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Musing Mondays – Hype

This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is:

Are there any “raved reads” –books that everyone seems to be talking about– that you’re hoping to get read this year, yourself? What books are they, and why are you hoping to read them? Is it because you want to say you’ve read it? Or, would you have chosen to read it, even if you’d discovered it yourself, and no one was raving about it?

Several. The Passage was all the rage in 2010, and I have a copy sitting on my shelf. I have the following hypey heavyweights out from the library: Wolf Hall, Annabel, Matterhorn, Black Water Rising, The Memory of Love and Black Mamba Boy. A. S. Byatt’s Possession is on the shelf, along with other much raved books of the last few decades: An Equal Music, The Slap, The Historian (although I’ve heard bad things about this as well as good), Small Wars, Small Island, The White Tiger and Brick Lane.

I’m hoping 2012 will be the year I get to some of them!

I chose my book purchases mostly based on what I’ve heard about a book (it is very unusual I’ll buy a book where neither the author or title is familiar to me), so I guess you could say I’m influenced by hype; on the other hand, I don’t rush out to buy a hyped book straight away, waiting for it to show up at the library or the second-hand shop. So a bit of both, I guess.

The ones I want to be able to say I’ve read, are mostly from the 19th century!


3 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – Hype”

  1. I read The Historian and loved it…it’s not one to try and fly through though…give it time and enjoy the language and the history. I’m halfway through Wolf Hall right now and loving it as well 🙂 Two totally different reads but both have a lot of info.
    The Passage is sitting on my TBR also…gotta get to that one sometime myself.

  2. I did not enjoy The White Tiger, but I loved The Historian.

    I have the much raved over The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon on my bookshelf calling out to be read. After recently reading another raved about bookish book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and loving it, I am determined to read Zafon’s title this year.

  3. I loved The Historian, excellent book. I tend to avoid big full-on hyped books but I do choose most of my reads through recommendations/reviews. I tend to add books to a long long list for buying/borrowing when I get round to it so I end up reading a lot of 2 or 3 year old books!

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