hyped books I own and never read

Hyped books I own and never read

We have all been there, we have been watching booktube flat out or reading a lot of blogs and they are all talking about one book. That one book now seems amazing and you must own it! Your must know what is inside to make it so beloved!

So you buy it. It comes in the post/ out book shop/ downloaded. It is shiny, new and full of promise. Do you read it straight away? You bet your sweet nelly you don’t. Wait don’t?

That’s right, that book you wanted so much gets lost in your TBR forever. This is doubly certain if it is an ebook. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Today I will shame myself with hyped books I bought through the years and never got to. You are lucky this isn’t a video or you would see me crying over my books like the hoarding dragon I am!

The Poppy War – R F Kaung

Hyped books I own and never read

I was anticipating the Poppy War for so long. I saw it everywhere and it was all the buzz when I went to YALC. This one is huge so it might be why I’ve been putting it off for so long!

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness 

hyped books I own and never read

The TV series had been announced, everyone was talking about how awesome it was going to be. I picked it up on Kindle sale and I haven’t even read the first page. That’s right I have no clue what it’s about at all.

The Black Witch – Laurie Forest

hyped books I own and never read

I heard that it was a dark story and that’s all I needed to know to buy it in a kindle sale. I’ve just read the blurb and it actually sounds like a really interesting story that I should get to.

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

hyped books I own and never read

Caraval is a story and a half for me. I love the idea of it and like anything circus themed so I reserved it at the library when it came out. I picked it up, didn’t read it. I saw it on Kindle for 99p and bought it thinking I would read it better in that format. Again I didn’t. I then picked it up from the library again this December and didn’t even acknowledge it’s existence.   

What have I learned from this experience?

  • Don’t be fooled into buying books because they are on sale
  • Read your own damn books
  • Be on a book buying ban: I haven’t bought a book in 2019 so far ❤
  • Use the library, they might not have all the new books but there are many portals waiting for you to jump through

What are some books you have bought because of the hype and not got to?

42 thoughts on “Hyped books I own and never read

  1. Hannie says:

    My TBR is filled with hyped up books that I haven’t read. Throne of Glass, A Discovery of Witches, The Red Queen, Truthwitch, The Hate U Give, and probably dozens of others. It’s such a problem.


  2. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    I haven’t bought it but I’ve checked out Throne of Glass from the library twice without reading it and just returned it lol. I have so many books on my shelf where I bought them cause they were on sale or heard good things, but I’ve been super good and not been buying books like that for a few years now, though, I’ve preordered a couple of things and plan on reading them and not letting them become part of the pile lol


  3. Laurie says:

    This Savage Song, but it popped out of the randomizer today so YAY! You definitely should rea Caraval, although it’s sequel is known to be more intense. Well, The Poppy War is still on my TBR, but as audiobook 🙂


  4. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    Oof I read Caraval last year I think, took me a while to get there but I got there. I borrowed it from my library though hehe. Hmmm I don’t usually buy new releases, if I do then it’s probably because I love the author and/or their other books. I did buy The Lunar Chronicles a while back, because I kept seeing them everywhere…I’ve not even started Cinder yet xD One day, I will get there.


  5. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    oh hey I’ve also heard of but not read all of these 😅 except Caraval, I really liked that one! I feel like I’m most likely to succumb to hype for preorders and classics, so with the former by definition I haven’t gotten to them (since they’re not out, and if I’ve preordered it I won’t request an ARC) and with the latter … well they’ve been around *forever* so the world won’t end if I go on not reading them, and I keep getting distracted by shiny new releases oops 📚


  6. Kristina says:

    Ouuuh nice read !
    let see.. i don’t often go with the hype because well.. novels like Caraval just isn’t for me and am frankly not interrested xD

    I guess for me it’d be ; Under rose tainted skies, Eleonor & Parks and I think that’s it ! (though I only have 28books so xD granted there cannot be much ahah)


    • Lili Star Reads says:

      I’ve learned now to definitely not go with the hype because I’m a complete mood reader and will only read what I feel like reading.

      I think I’ve picked up Eleanor and Parks from the library once but couldn’t get into it, I hope you enjoy!

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  7. Jennifer Pletcher says:

    Yeah – I do this too. I just put them on a list of TBR (don’t buy the books necesarily), but I get busy reading something else and then forget about it.


  8. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I actually am more likely to stay away from hyped books than buy them xD And I only buy books I really want. The Poppy War and Caraval are ones I am really interested in trying but I’ve been waiting until the hype and my expectations die down a little. A Discovery of Witches is one I have no interest in whatsoever >> It looks too close to Twilight for me. I tried a few episodes of the series and that sort of cemented my thoughts about that one >.>

    My recent post: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2019/02/january-wrap-up-2019/


    • Lili Star Reads says:

      I think I’m more that way now but back a year and a bit ago I would have bought a hyped book when it was on sale and never read it. This is the year of hopefully not buying any book unless it’s never going to be in my library and I must have it.
      I just saw Witches and was like hmmm I’ve never really read a witchie book before.

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  9. jamsu says:

    I got Grisha and six of crows because of the hype. I barely finished Shadow And Bone and DNF’d SOC. I also bought the whole HP series and only finished first three books. I can’t think other hyped up books atm.


  10. singerofstories says:

    So this is the story of my LIFE!!! My hyped and unread books come from book boxes, cover buys, impulse buys, booksta recommendations, bargain buys, pre-order incentives….everywhere. I have enough books to keep me busy for a long time. But I still buy a couple new books every month. Probably less than I did last year though!


  11. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    I have Little Fires Everywhere staring at me from my shelves and haunting my dreams. I’ve heard such good things so I picked it up and now it’s a while later and I haven’t even read a single page!

    I actually haven’t read any of the ones you’ve mentioned, although I’ve heard good things, so I hope you enjoy them when you finally read them!


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