For the last four years I have dedicated the month of April to exclusively reading Young Adult literature. I usually choose a theme,( past themes have included: YA Feminism, YA lgbtq+, YA Horror… and I can’t remember the first year) and them read books that fit the theme and blog about them and YA in general for the entire month of April.
This year is no different… except for the theme. It’s a little looser, and DEFINITELY more challenging.
#YApril 2018’s Theme: Mega Hyped YA Novels That Somehow Passed Me By
That’s right, this April I will be reading YA novels that EVERYONE seems to love yet somehow ended up not sparking my interest at all. Now, this could be because these books are in a genre I don’t tend to read (ugh fantasy… faerie books…), books that seemed TOO hyped for me to take interest in them, or books I just never got around to reading when people were talking about how AH-MAH-ZING they were.
Here is my highly ambitious #YApril TBR
A Court of Thorns & Roses
Why I Haven’t Read It Yet: To be honest, faerie/fae do not interest me in the slightest. ALSO I’ve heard that this book is mega problematic and a ‘Beauty & the Beast’ type story, again things that I have zero interest in. On top of having no interest in it, I also hate the cover… it’s a big ol’ yuck for me.
Why I am Reading It Now: Because these damn books have such a huge following and I feel left out. I feel like every other Owlcrate bow has something from this series (or Six of Crows which I am also reading this month). Also, I work in a library and should at least have a general sense of what this mega popular series is about.
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children
Why I Haven’t Read it Yet: Probably because this book gives me an overwhelming case of the “meh”s… I look at it and I’m like, “oh cool spooky, old timey photos, cool idea for a writing prompt, Ransom” and then I start wondering is the photos are real or staged for the book, and then I go all Wikipedia rabbit hole girl and then by the time I come up for air, I don’t have any interest in the book anymore. It just doesn’t thrill me.
Why I am Reading it Now: Because, well, I do have–or have had genuine interest in this book before. I bought this book when it came out in paperback. I have also heard people who I respect and trust say that it is their favorite book. So I’m giving it a go.
Six of Crows
Why I Haven’t Read it Yet: I actually have started reading this one and lost momentum because it wasn’t my cup of tea at the time. I thought I would like it because again, people fucking LOVE this duology… I have yet to figure out why though. I don’t like the setting or the characters or the world building. But there HAS to be something special in this book that I am missing because everyone seems to love it.
Why I am Reading it Now: Because I will not be defeated by this damn book. I will read it. I will finish it and I WILL figure out why people like it. I may not agree, but I will understand.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Why I Haven’t Read it Yet: Two reasons: 1. Fae folk stories don’t interest me that much. 2. The hideous cover. There are very few YA books that have tremendously bad covers (YA cover art is usually super on point) but this one has the most horrible cover. That mask? That high contrast? That weird splash of red on the spine? Those ridiculous fonts? That high-gloss finish? It’s like it was designed in a lab to be the ugliest book cover ever and succeeded with flying colors. I have judged this book by its terrible cover for YEARS…but seriously they doubled down on the mask, it’s on the spine too!
Why I am Reading it Now: I recently read Strange the Dreamer (which also has a hideous cover… what did Lani Taylor do to deserve this?) and loved it. I thought it was so cool and dreamy. So I figured, I will swallow my bile and give this one a shot. It also helps that my coworker said that it is actually better that Strange the Dreamer so… yeah.
We Were Liars
Why I Haven’t Read it Yet: Because I hated the marketing campaign and I though I have been able to avoid spoilers, I’m 80% sure I know what the “shocking” twist ending is.
Why I am Reading it Now: For work. I’m launching a YA for Adults Book Club at the library I work at, and this is our inaugural book. So, yeah I have to read this one regardless of my disdain for its existence. But who knows, maybe I will love it… maybe.
So there you have it, my highly ambitious, mega hyped TBR. Which ones have you read? Which ones will I DNF? What are some mega hyped books that have somehow passed you by?