way about hyped up songs. The world is OBSESSED with it and the radio takes it as a personal challenge to see how many times they can play it in one hour.                                                                    

                       Just to name a few of le songs:


My reaction:…………………..Really though?

At the end of the day I think they’re just making it easier for me not to like it, in my opinion. It’s not like I don’t want to like it but don’t stuff it in my face and be all like: LISTEN TO THIS. YOU LISTEN RIGHT NOW.

My point is, even though I REALLY want to read a hyped up book there are a variety of factors that kind of scare me off.



                             Over to you:

Had this ever happened to you guys? Ever NOT wanted to read a hyped up book because you didn’t want to be disappointed? Which hyped up book have you STILL not read? Not to worry though, there shall be no judgement here whatsoever. Nope. Nope. Nope. Ohhh, and what SONGS do you think are overplayed?

                                                                        Don’t forget to be awesome!



43 responses to “Discussion # 19: I Hate To Break It To You But…….

  1. I feel the same way about hyped up books and series. I am always apprehensive to start them, especially because what if I’m the crazy one and hate it? Then what?

    • I ALWAYS feel that way girl! I would be that one that doesn’t care for a book that everyone seemed to love and then I’ll feel like…the outcast, you know? The struggle Ali, the struggle.

  2. As a matter of fact, yes. You know this!! LOL! I was prepared to go on with my life and not read The Selection Trilogy, but you made me. You made me get caught up in that mayhem!! BTW, I’m almost done with The One and I posted a double review for the first two this morning. Okay, all joking aside, I’m glad that I read it. There are some really bad hyped up books out there though. So, it’s hard to steer clear of them sometimes. I have read too many hyped books to count this year alone, so I can’t really say anything. I feel you though. Some of it is annoying as heck. Every time you get on any social media, there someone is pimping a book. I get it, ppl want you to love it as much as they do.

    • And I’m SO GLAD you finally got to read it and LOVE it just as much as I do! <3 I had a feeling you would 🙂 I'm totally jealous at your fast ability to read so dang fast! And YES, there are some bad hyped up books out there which is why I always approach them with wariness giving them the side eye. 😉

  3. Olivia-Savannah

    Oh, I have felt like this plenty of times over! I am always a bit worried about reading hyped books. Sure, some of them disappoint, and some of them don’t but the best thing to remember is that in the end they are just books! What turns me off most of all usually is the price because MONEY. I rarely ever buy new or hyped releases but wait till the hype and demand dies down (like a year or two… I know xD) and then it is cheaper and I am usually happier reading it then as well 😛

    • I SO AGREE WITH YOU GIRL! The price of some of these hyped up books today SHOCK THE CRAP out of me! Eight dollars? EIGHT FREAKING DOLLARS?? I have a Kindle and STILL have to pay this price even though it’s supposed to be “cheaper” since it’s an e-book? HECK NAH.

  4. oh god… I have a personal dislike for it now unfortunately because I got burned on this 2/3 times. Honestly, it makes me feel so odd for not loving the book you know? Like last year and I don’t know, you might be one of the people who have read it and if you are sorry 😛 but The Winner’s Curse. I practically danced when I snatched a copy of netgalley because everyone loved it and to me it was like…meh.. writing a review on it was a pain because of it, since everyone and their mother that I knew loved it x.x

    • Oh, believe me Lily, I have been burned many times before! I’ve never tried The Winner’s Curse before (and it’s actually on my TBR shelf, so you’re scaring me here) teehee but I totally know what you’re talking about. We go into a book excited and based on what other people think and say about it, and then when it doesn’t turn out the way we want and we don’t care for it, we feel all bad. I TOTALLY AGREE GIRL. So don’t feel bad. 😉 <3

  5. Sophia Rose

    I have been a reader for four decades and within that time I’ve seen a lot of books loved and hated by the crowd. I have always walked to the beat of my own drum when it comes to books and not b/c I was better at choosing or b/c I was the worst at choosing. Mostly, it was because of taste- pure and simple. I like what I like and b/c I love books, I wasn’t compromising this to please others (back in the day, it was actually uncool to be caught reading for pleasure at all). If it looked good- blurb, cover, description by others, then I picked it up. If it didn’t appeal, I politely passed on it. Sometimes this means I was in sync with the crowd and loved the same book. Sometimes its means that I barely noticed a book that others were raving about and then shook my head b/c I really couldn’t see the appeal even when they gushed on it. 😉

    FYI- If you ever don’t see the appeal in a book that I am flat out giddy over, I will not hate you or even be mildly irritated. I respect the difference in people’s tastes. I won’t even be mad if you rant and DNF it. Haha! It’s your money spent and your time spent reading so you’re allowed to have your own opinion.

    Fun topic, thanks!

