Discussion Time: How Do You Manage Your Expectations for Hyped Books?

We all know what hyped up books are, and likely we’ve all be taken in by the hype at one point or another. But then, what happens when a highly anticipated books is released? Things will go one of two ways; either the book will exceed the hype and exceed everyone’s expectations, or it will fall short and end up disappointing plenty of people.

While everyone has different reading tastes I think hype is universal, and it’s very easy to be taken in by the anticipation and excitement. If a book has enough hype, enough glowing reviews and mentions across social media, then most of the bookish community, regardless of their reading preferences, will be somewhat taken un by the hype.

How Do You Manage Your Expectations for Hyped Books

How Do You Manage Your Expectations for Hyped Books?

I think I’ve been somewhat lucky when it comes to hyped books because for the most part they’ve either met my expectations or exceeded them. There have been a lot of hyped books released this year, and likely most people will have heard of them; Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, but what is it about these books that makes them stand out from all the other incredible books released this year?

Managing Expectations for Hyped Books - Strange the Dreamer, Flame in the Mist

Most times it’s simply the marketing. The books I mentioned previously are all debut books in a new series, or in the case of When Dimple Met Rishi a standalone by a debut author, but a buzz has been created surrounding these books so most people have heard of them, if not added them to their to-read list. They’re everywhere on Twitter, on Instagram, on WordPress, people are desperate for ARCs, and all the pre-release reviews are glowing five star ones.

So when it’s released how does the actual book live up to the buzz? I may not be one to answer this question because both Strange the Dreamer and Flame in the Mist are all-time favourites of mine. It was actually When Dimple Met Rishi that was a little bit of a disappointment for me, but even in that case I still enjoyed the story.

When Dimple Met Rishi


However there have been cases, few though they are, when a hyped book hasn’t met my expectations. This tends to be when I have hyped up the book myself; it isn’t a case of the bookish community taking a release under its wing and promoting it everywhere, but a case of where I have individually built a book up so much that it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations.

When I first heard of The Crown’s Game I was so excited to get started on it. I’d heard somewhere it was ‘perfect for fans of The Night Circus’, and that tagline had me hooked. Unfortunately the book itself did not live up to my expectations and part of me thinks that is because of how much I loved The Night Circus. It’s an all-time favourite book of mine and I don’t think there is anything that can ever live up to it. However I am still continuously taken in by taglines that promises a release is ‘the next Night Circus’.

Managing Expectations for Hyped Books - The Crown's Game

Another example is End of Days by Susan Ee. This was the last book in a favourite series of mine and again I built it up too much in my head that I wonder if it was possible for anything the author produced to meet my expectations. I still enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be.

End of Days


So how do I manage my expectations when it comes to hyped books?

I avoid reviews for high anticipated releases of mine. The less I read the less expectations I have and I think expectations can be dangerous when it comes to hyped books. Before I started Strange the Dreamer I know it was a good book, but because I didn’t read any reviews I didn’t have any of the reviewers opinions in my mind as I started. I’m guilty of doing this myself, using phrases like ‘top read of the year’ and ‘a magical story everyone should read and love’, and in most cases maybe that is true about hyped books. However reading reviews full of praise can raise expectations much higher than simply knowing a book is good.

What I’ve learnt from experience is that it tends to be the books I hype up myself that are the let downs. So if it’s a book the whole community is raving about I normally allow myself to be swept away with the anticipation because I trust the general opinion of the bookish community more than my own individual opinion.


Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:

Do you find yourself easily taken in by hype when it comes to anticipated releases?

Are you usually let down, or do you find yourself agreeing with the hype?

Do you have any tricks to manage hype, or do you just let yourself be swept away by it?

What was the last hyped book you read? Was it worth the hype or was it a letdown?

Let me know in the comments below.

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87 thoughts on “Discussion Time: How Do You Manage Your Expectations for Hyped Books?

