I’m Back – What I have been doing for the past few months ~

HELLO EVERYONE!!! I AM BACK!!!

Back in June, I made a post about deciding to go on a blog hiatus. I’ve got to admit, it was a very hard decision for me. I’ve been blogging for a few years, but it was only recently that I connected with other book bloggers. I’ve developed a wonderful network of friends through a variety of social media and not being able to blog and talk with them on a regular basis was not something I wanted. I also didn’t want to let down any authors or publishers that had sent me an ARC; I know how important it is for them to get reviews out there to generate interest.

But I just couldn’t handle the pressure.

It’s funny that I say that since I had made a discussion post previously about how I prioritize blogging and reading books over pretty much everything else in my life … but I got to a point where I could not do that anymore. 

So what happened?

Well, if I haven’t already mentioned, I have been in school for my Masters in Neuroscience. It’s a research program, which means long hours in the lab and even longer hours at home doing analysis. There got to be a point in my 2 year program where my lab ran into a roadblock, and I essentially couldn’t do research for about 6 months. During that time, I was super active with my blog because I had so much free time on my hands! 

But then, the roadblock was removed and I had to hustle to make up for the 6 months I had lost. I wanted to graduate for September and that meant dropping everything that wasn’t related to my masters – including my blog

It’s been a hard few months, getting updates from my favourite blogs and wanting to read them or catch up with people within the community but having to resist. It’s been hard to not escape into the world of fiction. I’ve had to deal with an insane amount of anxiety that has affected my mental and physical well-being, and having to cut out something I love has definitely made me feel depressed at times. But I’ve learned something from all of this. I’ve learned that it is okay to put things on the backburner when things get rough. It’s okay to have to change priorities – sometimes, it is necessary to do so in order to get to where you want to be in life. But most importantly, if you don’t want to give anything up, then you have to be extremely focused, motivated, and organized. 

As I progress to the next stage of my education, I want to be a more organized person. I want to be able to set realistic goals and manage all of the important parts of my life so that I can enjoy them all. I don’t want to have to give up any of the things I have worked hard to cultivate and grow. I’ve made a promise to myself: to not allow my anxiety to derail my life. One way to do this is to make sure I stay on top of things and break bad habits (like procrastination). I also need to learn to cut myself some slack; I’m only human, after all. 

I guess what I’m really trying to say is thank you to all of you who understood why I had to go and still remain my friends and followers. I hope you can continue to support me as I work on becoming a better – and healthier – version of myself!

Let’s keep reading ~

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

I read this book back in March but I wanted to time my review to be closer to the release date so that it could be more relevant for readers! Thank you to Edelweiss for the review copy in exchange for my honest review.

I love mythology and seeing that this book is inspired by the story of King Midas was one of its biggest selling points. I was excited to see how the author would take the original story and put some life into it!

36575823Summary (Goodreads): King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?


Review: I wish I could say this book earned high praise from me. But I can’t. This book, with its amazing premise, fell short of my expectations and ended up being just like every other generic teen fantasy novel out there.

Let me start by saying that the writing was very nice. There was consistency in flow and voice, so that it was easy for the reader to stay immersed within the story. I wouldn’t say that the world-building was terribly unique; there was a little bit of name-dropping but other than that, the details of the world were quite sparse. However, I wasn’t too bothered with it.

Unfortunately, the writing is the only positive thing I can say about this book. Everything else was just too cookie-cutter for me to enjoy.

First of all, we are shown our main character who is naive to a fault, and is scared of everything. She is your typical plain heroine who needs someone to save her and make her feel better about, well, everything. I really dislike main characters who are dependent on others and don’t do anything on their own. So this novel automatically got one strike from me.

The next problem I had with this novel was that it was predictable. SO predictable. By the time I finished a quarter of the book, I had already figured out how everything would work. And I was right about almost everything. I pegged the villains perfectly as well as the love interest. I was also able to figure out the direction of the story. I hate that I was able to guess everything right away because I immediately lost interest in the story; there was nothing new to it so I just couldn’t care. I liked the pirate aspect of the novel, which I thought was very unique. But there wasn’t enough of it and it wasn’t developed very well. If I had to describe this novel, I would say that this is more about Kora’s insecurities than about her quest to save her father. Everywhere you turn, you have to brace yourself against Kora’s need for others to help her and her inability to figure anything out for herself. All of the action was mired by this intense focus, and that is such a shame because this novel had so much potential.