    • I KNOW how much you love to read Sophia! You inspire me so with the speed in which you whizz through books! (I’m jealousing over here right now) 😉 And you’re TOTALLY CORRECT! We shouldn’t worry about what others have to say or what others think if we like/DNF/or even hated a book that others LURVED. So I’ll start thinking about this if this happens to me again (which…we know it will) 😉

      P.S. Thank you for not hating me. Teehee

  6. Oh I definitely understand this!! Especially for Red Queen!!! I feel like the hype is a bit exaggerated for that book. I keep hearing how the book is still on the bestseller list and I don’t know. I haven’t read it but I feel like the plot/dystopian world isn’t very original. I was once actually excited for it. But now it’s gone down. I also keep thinking how a hyped book has received nothing but good things. You’d think that would make you buy it. But nooo. I think “what if I’m the 1% that doesn’t like it?” Someone’s bound to dislike it at some point.

    • Oh yes Karina, Red Queen definitely has a lot of hype around for it (and because of that I’ve yet to read it) So I totally see what you’re saying girl! Dystopian books, I’ve noticed, is getting less original, using a bunch of already used ideas from other books already done. So I DEF feel your pain girl! But then what if you’re the one out of the million and one people that love it? What if you don’t like it? But it’s important not to feel that way, because like you said, someone is bound to dislike it (or love it) So, it’s perfectly fine to feel like the black sheep. <3

  7. Ugh yes!! I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Was so excited – everyone loved it and I was all eh. A time when it worked was Red Queen. I was scared and put it off but I really enjoyed it. I am still putting off anything by Sarah J Maas because of hype. Great post!

    • I’ve never read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Grace (but the title kind of scares me??) Teehee And YES girl, Red Queen kind of puts me off as well even though it’s on my TBR list. I’m kind of procrastinating to read it.. so….

  8. Oh I feel you 100%! I’m always the Black Sheep when it comes to hyped up books. People are like, “A MILLION STARS. MUST READ. I’M STALKING THE AUTHOR ACTIVELY.” So clearly I believe them, because why wouldn’t I? I’ve finally learned that my blogger friends and I don’t always share the same interests. On GoodReads my lonely 2 star review will be surrounded by 5 star reviews, but I just find it amusing now!

    If a book gets too big (Like Throne of Glass) my hipster will come out and refuse to read it. Based on principle.

    • Yeah Amber, I’ve become sort of wary when it comes to five star review because what if they liked it and I’m the one that doesn’t, I feel bad but now since everyone is telling me not to, I won’t. (At least I’ll try not to. 😉 And would you know that Throne of Glass is on my next TBR so I hope it actually lives up to the hype. <3

  9. I totally get it, sometimes I want to read a book, but at the same time am afraid it will be disapointing as I have such high expectations because of all the hype. A book where I had this issue was Burying Water, I heard so many good things about, but was still afraid I wouldn’t like it as it got hyped up a lot and in the end I read it and really enjoyed it.
    I also have read some books because everyone loved it or someone recommended it to me and then I didn’t like it and I hate that feeling. I know not everyone can love the same book, but it’s still sad when you don’t like a book you wanted to like.

    • I think I’ve heard of Burying Water and if it’s the one that I’m thinking of, i know there was a lot of hype around it. I’m really wary about books like that but I feel compelled to read it to see what everyone is talking about. I so see what you mean Lola! <3

  10. YES! Hyped up books scare the HELL out of me!!! It usually takes me years – if not months – to finally get up the courage to read a popular book. Seriously, I didn’t read The Fault in Our Stars until 2015. 😛

    • I still have yet to read so many hyped up books girl, like Red queen, Six of Crows, and bunch of others and don’t even feel bad girl because (I’ve never read Fault in Our Stars before) and I don’t think I will because I haven’t heard great things about the ending and KEIONDA NEEDS a happy ending. 😉

  11. Oh, this happens to me a lot of times. So many books are so hyped that I get wary, especially since I’ve crashed and burned too many times. Other times, I give in. So I tried AN EMBER IN THE ASHES only to feel so meh about it (plus that pseudo rape scene made me want to RAAAAGE). The 5th Wave made me so disappointed that I could feel the anger vibrating off me. >_< I've learned to be much more cautious now… :/

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • You didn’t like An Ember in the Ashes? YES, I KNOW there’s a lot of hype about it which makes me scared to read it. I don’t want to feel meh about it either. HOLY CRAP, a rape scene?? *Shudders* The 5th Wave I have yet to read too and I know I would def feel ragey if it wasn’t going how I want!

  12. Unless I’m already massively into a book/series/author I usually stay clear for a little bit. Waiting until all the hype dies down a bit usually helps for me to decide whether I want to read it or not. Recommendations from certain bloggers/booktubers can sway me though…

    • I KNOWWWWW Karen, every SINGLE time I watch a booktube, I feel swayed enough to want to actually read it and cross my fingers that I’m not all disappointed and stuff, you know?