  1. Oooo this is a great topic. I tend to grow more cynical and distant when a book gets major hype. The more people insist I will 1000% LOVE it the less likely I am to ever pick it up off the shelf. Sometimes the book’s blurb sounds so good though that I let myself get swept up in the hype and then it’s a gamble as to whether or not I’ll be disappointed or satisfied. I think in general I try to avoid reading any reviews unless it’s been out for at least a year (except for reviews by a very short list of trusted bloggers who tend to have very similar opinions to mine). I like to feel as if I chose a book on my own and simply because it interested me, not because people made me read it or insisted I read it. I’ve read books before where I felt very ‘meh’ about but at the same time suspected that if I had stumbled across it on my own I might’ve loved it more.

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    1. Thanks so much Angela. πŸ™‚ I know there are a few people who probably share your view on hyped books. I just tend to get swept away by the excitement. I can’t help myself but yeah sometimes I do end up a little disappointed when the book doesn’t live up to my expectations. More times than not I have been pleasantly surprised so that’s something I guess. πŸ™‚
      Avoiding hyped books for a while probably helps, as foes having trusted bloggers whose reviews and opinions you trust. We’re not all going to like the same books but if you share opinions with other people you’ll probably find some safe hyped books to check out. πŸ™‚

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  2. I definitely have had a mixed experience with hype. I’ve loved A LOT of hyped books, but I’ve also been let down by a few. I kinda can’t stay away from hyped books (unless they’re something seriously problematic) because I NEED to know how I feel about them. I’m kind of pretty good of not letting other people’s opinions affect my reading experience. What you said about “this book is perfect for fans of this book” is something that I feel like really affects a lot of people. I feel like a lot of people were let down by Caraval because it was compared to The Night Circus (even though I haven’t read TNC I knew Caraval was nothing like it). I think it’s unfair on the book and reads. Like with Three Dark Crowns I was pretty let down because the entire time it was marketed as a “fight to the death” but we didn’t even come close to that? So yeah, I think I’m pretty good going into hyped books neutral but there are definitely some influences that can affect things. Great post, Beth!

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    1. I think I’m the same Lauren. There have been plenty of books I’ve loved that have been incredibly hyped, but at the same time there have been a few that I haven’t enjoyed and they’ve been massive disappointments. It’s definitely good how you don’t let other people’s opinions affect yours, that’s something I still need to work on a little. πŸ™‚
      One of the reasons I was so excited for Caraval was because of TNC comparisons, but by this point I knew they wouldn’t be similar, just because I loved through another comparison disappointment with The Crown’s Game. That’s an interesting point about Three Dark Crowns though. I still haven’t read that book but I’ve seen all the mixed reviews, the way a book is marketed came come with it’s own fair share of hype can’t it?
      Thanks so much Lauren! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve been let down by hype quite a few times, so now I’m wary going in. Though hyped books haven’t let me down in a while so that’s good haha. The last book that let me down was one I had hyped up myself, because I love Rick Riordan’s books. I did enjoy The Dark Prophecy, but I had such high expectations that I was disappointed. The hype you built up yourself is definitely more dangerous than the hype built up by the book community! I was really disappointed in The Crown’s Game too – it sounded like such an awesome, fun read, but I found it incredibly boring and annoying πŸ˜… Great discussion post!

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    1. Yeah there are always going to be one or two books where the hype proves false and we’re let down by what the book actually turns out to be. I’m glad you haven’t been let down recently though. πŸ™‚
      Oh that’s a shame about The Dark Prophecy, I still have that on my to-read list so I’ll go into it with slightly lower expectations. You’re not the first person who’s said something like that about that book.
      Yeah The Crown’s Game had an incredible concept, shame the story didn’t live up to it. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much Michelle! πŸ˜€

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  4. I personally don’t think hype affects me that much? Maybe it’s because I don’t read a lot of YA, which tends to be the genre that gets most of the hype, and read a lot of backlist books as opposed to new releases. When there’s a new release I’m excited about, like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I read a few reviews to decide if I actually want to read it, but even if the reviewer hypes it up I don’t get too invested πŸ˜‚ I think I’m just too chill to get really hype about things hahaha

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    1. I’m glad to hear hype doesn’t affect you too much Izzi, I think it’s the better option of the two. πŸ™‚ Yeah there seems to be plenty more hype for YA books than any other genre, not sure why to be honest, and plenty of people have found picking books up only after they’ve been released for a long time works really well for them.
      Oh well I hope you enjoy The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue when/if you do get around to it. πŸ™‚
      Ha, I’d say that’s a good way to be, less disappointment right?