I think that this novel is for a very juvenile audience, and for those who love romance and insecure protagonists. I was expecting a story rich in mythology and with plenty of adventure. Instead, I was saddled with Kora and a plot that was too simplistic to hold my attention. For those reasons, I’m giving this a 1.5/5 stars, rounded to 2.

Happy reading ~

I’m On A Blog Hiatus

So this should come as no surprise to many people, considering my lack of activity on my blog.

To be honest, I feel really sad making this post. I have always loved blogging and writing up my book reviews. Having to admit that I need to go on a break really sucks.

But I need to go on a break.

Right now, I am going through an extremely stressful moment in my education and career. There is an unbelievable amount of pressure on me, and I’m struggling to keep up. It’s gotten to a point where everything makes me feel stressed, even simple things like eating and cooking and going to the gym. And blogging has stopped being an escape.

I want blogging to continue to be a positive for me. I want it to be something I love, something that is fun. But I’m not in that state of mind right now. So before the blogging experience gets ruined for me, I’m going to take a break. I will still keep reading, and writing drafts of my reviews…. but it will be a few months before I go back to posting and blog-hopping again.

I hope that you will all be supportive of this hiatus, and I cannot wait to come back into the blogging community and reading all about everyone’s experiences!

With tons and tons of love,

Vee ~~

I’m A Book Polygamist

Yeah, that’s right. You read the title correctly. I’m going to say it loud and proud: I SUPPORT BOOK POLYGAMY!

But seriously, what does this mean?

According to Goodreads, you can either be a book monogamist or a book polygamist. This refers to how many books you read at one time. If you are a monogamist, you read one book at a time and only pick up the next book when you are done reading your first book. If you are a book polygamist, you read multiple books at a time.

So, yeah, I’m a book polygamist. And it’s not as crazy or controversial as it sounds (or maybe it is…)

So why do I read multiple books at a time?

Well, one reason is because of my huge list of books. Typically, I will have physical books that I borrowed from the library, as well as online books I’ve borrowed from the library to read. I also have a bunch of eARCs to read from various sources (Netgalley, Edelweiss, and some sent to me by authors). Then there are the books I’ve bought and want to either read or reread. That’s a lot of books.

If I were to read each one at a time, it would be impossible for me to meet all of my reading goals and deadlines. It would also be hard to prioritize. Should I finish the library book that is due in 2 days or the ARC that is due on the same day? What should I do about this super long book that is 400+ pages, when I also have other books that are due before that one? In situations like these, it just makes common sense to read multiple books at a time.

The other reason that I practice book polygamy is that I’m a mood reader. Sometimes, I can sit and read a deep and thought-provoking book … but other times, I’m looking for that fast-paced, action-packed read. If I’m in the middle of a slow burner and feel like I need to turn to something else because I can feel my attention slipping, I do it. Then, when I’m back to that slow-burner-mood, I return to that book.

Now, I can see why a book monogamist might think the idea of book polygamy isn’t so great. What if you confuse different stories or characters? That’s a valid point.

To be honest, I’ve never had that happen to me. I find it super easy to just keep all of the different stories straight in my head. Maybe it’s because all I think about are books! I know a lot of other readers keep a little journal with them or use sticky notes to keep their ideas and thoughts straight about the different books they read. This is a really handy way to counter the issue of getting novels mixed up and it also allows book bloggers to organize their thoughts for review posts!

I’m sure there are positive things about book monogamy. Maybe it’s more satisfying to get through your TBR one book at a time. Maybe it’s easier to not have to keep multiple storylines straight in your head! At the end of the day, reading is reading and as long as you are enjoying the journey, nothing else matters!

So tell me: are you a book polygamist or a book monogamist? Or are you a mix of both, depending on the situation?

Do you prefer one over the other?

Are there any other reasons or benefits that you know of ?

Comment and let me know!!

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

I first heard about this book from fellow blogger Evelina from Avalinah’s Books. She had a raving review for this book and since our tastes are similar, I was eager to try this one out! You can check out her review here, but these are my thoughts:

35412372Summary (Goodreads): Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves–now protective, now hedonistic–move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.


My Rating: 5 star

Review: I’m going to start off by giving a trigger warning for rape, suicide, and violence.