  13. I tend to read the Sample before I purchase the book to see if I like the style, no matter who recommends it. Also, I try to get books on sale unless I desperately want it. I do sit back after a while and go, damn it! Wished I jumped on this series earlier, then I devour them all together!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    • I DO THIS TOO Naomi! We HAVE to know what it is we’re getting into before we spend our money and buy the entire book. (Because some books aren’t cheap these days, you know? And I always RAGE when I find a book that’s 8 freaking dollars! But that’s a rant for another day. 😉

  14. All. The. Bloody. Time.
    I either try to read a book before it becomes all hyped up, or months and months later. The most recent couple for me was Magnus Chase, which I was lucky to have read an ARC of BEFORE the hype and of course Illuminae. I didn’t want to read it as soon as it arrived, but the hype was just getting too much so took the plunge and for the very few times, it surpassed the hype for me. It’s hard when you’re a reader who’s dying for a book to be released and the earlier reviews are all telling you how awesome it is, and you’re reading it and being like WTF are they talking about 😀

    • Ohhh, I KNOW full well how much you LURVED Illuminae and and Magnus Chase (and you always make me want to drop what I’m doing and buy the book, like right then!) That’s a smart idea to find a book and get to it before all the hype surrounds it, that way you don’t have to worry about swaying opinions. That way you can also form your own thoughts. <3

  15. ALL THE TIME! Hype, especially when everyone loves it and there are no ratings below 4 stars just makes me so wary. What if I’m the black sheep? What if I don’t love it as much as everything else? Hype makes my expectations sky high and sometimes that’s not fair going into a book.

    • WHAT IF I’M THE BLACK SHEEP? EXACTLY! I agree! That facts makes me afraid and wary about getting books that have five and even four stars. But like someone told me, SOMEONE has to dislike the book one day and if that’s one of us… well, it is what it is I guess. 😉

  16. Boo why are you so damn funny lol. I’m the same way, partially. With me as far as hype books go, I can pretty much spot a title that I’m not going to like from a mile away. For instance, so many people LOVED Throne of Glass. People were saying it was the best book ever, and while I read it, liked it, but didn’t love it, I was still like, BITCH WHERE???? The same with Lola and The Boy Next Door. That book was so hyped, and when I read it, I was so disappointed because I had extremely high expectations. Now when reading a book no matter who really enjoyed it, I go in with no expectations at all.

    • *Blushes* I’m glad you think so but believe it or not, in real life, I’m socially awkward as it comes so… bahaha and I ALWAYS love to visit your blog because you NEVER fail to put a smile on my face. 😉 And that’s kind of hard to do– to make me smile, I mean. <3 And you’re like… the FIRST person that hasn’t cared for Throne of Glass. It’s second on my TBR list so I’m going in with a positive mind and trying not to let other thoughts and opinions sway me too much. 😉

    • Yeah? That’s actually a good idea! (And it really makes me want to go to the library RIGHT NOW and demand they find me a good book full of romance, drama, and all that good stuff in between and I’ll be one happy camper. (Okay, okay, so maybe I won’t DEMAND IT… Well not too much. 😉

  17. Oh yes, there has been quite a few times where I have not liked a hyped up book so now I am scared of even reading them in the first place. I usually wait until they have been out a year then read them, so the hype has died down. My hype book I have yet to read is Harry Potter.

    • OHHH WELL YOU MUST get on Harry Potter then Jenn! Have you watched the movies yet? (I’m sure you have) but if you haven’t girllllll, you are MISSING OUTTT! <3

  18. I have this thing with hyped books as well. You know Dangerous Girls? Everyone I saw was giving it 4 and 5 stars and told me it’s SO AWESOME I HAD TO READ IT. I read it. I hated it. Boring, predictable, all the characters were horrible people. Ugh. And ever since then, when someone says ‘YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!’ I’m all ‘yeah…no…I’ll just…read something else.’

    I’m still reading popular books, but I read them much, much later now. When all the hype has gone and people are talking about some amazing other book 😛

    • BAHAHA “Yeah… I’ll just read something else.” I LOVE THIS! Because it’s so true and that’s exactly my reaction because I’m just like, nah, I pass. I’ve heard of Dangerous Girls (and like you, scared to read it) and since you say you didn’t like it, that just puts it way farther down on my TBR shelf. (tank you for the warning chica!) <3

  19. rebelliouscupid

    Prolly that new Stephenie Meyer book. Getting crazy hype but I don’t know if i’m goina check it out.

    • You’re actually the first person that has mentioned the new Stephanie Meyer book! I don’t know why people dislike Twilight so much. It was one of the very first books that introduced me to my love of YA and I don’t have anything against the movies either, even the acting was cool. But idk, maybe I’m just the black sheep here?

  20. Yes! I hate it when the hype ruins a book for me. I try to wait until the hype dies down and then go into it with an open mind, but sometimes it’s impossible to do either of those things. Sometimes I’m too impatient to wait and sometimes even if I try to stay open minded, the hype has gotten to my subconscious and there’s nothing I can do!

    • Sometimes the hype does kill the book for me because read the reviews and that kinda influences my thoughts, either swaying it in one direction or the other. Maybe I just need to quit being so…swayed? teehee idk And like you, I’m too impatient to wait and just want to read it before anyone else puts their input in but it never works like that…