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  5. I generally don’t pick up debut series that are being hyped up so I can’t say I’m often a victim of this. However, I think I’ve learned with experience to always keep my expectations for the unknown really low so that I don’t get any bad surprises. However, if it’s an author I know and love, then I just like the hype rule me. It’ll be on the author to prove the world that they can beat any expectations we set for them hahahah πŸ˜› Although I believe it’s always best to see any book as if it’s the author’s first book and appreciate it for what it is without any comparisons! πŸ˜€ Great post, Beth!

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    1. A lot of people seem to wait for a little while before picking up hyped books, is that what you do or do you just not add hyped debuts to your to-read list?
      I think with authors you love you know their books are amazing so in that way they’re always going to beat the hype. It’s what happens when I read any release from V.E. Schwab or Marissa Meyer. It’s bound to be amazing no matter what my expectations are.
      Yes, definitely a good point there.
      Thanks so much Lashaan! πŸ˜€

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  6. The last hyped book I read was The Book Thief. I read Everything Everything before that which was frustrating. So I guess hyped books are a hit or miss for me.
    The thing is I get way too excited about books with glowing reviews. I expect a lot (a lot) which I guess is not really fair.
    Great Post! πŸ™‚

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    1. I take it The Book Thief was one you ended up enjoying then, if Everything Everything was more of a miss for you? I feel like hyped books tend to be more hit than miss but that doesn’t mean I’ve never experienced misses when it comes to hyped books before.
      Thanks so much! πŸ˜€

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  7. My main trick for managing the hype is that I don’t read the book as soon as it comes out, I wait a while and in that time I often see some bad reviews. I also try to realise that just because other people like a book it doesn’t mean that I will because of differing genre interests. Often my biggest problem is that there is a lot of hype around a contemporary novel and I don’t often find myself enjoying them, but I get super hyped up for them anyway.

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    1. Yeah I’ve heard from a few other people who prefer to do that as well. I think for me when I hype up a book in my mind I physically can’t wait to read it, most times even the wait for the actual release date is too long. I think giving it time is a good way to let the hype die down a little, and probably more of a guarantee that you’ll enjoy the book too. πŸ™‚
      Yeah I completely get what you mean there. I get swept away with the hype but when it comes down to it, as much as I love the genre, I don’t enjoy contemporary books as much as I do fantasy ones. πŸ™‚

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  8. Great discussion post Beth! πŸ™‚ It’s funny before I had a book blog (as my last blog was more just my life and showing photos) I never really knew about what books were coming out, but now that I follow other book bloggers I feel a lot more in the know. I try to skip the hyped books, but sometimes when I find it for a good price I can’t help it. I have to say I’ve liked most hyped books, but there are a few I didn’t care for, but I can tell you I went in blind to all of them because I don’t like knowing what a book is about before I read it. Yes I don’t even read the synopsis! πŸ˜›

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan! πŸ˜€ Oh I’ve always kept on top of what books are being released, simply because I’ve always been a huge fan of reading and always had books and authors I couldn’t wait for. I’m glad following book blogger has given you that exposure to hyped books.
      I do think going in blind is the best way, and possibly ensures you’ll enjoy the book a little more too. There have been times when I haven’t even read the blurb either before going into a book I couldn’t wait for! πŸ˜€

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      1. You’re welcome! I’m glad too, I like being in the know now. πŸ™‚
        I never read the blurb so sometimes I really don’t know what I’m getting myself into. If it’s a hyped book I usually know a little. The book I’m currently reading: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin, I have noooo idea what it’s about so I’m going on this journey!

