This week’s topic:
Top 5 hyped books I didn’t like
(What are some hyped books that you just did not care that much for??)
I have a variety of books here that MANY people enjoyed but that didn’t work out for me.
LUMBERJANES, VOL 1: BEWARE THE KITTEN HOLY BY GRACE ELLIS AND NOELLE STEVENSON, ILLUS. BY BROOKE A. ALLEN
This is a middle grade fantasy comic book about a diverse group of girls who have interesting adventures at summer camp. The tone of the story is very silly, which I expected but didn’t like, and the story places a lot of emphasis on the girls’ friendship, which I loved. In addition to the tone, the illustrations also didn’t work for me because I expected the style to be like what’s on the cover.
THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE BY CHARLIE MACKESY (ILLUS.)
A children’s picture book about friendship and kindness… I think. This one would also fit in the self-help category and would appeal to both kids and adults. Basically it’s a book of uplifting phrases, I guess…? I didn’t like it. I just thought it was all very obvious and a bit too saccharine at times, which annoyed me. I liked the illustrations, but it took a while for me to get used to its wispy style.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This is YA fantasy about a girl searching for her sister at a circus. It was heavily compared to Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus when it came out, so I read it expecting it to be similar, but it wasn’t. I wasn’t enraptured by the circus or the writing, and the characters annoyed me.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Romance novel about a biracial couple that fake dates until they finally fall for each other. It’s a light, fluffy read and good for being a debut novel, but I didn’t (and still don’t) see what all the hype is about.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
I read this years ago in college (or maybe high school… can’t remember), so I’d like to try it again. It’s been getting A LOT of buzz lately, and maybe it’s very well deserved, but I didn’t like it. I’ve since forgotten why, but I think it’s because it has time travel and I don’t like time travel. I’ve since forgotten what the book is about except that it’s historical fantasy about a young Black woman who keeps getting pulled back to slavery days to save a boy or a man… can’t remember.