This book is one of the most unique novels I have ever read, with its blend of mythology and mental health. In her review, Evelina mentioned that this book can be read either as magical realism or as “stark naked reality.” While Evelina looked at it from the former, I went at it from the latter!

This novel takes a very fresh approach to multiple personality disorder: what if instead of it being just looked at as a mental illness, it is seen as a possession of the body by multiple spirits? In this way, the author has created multiple chapters that rotate through different personalities within Ada’s body, with each personality emerging during a different point of time in Ada’s life. And these personalities are not human, they are mythological forces with great power – they are gods.

I absolutely loved how the author created this story and went with it. Ada herself only has 2 chapters for herself, while the rest are divided by the other gods. Each had their own unique personality and none were infallible. They constantly stated that they were trying to protect Ada and that she was sane, and in doing so, it challenges the reader’s understanding of sanity and mental health.

Yet, even as the author uses mythology as a platform for this story, she does not shy away from elements of mental health. We see how these gods rise to the occasion and make themselves known when Ada is in trouble and cannot face reality on her own. We see how Ada struggles to understand these different people that are inside of her and how they shape her own feelings about herself. Even though the story is not told in her voice, I was still able to connect and understand Ada. While I am no expert on this area of mental health, this novel, through its unique portrayal of multiple personality disorder, helped me see things from a different point of view.

In short, this book was a remarkable experience that blends magical realism with mental illness. It is beautiful and tragic and creative beyond measure. It is a book I would recommend to anyone and for those reasons, I’m giving it 5/5 stars. Major shoutout to Evelina for bringing this book to my attention through her amazing blog (link to her review is at the top of this post)!

Happy reading ~

 

Bookish Pet Peeve #4: Representation in a Book

Representation and diversity in books has become a major focus point these days. Growing up, I hadn’t really thought about the fact that books generally featured a certain stereotypical character. With the amount of diversity and acceptance that is taking place in our society, it is important that this change in direction is reflected in the books we read. Representation and diversity are things that I never really considered when reading a book but I must say that picking up novels that feature a diverse cast of characters has been a wonderful experience, and I am all for having more books that do this.

But what happens when representation isn’t done right in a book?

Many times, I see authors trying to jump on the bandwagon to make characters more diverse and reach different minority groups. It’s great … but sometimes, it can feel quite gimmicky. This is especially true when the author hasn’t taken time to flesh out the character and really understand the demographic that they are trying to portray through this character. Instead of having this character stand out from the mold, the author has inadvertently put them in a box full of stereotypes.

And it sucks.

Now, I’m not someone who can claim to know what it is like to be part of every single minority group out there. I am a part of some, yes, but that doesn’t make me an expert on them all. But I want to learn about the struggles of different marginalized groups and one of the ways I like to do that is by reading about the way different characters face their difficulties. This means that the onus really goes on the author to accurately portray the characters. They need to do their research and really look beyond how people are perceived by the general public to try to enlighten readers.

Because, really, what’s the point of having characters that are from diverse backgrounds if you aren’t going to represent them properly?

I have read some great books that do justice to characters that are unique and different from the stereotypical MCs. But there have been just as many bad books that have tried to gain support from various minority communities by including characters that are diverse in their books, only to have them be stereotyped.

I hope that, over time, more authors will make the conscientious switch to having a more diverse cast of characters in their books and do them justice by actually portraying them accurately and not just do it to gain a larger following.

But let’s talk about your experiences: have you come across many diverse reads?

Do you make it a habit to read more diverse books than non-diverse?

Have you ever come across a novel that promises diversity but only serves to be gimmicky?

Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I really wanted to read something lighthearted recently. I’ve been under a lot of stress in my Masters and I wanted a funny book that would lift my spirits. I’d been seeing this book everywhere and was lucky enough to get my hands on an audio version of it, making my commute to my school that much better. It did take me longer to get through this novel but I was happy to have read something that was more of a comedy! Here are my thoughts:

29283884.jpgSummary (Goodreads): Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


My Rating: 3 star

Review: This was a funny read, for sure. But while I liked it, I can’t say that it was my most favourite of reads.

Let me start with some of the positive things about this book:

I loved the setting and the premise for this story, with its diverse cast of characters. I am seriously obsessed with anything from the Victorian era and this book did not disappoint! The author seamlessly integrated the historical time point into the actual plot of the story, making everything sound so natural that I felt like I was living in that era myself! There wasn’t a single point where the author slipped up and I was so happy to see that level of consistency!