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  9. I’m the most guilty here for overhyped books and getting disappointed after LOL The covers are very important but mostly waht I find is the books I might not like it other bloggers would love it. Maybe the hype can be justified but its a book its subjective and not be for everybody! Super great post 😍😍

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    1. Oh in a way that must be a shame for you, because you get excited for these books only to be let down by them when you finally get around to them. No books never are for everyone. It’s funny because it seems like we all agree on what covers we love but book taste really does vary person to person. I guess if you look at it that way a super hyped book is always going to let someone down.
      Thanks so much Trang! πŸ˜€

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  10. I was also disappointed by End of Days! I was expecting a better ending, and though it was enjoyable, it wasn’t a five stars book unfortunately.

    I often get swept up in the hype and I usually enjoy them. I’ve read a few overhyped books that I couldn’t even finish (Caraval, Heartless) but that doesn’t happen often. I can’t read reviews of hyped books before I read them though, I’ll go and see what people have rated the books but reading the reviews feel like I have someone else’s opinion in my head.

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    1. Ahh same here. I was so much hope considering it was the last book of one of my favourite series and it just wasn’t what I was expecting at all!
      Oh that’s a shame about Caraval and Heartless, both were books I really enjoyed but I guess we can’t all like the same books can we? πŸ™‚ I don’t even see what people have rated hyped books. I’ve found for me it works so much better to go in as blind as possible, I won’t even read the excerpts released by the author nine times out of ten! πŸ˜€

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  11. I think for me, hyped books are a bit unpredictable. Sometimes I love them, other times they are total flops! For instance, I just read Nemesis by Brandon Reichs – mostly because I had seen it all over bookstagram – and it ended up being a total disappointment for me.

    I don’t really have a foolproof system for avoiding disappointing hypes, but I definitely prefer to look at reviews after the book is out. If it’s people I trust, then I get an idea of whether I should spend my time/money on the book or not. 😊

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    1. Sometimes you can never tell. I’ve found if it’s a hyped book by an author I’ve already read and loved I’m more likely to enjoy it than I am a hyped book by an author I haven’t read before (I wasn’t much of a fan of Nemesis either).
      If that works for you then stick with it. I tend to avoid reviews but if they help you decide to buy a book or not keep reading them. Books are expensive and we can only afford so many of them right? πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh yeah, that is a good point. I will definitely buy into a hype more whole-heartedly if it’s an author I’m already familiar with. πŸ™‚

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  12. When I first started my blog, the book hype hit me harder than a beach wave. I didn’t even know where to start! I try myself not to get too hyped up for a book, in fact, I first buy a Kindle version of a book I’m anticipating – unless it was recommended by a friend – and if I love the book, I get it. As a book reviewer, I’ve learned to become very picky with the books I request for so as not to overload myself; I do check out reviews but only to skim through them to see if the books are smtn of my interest.
    What I dislike about the hype, though, is that so many books which need more attention are being drowned out.

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    1. Oh I know that feeling, when you first start blogging there is so much hype in people’s posts and reviews it can hit you really hard.
      Ahh I do the same with my books, and actually haven’t heard from anyone else who does that but I just prefer to read on my Kindle and it’s only if I really love a book that I’ll get the physical edition as well. πŸ™‚
      I think that’s a good attitude to have, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with books sometimes especially when there are so many out there people are constantly talking about. Yes I definitely see what you mean about there. There are some amazing books that deserve a lot of hype as well, and they never seem to get it.

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  13. It’s easy to get lost in the hype train but if it’s a book I have been anticipating and it’s also from one of my favourite authors, then I think the expectation level is pretty high but usually, I pick up the book when the hype has turned down a little. And for other books, even if people are going crazy about it, I only pick it up if I really want to or if my mood strikes. Great post! ❀

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    1. It really is, and yes I completely get what you mean. A Conjuring of Light was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, simply because of who it was written by and the fact that it was the last in the series, but it more than exceeded my expectations.
      Ahh, I tend to pick up hyped books the second they’re released but there have been a fair few comments from people who wait a while before picking up hyped books like you do, and hey if it works it works right? πŸ™‚ ❀

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  14. If I know I want to read it, I don’t read any reviews about the book so that I can judge it completely on my own opinion. I will get caught up on a book cover though. I knew Flames in the Mist was talked about a lot but it was the cover for it that actually made me want to read it.

