A weekly meme created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, now hosted by the amazing Meeghan at Meeghan reads.

Today we are taking a look at the hyped books I’m not going to read. Wow, this will be brutal. Mostly because I’ve had several hyped books listed on my Popsugar challenges throughout the years and I know I’m not going to read those but yet I still put them in there thinking “maybe I’ll actually read it now then”. So, I guess I will be calling myself out today.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I’m not sure if this counts as a hyped book anymore but it was back in the days at least. I remember seeing it on pretty much every single booktuber’s videos I watched back then. And there it is, listed as one of the books to complete a prompt. I was not interested in it back in the days and I still am not. I honestly don’t even know what this is about…

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
So, if you follow my bookstagram, you know I had this in my hands a while ago. I got it from our library just because it was available and I thought I’d try and see if I’d actually read it. But let’s be honest here. There was SO MUCH hype going on about this book before it was even published that it ate a lot of my desire to read it. Especially when I heard many say “this is such and incredible book, you should definitely read it, I will too!!” and I’m just sitting here trying to figure out how you know it’s an incredible book if it’s not out yet and you don’t have a ARC for it? Anyway, I didn’t end up reading it at all. And I honestly I don’t really have any interest in reading it. I’m sure it is a great book! But I’m pretty sure it isn’t a book for me.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Okay, after so many years telling myself that I will read it this year, I think it’s finally time to admit to myself that I. Am. Not. Going. To. Read. It. I’ve had this listed as a prompt book pretty much every year. Have I read it? No. Have I bought it? No. Borrowed? No. The Handmaid’s Tale has been in my hands probably more often that any other book ever. I’ve held it at bookstores every time I go into one. I’ve held it at our library every damn time I’m in there. Do I take it? Never. Never even once have I took this home with me. So Hanna, I think it is finally time to take it of your lists and admit that you are not really interested in reading it. I’m sorry.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Same thing with this book as with The Queen of the Tearling. I cannot remember what this is about, it fitted some prompt somewhere, so I listed it. Knowing very well I’m not actually interested. It is still hanging out on my TBR list though, I think it has made some friends and just wants to stay and hang out with them.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I have never had any interest to read the Poet X, ever. Poetry is not my thing, and I think that would just make me not like the book. Yes, I love Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur but that is mainly because I relate to that so freaking much it’s not even funny. I cried when I read that.
But I don’t know if that would be the case with Poet X. So I’m just not going to read it. Even though it does sometimes call to me now that I’ve read her other book and loved it but no, I’m sticking with my decision.

This list made me feel bad a little bit actually! I know these must be some awesome books because they are or have been surrounded with so much hype. Is there something wrong in my head for not caring enough to read them? Well, not every single book is for everyone, right?

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  1. I agree with you about poetry!! You either enjoy it, or you know it’s not for you.
    I’m also low-key enjoying seeing how many other lists The Handmaid’s Tale is on… because if no one is reading it, how is it so hyped?!! Great list!! 💕

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