This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. There are SO many books that it seems everyone and their various pets and houseplants have read but I haven’t. I feel left out on a daily basis. So narrowing this down to ten will be a little tricky, but here goes!

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes        The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell        Girl At War - Sara Novic
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
Girl At War –  Sara Nović
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak        All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven        Cinder - Marissa Meyer
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
How To Build A Girl  - Caitlin Moran        Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple
How To Build A Girl – Caitlin Moran
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr        The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill


Like I said, there are oh, about a million more that belong on this list. And I’m sure you each have a similar number on yours, so share in the comments!


  1. Malcolm Avenue Review

    We have quite a few “haven't read”s in common, but I'm going to make this short and sweet and put in a pitch for Bernadette. I don't read much “chick lit” (and I hate these labels, but what're you gonna do?) and that's how the cover read to me at first. But a friend thought I would like it and she's right, I loved it. One of my favorites of its publishing year. I rarely remember passages from books, but I still remember howling at the “8 Steps to Parking in Seattle.”

  2. Malcolm Avenue Review

    Katie – As someone who hasn't read David Mitchell before, I'm curious about your comment. Where would you have started? Is it easy to explain why you ended up feeling this way after meeting him?

  3. M. White

    All the Bright Places and All the Light We Cannot See are both absolutely amazing, so I hope you get to read them soon. I'm excited to read your thoughts. The Book Thief is on a lot of lists today, but I loved it when I read it. So many people loved Cinder, but it just wasn't for me.
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

  4. Lindsay

    I couldn't narrow it down to 10 either, so I did 16! “Me Before You” and “Where'd You Go, Bernadette” are two of my faves! I'm super-excited for the movie version of “Me Before You” — you should read the book before all the movie craziness starts. You don't want anything to be spoiled! I can also vouch for “The Book Thief” and “Cinder.” “The Book Thief” was written in a really unique and interesting way, and “Cinder” was just fun. One of these days I'll get around to reading the rest of the series!

  5. M.

    I'm kind of saving All the Bright Places and Me Before You because I KNOW I'm going to love them! The Book Thief is one I know I'll be glad to have read, but I'm not sure how much I'll actually enjoy reading it. I tried Bernadette, too, but maybe I'll give it another shot if the mood strikes!

  6. M.

    I started Me Before You, but for some reason it didn't stick. It's been recommended to me by Chrissi (from Chrissi Reads) twice now, though, so I feel like I need to get to it soon! I had a bad experience trying to get through Cloud Atlas, which has put me off a bit. But I might try Black Swan Green and see how that goes. Girl At War and The Book Thief are on my definitely must read list, How To Build A Girl and Bernadette are on the probably but maybe not list. Thanks for your feedback – definitely helps with prioritizing!

  7. M.

    I tried to read Cloud Atlas, which didn't go very well, so now I'm a little reticent to try this one. I might try with Black Swan Green, which has been recommended to me and is, importantly, much shorter. Perhaps at some point we could buddy read The Bone Clocks? You know, at some undefined point in the future?

  8. M.

    Your recommendation is actually one of the reasons I'm so ashamed not to have gotten to this one yet! I started it, too, and still haven't managed to finish it. *hides*

  9. M.

    Oh god, tell me about it. Book blogging has led me to some AMAZING books I wouldn't otherwise have found, but it has also expanded my TBR exponentially!

    I actually started All the Bright Places and set it aside on account of the feels. Also because I know I'm going to love it, and sometimes it's comforting to know you've got a stash of books you will certainly love for a rainy day! I started Cinder as well, and I've got the whole series so far. I actually thought about that, and I think I will wait until the whole series comes out before diving in. As for The Book Thief… I've started it twice, but I think the combo of the perspective (death is kind of a cold, unsympathetic character to be in) and topic (holocaust stories are really difficult emotionally) made me put it aside. I know it'll be worth the effort, even if just to know what it's about, but yeah… might be a while before I make it through that one.

    Thanks for stopping by – heading over to check out your list now! 🙂

  10. Lisa

    You have some of my all time favorites on this list – Me Before You, All the Bright Places, and The Book Thief! Loved them all so much!!!! I personally didn't get all the hype around Where'd You Go Bernadette, but you can't be on board with them all I suppose. I am wanting to read Bone Clocks at some point!

  11. M.

    I've started both Cinder and The Book Thief – I found the latter a little hard to get into and ended up getting distracted by another book. I can't remember why Cinder got put down, I think it was right before the third book came out and I mistakenly thought it was a trilogy and figured I'd wait until they were all published… and then just didn't go back. But I plan to!

  12. Katie McD

    I have comments on so many of these… let's make a list, shall we?
    1. Me Before You – I'm reading this right now for my book club, and am really enjoying myself. I started it yesterday afternoon, and am already half way through by today's late morning.
    2. The Bone Clocks – I LOVED it earlier this year, but now knowing more about David Mitchell, definitely would have preferred to start in a different place in the line up of his works.
    3. Girl at War – just DO IT! Probably one of my favorite reads this year.
    4. The Book Thief – I'm with you on this one. Haven't gotten to it yet, but hope to this year sometime. (Buddy read?)
    5. How to Build a Girl – really didn't blow my skirt up. It was ok.
    6. Where'd You Go? I really enjoyed that one last year when I read it.

    I guess I'll just stop here 🙂

  13. Aneeqah

    Hahaha, I totally feel you on the whole having a million books to read thing. There's soo many books out there that I just haven't gotten the time to get around to! The struggles of being a book blogger, alas.

    You do have some great books on your list though!! I actually read and loved All the Bright Places. It kind of messed with my feels, though, so I'd definitely save it for a time when you're in a mood for something emotional that's going to mess with you (because that book so did, oof). I didn't love the Book Thief as much as most people, but I still think it's worth a read. And Cinder is actually a great book! In my opinion, the series gets better as you go along. Since the last book is coming out at the end of the year though, I'd suggest you just binge read all of them, haha.

    Lovely, lovely list, M! I hope that all of these turn out to be amazing reads, even despite the hype. <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life


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