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    1. Ninety nine percent of the time that’s what I do as well. I’m way too influenced by negative opinions and I know if I read too many reviews I won’t be forming my own opinions but mirroring someone else’s.
      With Flame in the Mist it was definitely the cover that caught my eye first, luckily in my opinion the book was just as amazing as the cover was! πŸ˜€

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  15. Hm, I don’t really pay attention to reviews much anymore, so I don’t really pay much attention to hype either. Unless I hear a couple of people saying a book is really good, that’s the only hype I get. And I rarely read newer releases exactly when they come out, so by the time I read them, the hype is pretty much dead or over, so I don’t get the influence. There are some books where the hype was real and some books where I hate the series and don’t get why so many people love them! I think it goes half and half for me, honestly! πŸ˜„

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    1. That’s got to make it easier to go into certain books that may have been really hyped up by the bookish community. You won’t have formed any opinions or expectations and may enjoy the book even more, right? I think at the end of the day as long as you enjoy the books your reading it doesn’t matter if you read them the second they’re released, like I do with hyped books, or much later like you do. πŸ™‚
      Half and half still means there have been hyped books you’ve really loved and that’s definitely a god thing in my opinion. Makes up a little for the other half! πŸ˜€

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  16. Hyped books are hit or miss for me. There have been ones I loved (Dimple Met Rishi), and ones I found overrated or I just was not interested in. I don’t really read full reviews until AFTER I have read a book, because I have a terrible fear of spoilers and any negative comments influencing me (i.e.: making me look for problems in the book).

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    1. It’s the same for me, but luckily I’ve had more hits than misses, and I hope it’s been the same for you as well. πŸ™‚
      Oh I avoid reviews for really hyped books I’m excited for too. I always get influenced by them and if it’s a book I’m really excited for I want to go in blind and form my own opinions, rather than mirroring someone else’s.

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  17. Aaaah, hyped-up books! They are quite an issue!!! The biggest letdown for me in 2016 was The Cursed Child. Too much marketing, I was also mislead in thinking I would be welcomed back to my world, but I could feel there wasn’t J.K. Rowling’s magic in it really.. Anyway, we’re not here for this book’s trial!
    What I tend to do is wait for the fuss to let up. I’ll eventually get the book when everyone is thinking about the next most anticipated story, so my brain isn’t polluted by others’ enthusiasm or opinions. I do read a few reviews, usually from my most trusted readers, so I can decide if it’s worth my precious time!

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    1. They really can be, especially when they don’t live up to our expectations. The Cursed Child seemed to be that for so many people. I was one of the rare ones who really enjoyed it but I do think it helped seeing the play first, which I know not everyone was able to do. It’s a shame it turned out that way for everyone though, it could have been amazing going back to Hogwarts after all these years.
      Yeah a few other people have mentioned waiting for the hype to die down. There have been a few books I’ve done that with, mainly because I haven’t been aware of them when they’ve been released and the hype has been everywhere. Hey if it works for you then it works right? πŸ™‚

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  18. What an interesting topic! I’m still catching up on all the good reads, so most of the time the hype is right in my opinion, but I do have some unpopular opinions and most of those are hyped books, so it goes to say that I was let down by those.

