Monday, January 9, 2012

Reading What the Cool Kids Read: Musing Mondays

Another Musing Mondays prompt from Should be Reading:

Are there any “raved reads” –books that everyone seems to be talking about– that you’re hoping to get read this year, yourself? What books are they, and why are you hoping to read them? Is it because you want to say you’ve read it? Or, would you have chosen to read it, even if you’d discovered it yourself, and no one was raving about it?

In my experience, overly-hyped or raved about books tend to disappoint. Too often these books come with a set of expectations few can live up to. I feel the same way about movies. But there are exceptions. When my book club raves about a book, I will definitely pick it up. Usually, we'll put the particular book in our rotation anyway.

I read Twilight before people were raving, and I'm so glad. I enjoyed it, but I would have gone in with a much more critical eye if everyone was talking about it. Same was true for the City of Bones trilogy.

To be fair, I read Hunger Games post-hype and still loved it. But I stalled after book two. My daughter just finished all three and is begging me to read Mockingjay so we can talk about it. Sharing with her is always a huge motivator!

For this year... I still want to read the much-hyped The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I already own the three books, but I'm hesitating. Can it live up to what everyone is saying?

I do love to chat with my friends about books, but most of them aren't reading what's in vogue. We usually pass titles around, but they aren't necessarily mainstream in popularity.

But, to be a little more hip in the book world, particularly since I have a teenager daughter who devours books and needs appropriate recommendations, I am joining one more (at least) reading challenge: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge. I'll have more details about this challenge on Wednesday.

What hyped book is on your must read list for 2012?


Tomorrow, I'm thrilled to be hosting Sallie Lundy-Frommer who will be talking about her novel, Yesterday's Daughter, "an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss."

Please stop by!


Leah Marie said...

I always get a bit frustrated when I find a book before the hype, and then it becomes so hyped up that I can't recommend it anymore.

Also, I read City of Bones post hype and was pretty disappointed. Good books, but not as good as I thought they'd be.

My list is HERE

Melissa said...

Be warned that the first 150 pages of Girl . . . are S-L-O-W. I rarely put down books, and I really wanted to give up on that one. But my SIL told me to stick with it, and I'm glad I did. It was a great story.

Tia Bach said...

Leah, I agree. I like to find gems and form my own opinion!

Melissa, Thanks for telling me. I don't give up on books, but I will sometimes put them down and come back to them. If there's too much hype, I think there "something wrong with me" and blame my frame of mind. But sometimes, I just disagree. Glad to know it's worth getting through the first 150 pages. But, really, that's asking a lot of a reader?