Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

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Hello everyone!
I’m back with another Top 5 Tuesday post. I’m on a roll with keeping up with these this month, if I do say so myself. There have been a lot of fun topics and this weeks is no exception. The topic for today is Top 5 Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype. I’m really excited to see everyone else’s posts for this because I love seeing unpopular opinions. So let’s get started!

If you are not familiar, Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. She has topics for every week and if you have an idea for a topic, then send your suggestions her way.

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1. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This came out at the beginning of the year and I started it and got 50 pages in and had to put it down because I wasn’t enjoying it. Everyone told me not to give up on it, so a few months later I picked it back up and finished it and I really disliked it. It’s got to the be the worst book I’ve read this year and I’m not sure what is so great about it, to be honest.


Average rating on Goodreads: 3.63

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2. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
This was my first experience with Bardugo’s writing and to this day I still don’t understand the hype. One of the main characters, Mal, is probably my least favorite character in any book I’ve read. I was also told that the trilogy gets better with each book but I found it to be the opposite. I thought the series went straight downhill.


Average rating on Goodreads: 4.05 / 4.07 / 4.17

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3. The Girls by Emma Cline
This was the only 1-star book that I read in 2016. And guess what? It’s still on my shelves for some reason. I believe it was a debut for the author and I just didn’t enjoy the writing or the story line. But a lot of my Goodreads friends seem to really enjoy it and I alas, I can’t see why.


Average rating on Goodreads: 3.47

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4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
I bought this book because of the gorgeous cover AND because it was only $2 but I have to say I found the story to be boring. I didn’t care about the characters and what they were going through. Lydia is so snobby and a terrible friend. I just didn’t care for this book.


Average rating on Goodreads: 4.19

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5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I read this last year before going to see the movie and it dragged on for so long. I’ve mentioned this book in other lists of books that I don’t like but it belongs here because people actually love it. It’s 500 pages long about a girl who relives the same day for 7 days. How can it be that interesting? The movie was great though so I’d recommend just going to see that instead.


Average rating on Goodreads: 3.91

So those are my unpopular opinions on books that were over hyped. For some reason, I still have all of these books on my shelves but no worries, come the New Year, I plan on doing a huge unhaul. What books made your list? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for reading, cya!!RachaelInstagramPinteresttumblrTwitter


23 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

    1. I’m actually surprised by the Grisha trilogy because SO MANY people love it. And after reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I’m confused by what went wrong. I am excited for King of Scars though 🙂

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  1. I didn’t care too much for Before I Fall either. I think it was an interesting concept (I mean, it’s Groundhog’s Day), but there was just something off about the execution. I think the worst part was the end. (Not going into detail, because spoilers). It just made it seem pointless.

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