I also loved that the story prominently features LGBTQ romance. At first, I was a little worried as to how the author would blend this with the historical time frame that the story was set in, but it was done really well! I also thought the interactions between the two characters (and yes, I’m referring to Percy and Monty, which is quite obvious from the premise) was really really cute!

My two favourite characters of the story were definitely Felicity (Monty’s younger sister) and Percy, as both were very intelligent. They were logical and were able to perfectly balance out Monty’s narcissistic and stupid tendencies.

Because, I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like Monty. To be fair, I did think he was funny in the beginning. He is a selfish character but he is hilarious and I could see why having him as an MC could really make this book shine. However, his selfishness and stupidity soon grew old. I did like that the author made him have some depth by bringing up the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. It gave him something more than just the shallowness he exuded. But while the author made this a consistent part of his personality (which I appreciated), it wasn’t enough to redeem his other behaviours.

I also felt that the plot had quite a few elements that seemed to be out of the blue and were just unnecessary. While it made sense, it wasn’t necessarily the greatest plot to follow and I found myself losing interest at times.

And yet, despite these negative elements, I really did find the story to be cute and funny. I enjoyed listening to the trio go on their adventure and see Monty start to change a bit here and there. I was looking for something lighthearted and I got it. And I have to admit that the deeper themes of the story were definitely there, so this wasn’t just a shallow cute read. Since I still enjoyed the book, I’m giving it a 3/5 stars and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a cute historical fiction story!

Happy reading ~

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

I have been meaning to read more books about marriages, as a special challenge to myself. There are so many novels that are about this topic or that have the word “marriage”, “husband”, or “wife” in their title, so I thought it would be interesting to make reading these books a priority on my list, just to compare and contrast all of the different ideas that are out there. This story caught my eye, not only because of its title, but also because of its premise.

31748890Summary (Goodreads): Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples–and then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.


My Rating: 2 star

Review: This is another case of a novel that started off in a very interesting way but eventually just kinda let me down. I really really loved the premise of this book. The idea of there being a society that is all about preserving marriages and making them last is really intriguing, and seeing a diabolic side to this club was something I was really looking forward to. However, I didn’t really get everything that I wanted from this book.

First of all, this story is told entirely from Jake’s perspective, which I thought was really interesting since most books I’ve read about marriages are told from the wife’s perspective. I think the author did a really good job of writing in a male voice and I really feel like I got a good understanding of Jake’s character and the way his marriage worked with Alice. Alice and the other characters in the book were a bit lackluster compared to Jake, but I was prepared to forgive that for the sake of this intriguing story.

But the story turned out to be quite boring. It revolves around Jake and Alice being a part of this elite and secret club and they find out soon enough that the club is very serious about its members following their mandates. There’s a lot of punishments involved, but for a large part of the story, we are just told about them and not really given a chance to experience it from the POV of our MC. The story plods along at a slow pace with nothing much happening, except for Jake’s constant worries about how things are going for Alice with The Pact. I was really hoping for there to be a lot more of a sinister air to the story with a lot more action. I was mostly just bored and could not wait to get to the good stuff.

The ending was an interesting twist, I suppose, but it felt just as lackluster as the rest of the story. There was nothing to really enjoy … except for the fact that this book was finally coming to a close.

So, while the writing was good, the pacing of the story was awfully slow and the lack of tension and intrigue made this a very boring novel. For those reasons, I’m giving it a 2/5 stars.

Happy reading ~

Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell

Thank you to Penguin Random House and the First to Read program for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This novel sounded super interesting to me and I wanted to see if it would be different from other novels dealing with marriage in the thriller category. Here are my thoughts:

Goodreads (Summary): Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost, and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. And as she envisions Marc’s distress, she can’t help but remember their courtship, their marriage–all that he saved her from and all that they’ve built together.

Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but her. Even when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He shifts from total despair to frantic action, embarking on his own journey through the dark maze of secrets she kept and passions he never understood. Following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask, he’s forced to confront how frighteningly little he’s grasped about the woman he loves.


My Rating: 3 star

Review: It’s been a few days now since I’ve read this book and I still have no idea how I feel about it. Was this a terrible book or a genius work of literature? I will hopefully be able to answer that question by the time I’m done this review.

