Top 5 Tuesday // Top 5 Books That Didn’t Live up to the Hype

I’ve seen these posts before and I finally have a chance to participate! This is a tag by Bionic Book Worm

I don’t think I’ve done a full list of this particular topic before, but I know I’ve mentioned a few here and there on other posts. There will be some repeats, and some new ones that I’ve never mentioned.

I do want to add before I begin that my list is in now way shaming the authors or saying these are horrible stories. On the contrary, they are popular for a reason. You can’t please everybody, and we all have different tastes than the other; that’s what makes this community so wonderful.

Okay, enough chat. Here are my top 5 books that, in my opinion, did not live up to the hype.

1). Twilight (The Twilight Saga) by: Stephanie Meyer


I remember back when I wanted to read a good vampire book. I wasn’t really into Anne Rice, but someone said this series was terrific. I read the first book…and part of the second book and just said, ‘yeah, no.’ So many things bothered me about this series. Belle worked my nerves. Her whole world suddenly just evolved around Edward and the reason I stopped reading the second book was because she was so depressed about losing him. And to top that, she would put herself in dangerous situations just to hear his voice. I just couldn’t go through that. Too depressing.

I did watch the first movie thinking that maybe I would like the movie better. That wasn’t the case, however. Couldn’t get through Bella’s constant need to be with Edward when, to me, he’s just mean and creepy. Not for me.

2). A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series) by: Sarah J. Maas


I have mentioned this series before. I did read all of the first and second book, but I couldn’t bring myself to read the third. The first one wasn’t that bad, but I couldn’t get into the excitement of it like I saw on my Instagram. I didn’t care for Feyre at all, although I felt bad for her in the beginning of the second book, I just couldn’t like her. Don’t get me wrong, she was a bit of a bad ass, but the story itself, to me, wasn’t worth getting through the third book.

The second book dragged on so badly. I almost fell asleep a few times listening to the second book because some parts were just lagging. I’m sorry, I wanted to get into the hype for this series, but I missed that train…intentionally.

3). Caraval (Caraval Series) by: Stephanie Garber


This book was on my TBR list for a long time and I finally picked a time to read it because the second book was going to be released soon. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad story. I loved the details and the whole Caraval experience, but the ending ruined it for me. Scarlet let her sister off WAY TOO easily and honestly, the story wasn’t that so good that I wanted to read the second one. I haven’t read it, and I don’t see myself reading it anytime soon. It wasn’t a bad story, but I don’t agree with the hype it received nor do I agree with the ending.

4). The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins


I was actually excited to read this book and get away from the YA genre for the moment. I saw this book everywhere and I couldn’t wait to start it. I’m not saying this was a terrible story, because it wasn’t. It was just downright…depressing. I had the the most difficult time trying to like Rachel whose husband left her for another woman, but when she is telling her part of the story, most of the time the phrase ‘I need a drink’ used a lot. She gets drunk…a lot. The story was different from what I normally read and it wasn’t bad, but I won’t read it again. I can’t just sit through that kind of depressing state.

5). Me Before You (Me Before You # 1) by: Jojo Moyers


Last and certainly not least…I never read the second book and never went to see the movie. I was just…not impressed with this story. I know being a quadriplegic is insufferable for people and I can see some reasons of the Will’s rudeness. It’s been so long since I’ve read this book but I know that I didn’t care for Louisa in the beginning. She started to warm up on me, but toward the end…I just couldn’t see why this book was so popular. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but others loved it.

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday // Top 5 Books That Didn’t Live up to the Hype

  1. Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday! It makes me SO happy to see Me Before You make your list. I totally forgot to add it to my own! I didn’t connect with it even close to the way I expected to. People said they were emotionally ruined and I didn’t even get a runny nose lol!

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  2. I really loved Me Before You, but I really didn’t know what I was reading before I went into it. Definitely not for everyone.

    Twilight is on my list as well. Just, no.

    The Girl on the Train was … okay. I don’t recall a lot of hype about it, but it was sort of a random book. It was certainly not the next “Gone Girl” as it was billed.

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    1. Oh I agree! I hadn’t finished Gone Girl, but I know that Girl on a Train was not going to be that kind of book. I say hype cause at the time I saw this book everywhere. So maybe it wasn’t as hyped as the others I listed.


  3. I loved ACOTAR and me Before You even if I can understand your arguments there. Don’t fear though I featured more than 5 so who am I to judge right?

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  4. I listened to the Me Before You audiobook, and I really didn’t like the representation of disability within the book. I think the reader was supposed to pity Will just for being disabled, which isn’t a very positive image.

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    1. I listened to the audiobook. I think that was one of the reasons that I couldn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t like Louise and if we were supposed to feel sorry for Will, the author did a poor job of it. I didn’t like the ending, but that’s just me, but yeah for the most part…I didn’t enjoy it.


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