Books That Got All the Hype! (Jan-Jun 2018)

I wanted to do something different today, so here’s a (hopefully?) original idea where I talk about the books I’ve seen everywhere – on book blogs, on Twitter and Bookstagram. I’m considering doing it again, so I’ll only list the book that came out in the first half of 2018. I’m considering books where the publisher really invested in hyping up the book and also people on the book community doing it just because they really liked the book. There is currently a discussion going on book bloggers and influencers getting paid for their work just like influencers promoting other kinds of products do, which I think is something we as a community really need to talk about. For me, as book blogging is something I do as a hobby, I’m quite happy with receiving books in exchange for reviewing or promoting them. However, as someone who in the future wants to take this up as a profession, I do really want to see people being paid for all the hard work they put in to composing interesting posts, meeting deadlines, setting up for beautiful photos and so on. Now let’s get into the post!

Hyped Books (Jan-Jun 2018)

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this book was literally everywhere starting from December last year. I’m personally not really interested in reading fae stories, so I didn’t care for all the hype, but I know so many people from my personal book blogging circle who have read this just for the hype. All the popular book subscription services had different special editions of this book and this book literally took over my bookish life in January. I can’t obviously say for myself if this book deserves the hype as I’ve heard opinions from both camps and as this is not on my TBR either, I don’t want to choose sides.

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2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

While this book came out in March 2018, I still keep hearing about this book literally all the time! It was recently picked up by Jimmy Fallon’s Summer Book Club and it’s really heart-warming to see an ownvoices POC book getting so much hype months after its publication. It has been called the next Harry Potter and I really hope that this series continues to make waves in the bookish community as we definitely need to see more such stories published in the future. It is most definitely on my TBR and this is a book I want to get to before 2018 ends. Also, I actually haven’t seen anyone I know give it anything less than 4 stars, so I have really high hopes for this.

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3. Circe by Madeline Miller

I feel like Bloomsbury, who is the UK publisher of this book, did a better job promoting this than Little Brown, the US publisher. I also very much prefer the UK cover for this book, which is one of the main reasons I bought a copy for myself. I saw this mainly on Bookstagram as the ARC for this also had the original cover art. Many influencers I follow received ARCs for this and I kept getting only positive feedback from them. I had vaguely heard of The Song of Achilles, which is Madeline Miller’s first book, an Orange Prize winner, so I don’t think this would’ve ended up on my TBR had it not been pushed at me so much. This is also once again on my TBR and I’m hoping to really enjoy my reading experience of this book.

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4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

For this book, they had street teams with a very unique concept. I believe they are based on the kinds of people/magic in the world this book is set in, which is inspired by the gambling scene in Atlantic City. Many of the bloggers I follow were a part of the street teams and I would get constant reminders to pre-order the book or countdowns to the publication date. I have also mostly seen good reviews for this, so I might pick this up when I get the time as the premise is also something that has really intrigued me. Overall, I think the marketing strategy for this book was very effective in promoting it.

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5. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

For a novella that is also just a companion book and apparently something like a bridge between two main series, this book got so much exposure! So much so that I’ve heard people say that they didn’t expect the book to be quite so short. Of course I don’t mean to imply that novels are the only ones that need to be hyped, but I feel like its selling price is quite high compared to its length (as I cannot vouch for the quality), which was mostly done because all the hype surrounding it made the publisher confident that people would buy it at the same cost as a full-length novel. This means that it can get very difficult to get access to the book and only the privileged few can afford to shell out so much for a novella. I’m not planning to read this book series at all at this point, so all of the hype mostly served only to annoy me, unfortunately. However, if you’re a fan and contributed to the success of this book, I really hope you found it worth your time and money.

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Comments

What are some of the Jan-Jun 2018 releases that you saw all around you? How do you choose the books that go to your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, if you’re interested in doing this over on your blog, please do a pingback to this post so I can check out your post as I’d love to hear your opinions!

25 thoughts on “Books That Got All the Hype! (Jan-Jun 2018)

  1. Cool idea Nandini… if not for all the hype across the community, I would never hear about these books, so I totally agree that influencers need to be paid because they encourage so many of us to buy and read books…
    Cruel Prince was I think ok for the hype, the ending definitely made up for the pacing issues and I can’t wait to read The Wicked King.
    ACOFAS was definitely boring and frankly useless, because nothing happened. I probably will read the next series because I am quite attached to the characters, but this book was totally not worth the hype or price.
    I can’t wait to read Circe… and Song of Achilles too… don’t have that gorgeous UK cover though, just the US one.

