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Discussion Post: 5 Books That Did Not Quite Live Up To Their Hype For Me

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to sharing 5 books that I read and felt like they were a little over-hyped. These books aren’t necessarily bad, but just not as amazing as they sounded either. Let’s begin!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your thoughts down in the comments.

Disclaimer: I do not mean to insult these books, or their authors, or anyone who loves them. These are just my personal preferences. I don’t mean to offend anyone.

1: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book is a Cinderella retelling. Wow Nehal, nobody knew that! Thanks for stating the so unobvious fact.

So anyways, I went into this book with super high expectations, because I had heard so many good things about it. And I’m not saying that it did not live up to the expectations, the thing is, after I got used to the story, I actually started to feel pretty immersed in it, and I was just swept away reading this book. But as soon as I finished it, I don’t know why but all those love feelings about it vanished. Like, I cannot connect to it the same way now as I did when reading it. It was a good book, a fun read when you’re reading it, but that’s it for it. It wasn’t a book that was memorable or anything…it was just fine.

2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

And that’s me signing my death warrant ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I really don’t know what was wrong with this book, what made me feel like I didn’t absolutely love it, but all I know is that I didn’t. I enjoyed it a good amount when I read it, but I could not find myself connecting to it at an emotional level, or even caring about the characters at all. I guess Elena’s bragging and her inability to act like a normal person kinda pissed me off. The girl has faced so much but for some reason, on top of making her the strongest assassin in the book, the author also made her someone who never cries, never allows herself to be overwhelmed by her losses or just, you know, act like a normal girl who has suffered a lot, and it was done to a point that it got super annoying. I’m currently reading the second book, and from what I’ve heard is that after reading more and more books in the series, the first two don’t even have any significance left anymore, which…I’m just, how can I not be less interested in a book I’m reading if you say that about it to me!?

I am yet to read the rest of the series, so maybe I’ll like it later though.

3: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Okay, before you freak out, hear me out, okay?

I have never in my life had expectations as huge as I had for this particular series. I was severely disappointed!

Like I totally loved reading the first book, everything was so fast-paced and adventurous, but it never made it to my favorite series list or anything as I had expected it to. Moving on, the series went totally downhill from there. The second book was totally unnecessary and the third book…man, do I have serious issues with it! Like, that book was so freaking long considering nothing was happening. And what the hell is wrong with Katniss! She never feels? At the death of THAT PARTICULAR character, I did not shed a single tear, why? Because we never got to see Katniss’ emotions upon that death. All we got was the dying part, and then Katniss going into shock or something, I don’t know, I just found it was too unrealistic.

4: Paper Towns by John Green

This was another severe disappointment. Well guess what? I have learned not to have high expectations…like ever!! It’s not healthy dude.

There is this mystery in this book where this really popular girl in school- Margo, disappears and the main character- Quentin, whom she hasn’t ever talked to in her life until last night, thinks she has left clues for him to find her…or something like that. Now for the part where I tell you what I didn’t like: it is unnecessarily long and throughout the majority of the book, the characters are just trying to solve the “Margo-mystery” and nothing actually happens but for them failing continuously. I was hooked only because I wanted that mystery to be solved, and believe me, the long wait was so not worth it. The book ended in the most clichรฉ, not at all surprising or plot-twisting way, and it was all just super meh!

5: Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab

This is the sequel to City of Bones and I really enjoyed the first book, didn’t really care about this one though. Looking back on it, both of these were kind of bleh.

These books are middle grade paranormal, what with all the chaotic poltergeists and the ghost best friends…oh, and the dead main character who can see the souls of the dead and has to “send them on”. Jokes aside, I really enjoyed the first book, but it did not have any lasting impression on me, it was easily forgettable. And the second book was just like a replica of the first one, and I was bored of the same plotline, so I didn’t like it much.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you read any of these books? Do you feel the same way about any of them or do you absolute love them? Let me know in the comments, so we can all chat.

That’s all. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!

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180 thoughts on “Discussion Post: 5 Books That Did Not Quite Live Up To Their Hype For Me

    1. Aaaaah, I’m so sorry ๐Ÿ˜….
      I do not actually HATE those books, they just weren’t for me…and yeah, many people love thg, and I was just disappointed is all.
      And yup, hopefully I’ll love the third book of thg ust as much as you. Got my fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

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  1. I havenโ€™t read any! Even if I read more than 5000+ books in my life๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• I just wanted to ask u q.s Nehal. When is the right mood to read a book? (I ask this q.s to some people only who are interested in reading) I myself miss reading books but if you see my time table you will go in shock ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜…

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    1. Ah, I see.
      And oh, I think the right mood to read a novel is when you are tired of life and just need to take a break, to escape, when life gets too harsh!
      Why, i am honored them ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚.
      Aw, I’m sure you can squeeze 5-10 mins here or there ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I was also disappointed with paper towns. But hunger games, well, I liked it. But what you told about them was also true though ๐Ÿ˜ And yeah, do a second post about this, which makes me wonder if you still have books that disappointed ya!