This story is told entirely from Alexandra’s perspective, and it’s done in a very different way. One chapter, told from Alexandra’s voice, is recalling the past and how Alexandra and Marc got to this point in their life. The other chapter is about how Marc is dealing with the current situation…. but it is told through Alexandra as she imagines what he must be going through. This chapter also ends with Alexandra talking about herself in the present moment with her unknown captor, and occasionally, there are letters written from Alexandra’s friend from her college days. It’s a very weird way to tell this story but it somehow… works…. ish. Even though Alexandra is telling the reader what Marc must be going through, I still felt as if I really was able to understand Marc’s character. He was someone who I could really get behind as a main character and I liked that this novel had a male protagonist instead of the usual female one.

This book does have a focus on the art world but the author doesn’t make it overbearing. The art information in the story is detailed enough to make its point but it wasn’t overly detailed or boring. The story itself was able to come through, which was really nice.

Now, I can’t really talk much about the plot itself. But what I will say is that this novel focuses on a few things, one being the role of a woman in marriage and in family life, and the lengths one will go to create art. In terms of both of these aspects, I thought the author brought up some food for thought and I really found myself pondering some of the questions this book raises. I will admit that the story took a long time to make itself clear and the ending was one that definitely left me stunned and confused … but it was a situation where I really couldn’t pinpoint whether I loved it or hated it. It was rushed, it had some ludicrous elements to it … and yet, it brought an interesting perspective that I had never really considered before.

This book is definitely not like any other thriller I have ever read. It is a bit slower in pacing, but there are so many unique elements to this story from the writing style to the actual themes in the book itself. It is one of those books that you will either love or hate … and I think I am leaning towards the former!

Happy reading ~

Hyped Books – My Dilemma

I’M SO SORRY FOR MISSING A WEEK FOR MY DISCUSSION POST! I am literally on the last leg of my Masters and everywhere I turn, there is a time crunch for something. I’ve had to prioritize my school work over my blogging and reading (which is definitely not something I like) and am all over the place. However, my goal is to become more organized and stay on top of things. Hopefully, this will be the first and last time where I miss out on a discussion post!

ANYWAYS….

Hyped books.

They’re my kryptonite. When I see a new book that comes out, and I hear about a ton of people raving that it is SOOOOO good, I can’t help myself. I need to find out if the rumors are true. Even if I have a TBR list that is taller than me, I will go out and get that hot bestselling book. It’s just too much to resist.

My problem arises when this book turns out to be overhyped.

Of course, different people are going to have different views about a book. I’m not going to like every book that the majority of people love. But most of the time, I find that I’m let down by this novel that I’ve seen raving reviews for from everyone. And this makes me wonder …..

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!

My first thought is that it is my fault for not liking the book. Surely, a book that has 4+ star ratings on Goodreads and has almost 0 negative reviews is a winner! So why can’t I love it?

It could be that I have high expectations. I will say that, in general, I am quite strict in terms of my rating. I want books that are strong in pacing, writing, and thought process. I’m not just in for the quick ride; I want the story to have depth and complexity even if it is fast-paced and action-packed. Many times, the books that I find hyped let me down in terms of depth. They have this crazy premise, full of intrigue, but then their execution falls flat and the story itself sounds simplistic. Then, I feel cheated out of this amazing experience that everyone is having – everyone but me, of course.

Another reason for my dilemma with hyped books could be that I raise my expectations because of the hype. Maybe this is unfair of me to do, but when I see people raving about a book, I automatically assume that the novel is going to be the cream of the crop, and the best in its genre category. Of course, that means that even if the book is generally good, I will feel more disappointed by it because it didn’t blow me away. This then means I give it a lower rating and am less satisfied with the books.

One last factor I see that contributes to this dilemma is that hyped books tend to be compared to other books that have done well. This is best seen in the case of Gone Girl. I loved this book. It is one of my favourite thrillers and I can’t recommend it enough. But every time another thriller is out on the market, it is always compared to this book. This again affects my expectations for the hyped book and I feel let down when it doesn’t live up to them.

I definitely have a dilemma when it comes to hyped books. My desire to read them and see what it is all about pushes me to go for it, but my heightened expectations because of others’ ratings affects my ability to enjoy the story and I almost always feel let down.

Has this ever happened to you?

Do you fall into the same trap as me when it comes to hyped books? What do you do about it?

And what are some books that were hyped and fell short of your expectations?

Comment and let me know!