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    1. Thanks for your opinion, Sahitya! I hope that there is some positive change in the way publishers interact with influencers within the book community in the near future. 😊
      I sometimes want to read The Cruel Prince just as an experiment to see how I’ll like it but then I have so many other books I’m really interested in so I don’t think I’ll get to it anytime soon. πŸ™ˆ I’m glad you liked it enough to be excited for the sequel. 😊 I’ve heard maybe 20% of the people I know who read ACOFAS actually like it. It just seems like some sort of filler book that was just published to make the readers excited about the next series (as the next book would come out next year I believe and in between they needed something to keep the fans engaged) and also of course make more money out of it. That’s how I feel anyway.
      Me too! Maybe you can ask someone in India to get a copy for you. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Yup, all of these are definitely around the socials, although I don’t think I’ve seen much of Ace of Shades. Man, I think the hype is partly the reason that I don’t pick these up, at least not yet. I’ve found that SUPER hype around a book can sometimes ruin the experience for me. Even if the book is amazing, it almost never lives up the level of hype.

    Do you mind if I do a similar post on my blog? I like the idea and it’s giving me another idea, lol. I shall credit you!

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    1. Yeah, I do tend to give a super-hyped book a few months to “settle”, by which I mean the time it would take for some negative reviews to crop up so I can correctly assess whether I will personally enjoy it. I’ve had a few disappointments due to the hype as well in the past. I’m glad you have a similar process. πŸ™‚

      Yes, of course! I would love a pingback mostly because I’d like to read the post more than for credit reasons, TBH. I can’t wait for your post! ❀

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  3. This is such an interesting idea! I have definitely read books because they had so much hype around them – sometimes I enjoyed them, but some were disappointing, and probably more so because of the hype! I do have Circe on my TBR though, and I’m really hoping that one lives up to the hype!

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    1. Reading hyped books can go either ways for me too, so I try to pick it up a few months after so all the pressure is off and the hype has died down. I also tend to read spoiler-free Goodreads reviews that are both positive and negative so I can decide for myself if it will appeal to my personal tastes. I feel that this way I’m also more objective when I read it rather than be swayed by the hype or feel left out if I’m not enjoying the book.
      I hope Circe weaves her magic around me too! I’ve heard good things from people I trust apart from the general hype and the book is so gorgeous that it’s just begging me to take it off the shelf. I wish you a great reading experience as well! ❀

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  4. theinkybookworm

    I’ve only read The Cruel Prince and Circe out of all of these, but a couple others are on my list. Circe disappointed me a bit because I never found the trigger warning before I read it.

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    1. Oh no! That really sucks! I think people assume that the trigger warnings for it are well-known as Circe’s story is in The Odyssey, which is a very famous classic and required reading for many. Of course I don’t think that’s an excuse not to include trigger warnings, just an explanation. I hope you’re doing okay. ❀

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  5. I’ve only read Children of Blood and Bone, which was deserving of hype (which actually started before it even came out!). I devoured it in a few days, despite the length.

    Another one that got a lot of hype, mostly deserved, was An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It’s already been optioned for a film by Oprah, who also made it her Book Club selection one month!

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad to hear you loved CoBaB too! πŸ™‚ The hype had started ever since it got its gorgeous cover back in 2017. I wish more diverse books get this kind of hype in the future.

      I have seen An American Marriage around in a few book boxes. Is that adult fiction? I don’t read much from the genre, so I didn’t know it was a hyped book. But the praise it is receiving makes it sound amazing! Thank you for sharing this. πŸ™‚

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  6. Ah, this is an interesting post, because it shows how curated we can make our book blogging communities. Does that make sense?? IE, #1, 4 and 5 weren’t on my radar. If I made a similar list, I’d probably also have books on mine that bypassed you. I’m pretty wary of hyped books. I try to focus on their content and what my favourite bloggers are saying about them (basically, if I would still want to read it without the hype) before I decide if I want to read them.

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    1. Yeah, that’s an interesting perspective, Jenna! If you ever make a blog post like this, I’d love to read it so I can see what books stood out to you. πŸ™‚
      That’s a very sensible approach to take because hype surrounding books can be quite damaging because of the expectations formed. I also look for reviews I trust, but if not, I look at some spoiler-free reviews that are both positive and negative to see if it’s something I’ll like. Thanks for sharing your process! 😊

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