My Relationship with Popular Books


I’m the little nerdy girl with glasses in a sea of popular, well-loved and beautiful hyped books.

Hyped books are like the cool kids in high school: flawless and well-loved. Everyone looks up to them, everyone wants them on their shelves, everyone likes them. You can all agree when I also say that popular books have the most gorgeous covers ever.

However, I feel like I’m that one person in this high school of popular books who doesn’t like most of them. The first popular book that I’ve read and didn’t like was Anna and the French Kiss. I read it in early 2013 and it was not that hyped then like it is now so I wasn’t that disappointed because I wasn’t expecting anything from it. When I joined the bookstagram community on Instagram last August I was surprised that everyone loves it except me. Overall, I think the book was pretty okay but I didn’t expect it to get a lot of attention.


See what I meant about popular books getting all the gorgeous covers? I’ve read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before last summer again, I wasn’t expecting anything from it. But I wasn’t that connected with the main character Lara Jean and I was not okay with her going after her sister’s ex-boyfriend it’s just unacceptable *cringe*. Peter made me swoon though. There are cute scenes but I was surprised when I also found out that everyone is loving this book. I though it’s an okay read and my reading life would be okay without having read it.

Last year I also read the Mara Dyer trilogy and I was so disappointed with it. The plot sound really interesting, the series has creepy but gorgeous covers, the title caught my attention and everyone is in love with the trilogy so I decided to start it before the third book comes out. The beginning of the first book is creepy and I’m into creepy books so I finished it though I didn’t like Noah Shaw. Yeah, you heard that right: I didn’t like Noah Shaw. He is just too perfect and I don’t like male main characters perfect, I want them to be realistic. That being said, I want characters with flaws. I began the second book with the hope that it will get better. Nope. But I still read the third book because I had so much faith with the story. I may not like the whole trilogy but I like Mara Dyer she’s a real badass but I didn’t like her in the third book. The other characters are pretty amazing though. I didn’t regret reading this trilogy though (okay, a little) because it made me realize that I’m not liking the popular books like other people.


The series I’m thinking of not finishing is the Lux series by JLA. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t like the books and I stopped at book two. I just don’t want to invest in a series I probably won’t like in the end. I don’t want to make the same mistake I did with the Mara Dyer trilogy. I’m thinking of just googling the end of this series. But I think the main reason why I didn’t like the first two books is because I’m not into NA that much in general.

But of course I’ve read other popular books that I’ve loved like The Hunger Games, The DUFF and The Selection trilogy.

I have other popular books that I didn’t like in my list but now I’m that I’ve completely realized I’m not into hyped books I’m hesitant about starting some well-loved series and stand-alones. I’m not sure whether the Throne of Glass series is for me because what if I won’t like it? I just wasted my time reading it. I want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door even though I didn’t like Anna and the French Kiss because I’m into boys next door lol.

In the end though I think that I shouldn’t judge the book without having read it just because it’s popular (that’s pretty ironic, isn’t it?). So I’ll still try to put some popular books on my tbr this year.

What popular/hyped books you though you would like but didn’t? What popular/hyped books will you suggest that I read now?

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9 thoughts on “My Relationship with Popular Books

  1. You’re definitely not alone, Angel! I’ve read many hyped books over the past 2 years I have been blogging and 8 times out of 10, they were massive disappointments… The 5th Wave, The Ember in the Ashes… I’m not even planning to read Anna and the French Kiss (because of the cheating) and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (author subtweeted about my not liking a book of hers in a rude tweet). I oftentimes prefer the underrated ones.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    • Good to know that I’m not alone haha! Sometimes I get a little sad over the fact that I didn’t like a certain popular book. I’m a little wary of reading The 5th Wave and I’m totally not okay with the cheating in Anna.


  2. I read the Twilight novels as the hype was just starting to ramp up and was totally underwhelmed by them.

    I’ve found some books are worth the hype, others are not. But it’s fun to read the book and decide for yourself if you like them.

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    • I haven’t read Twilight yet. First, I thought I was going to collect the books first then marathon them but I realized I may not like them so I think I’m just going to borrow my friend’s copy then buy it if I like it.


  3. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the Throne of Glass series. It just wasn’t mind kind of book as the world building took a very long time to unfold and the jokes weren’t witty. However, I really enjoyed her other book Court of Thorns and Roses a great and highly entertaining novel!


  4. I sometimes get the feeling that I want new and “undiscovered” books, because I feel no pressure at all. Because when you actually dislike a popular popular popular book, people would ask “WHY?!”

    To be honest, An Abundance of Katherines is a DNF of mine 😦 It’s been on my shelf for almost a year now, and I’m not even halfway done. 😦

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