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      1. No probs didi…hota hai ๐Ÿ™‚
        Aap mujhe nahi jante
        main aapko nahi janti
        Bade bade shehro….nahi nahi—bade bade comment sections mein chotti chotti baatein hoti rehti hain LOL

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      2. That’s a quite famous dialogue ig…and it perfectly fit the situation….
        BTW Nice to meet ya!!
        This meeting was a really tragic one Lol

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    1. Omg, finally someone who agrees ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ.
      I haven’t watched the movies yet though ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜ง.
      I did like geekerella, but I didn’t love it the way most people do. And so is the case with tog.
      Ah, that’s what I’m hoping for too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. Nehal thank you for this discussion!! Ahh Iโ€™m so sorry to hear that you didnโ€™t like Geekerella, I personally resonated with it a lot but can definitely see how it can feel on the surface for some… and Throne of Glass? Ooh Iโ€™m a bit hesitant to start the series now haha but I hope that the series gets better for you! Lovely post yeahh!! ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. My pleasure cherelle! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I did like it, but it was one that didn’t…exactly, it didnt resonate with me.
      Oh I don’t know, the length of the series is already intimidating ME as well ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฒ.
      Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. Oh man, that’s gotta be annoying ๐Ÿคช.
        Imma just apologize to everyone before hand๐Ÿ˜‚.
        Everyone, listen:
        Hey, if you’re scrolling down the comment section searching for your comment, I’m sorry you have to…well, scroll down to find it.
        Hope that reduced the pain, even. thought it didn’t ๐Ÿ˜.

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  4. Well, I fully agree with you on Paper Towns and Throne of Glass! But boy, if Celaena already annoyed you in book one, you’re in for a treat in the coming books! ๐Ÿ˜…

    But The Hunger Games – how could you, Nehal! Catching Fire is obviously the best in the series! And that death at the end of Mockingjay destroyed me ๐Ÿ˜ญ I thought Katniss’s reaction was one of the most realistic depictions of shock and grief I’ve ever read (that scene where she starts throwing stuff at Buttercup always has me bawling ๐Ÿ˜ญ), and I absolutely love it! But I guess that’s the beauty of reading, everyone takes such different things away from a story! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Really?๐Ÿ˜ฆ I really hope the series gets better though.

      Aaaaah, I’m sorry naemi ๐Ÿ˜…. I totally understand, many people cried at ending. But exactly, I took in a different way, and yeah, I remember the buttercup moment, idk why I didn’t feel sad at that either ๐Ÿ˜. My bad! And yeah, catching fire wasn’t bad either, but I just think it was kinda really unnecessary? Like the way always and forever, Lara jean is unnecessary?
      Thanks for sharing your views Naemi ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Well, if you ask me, the Throne of Glass series peaked with Crown of Midnight and went mostly downhill from there ๐Ÿ˜… But my opinion seems to be hugely unpopular, so I really hope you’ll end up in the majority of the people who think that the rest of the series is amazing! ๐Ÿ˜

        And yeah, I guess Always and Forever Lara Jean might’ve been a little unnecessary… But I still really enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Catching Fire though? That book is very necessary!!! But it’s fine, we can agree to disagree ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โค

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  5. To be honest . . . I kind of agree with the hunger games one. I thought it would be the best book ever but there are other dystopians that I enjoy much more. As for throne of glass, Iโ€™ve only read book one and I enjoyed it so I want to finish the series. Great post Nehal! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I am so glad someone else found the The Hunger Games trilogy overrated! The first book totally blew my mind but the second and argh, the third – were SO SO EH!!!! The series just went from this high (first book) to a low (second book) from which it couldn’t recover. That ending of the third book – I mean what even was that? *massive eye roll*


  7. I don’t really enjoy John Green books, so most of them don’t live up to the hype for me. Also, i tried reading Throne of Glass but i got borred and dnf it. I understand where you come form with these books, they look tiresome.

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  8. Not gonna lie, I kind of agree with you on the Hunger Games! Especially Mockingjay. You hit the nail on the head – Katniss’s reactions at the end were so two-dimensional… It didn’t feel genuine. I really liked the idea of the series, but the end was such a let-down for me. I almost prefer the movies more, because the actors at least showed more humanity ๐Ÿ˜…


    1. I know right!!! The author could’ve given so much more depth to her emotions, the end was indeed such a big let-down
      Lol, I haven’t watched the movies yet ๐Ÿ˜œ. I’ll get to them someday.


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