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    1. Thanks so much Eva. πŸ™‚ Yeah most of the time I’ve found the hype is always on the mark for me too, but we’re always going to have an odd few books that let us down. As long as there are more hyped books you love than those you don’t I think you’re in a good place! πŸ˜€

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  19. I definitely think that comparisons are the worst things to do, at times, when it comes down to promoting books. I get why marketing and everything do it: it attracts people, obviously, and help gain more readership, but sometimes the comparisons are just… well they are plain wrong and disappointing, making you expect something you’re not getting. Like that time when everything was compared to The Hunger Games while it was nothing like it?! This always made me a bit mad hahaha.
    I have to admit, I am very much influenced by hype when it comes to reading books or anticipating boooks, but I’m always buying the ones I know I could really love – like WDMR for instance – and when bloggers I trust have loved them so much. Actually, I think that was the last hyped book I read and really enjoyed it πŸ™‚
    Lovely discussion! πŸ™‚

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    1. Based on my own person experience I think comparisons are the worst thing to do as well, but for some reason I just can’t resist them. I know it’s marketing but it’s marketing that works really really well on me. Oh yes, after it’s success everything was compared to The Hunger Games and I think it did literally become a case of comparing for the sake of selling books.
      I get very swept away by hype as well. Like you though I’ve found that when bloggers I know I can trust have read and loved these books I will as well. I’m glad you enjoyed WDMR, hopefully the next hyped book you get swept away with will be another you enjoy! πŸ˜€
      Thanks Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  20. I TOTALLY try not to read reviews of anticipated releases before I read them! I really don’t like getting the reviewers’ opinions in my head because they’re really not MY opinions. Most of the books I read are ones I’ve heard are good — and ones I REALLY want to read are hyped up. I do agree that sometimes we won’t always be satisfied though! Great discussion! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. That’s what I do, most of it is because I find myself getting overly influenced by them too. It’s mainly with negative reviews; things the other reviewers picked up on that I may not have I find myself noticing more when I get around to the book.
      I think as long as we’re satisfied more often than not the hyped books are a success. After all we all read to enjoy, and part of reading is the shared excitement we all have for certain books release dates. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much May! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  21. Hypes can be tricky, the best thing one can do is read the book ASAP before it really sweeps out of control and have an opinion made all on your own. But that’s not always possible, for instance, I haven’t still read Flame in the Mist though it was my most anticipated release. And the hype just keeps on growing, it never stops…
    Right now, the hype for Warcross is out of control and I just want to get my hands on it, like, right now.

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    1. That’s what I try and do with hyped books, but more for the fact that I can’t wait to get around to them than the idea that reading them will held me enjoy them more before the hype sweeps out of control. πŸ™‚
      For me just avoiding reviews works, especially in cases where I can’t get around to the book in question the second it’s released, like you have now with Flame in the Mist, which I hope you enjoy as well by the way.
      Yep I’m seeing plenty of hype for Warcross. Again avoiding the reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads have been working pretty well! πŸ˜€

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      1. Hahaha, I have a philosphy that once I am sold on a concept or somehow convinced I want to read a said book, there is no need to see much more of it’s reviews or anything. Since that’s all these stuff are for. πŸ˜€

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      2. Oh I can be the same at times. There are times where it takes loads of good reviews for me to add a book to my to-read list, but sometimes all I need to see is one glowing review and I’m hooked without having picked up the book myself! πŸ˜€

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  22. I usually find myself agreeing with the hype! (Though I was also a little disappointed in The Crown’s Game.)

    For me, if I find myself getting a little too excited for a book, I head over to Goodreads and try to find a lower rating/review to kind of help me lower my expectations a little. It’s probably not the best strategy in the world, but I have the same problem you described: my excitement sets up expectations that even the best authors couldn’t meet. Reading some negative reviews helps lower my expectations and has helped me keep my excitement from ruining books for me.

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    1. Nine times out of ten I agree with the hype to (The Crown’s Game was the other one time out of ten.)
      If it works for you then I say it’s a strategy you keep going with. I have to admit it sounds like a good way to lower your expectations so you don’t end up disappointed because yeah sometimes no author can possibly meet the expectations we as readers come up with. I don’t think it would work for me simply because I tend to be to influenced by negative reviews, and I’d just end up disappointed in the book because I’d be thinking of the things the negative reviews mentioned and I’d start finding them in the books you know.

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  23. I guess the short answer to how I manage my expectations is that I don’t. I generally actively avoid books that are so overhyped because I always think “they can’t possibly be that good.” I almost missed out on Harry Potter because of this, but I’m glad I gave it a fair chance since it is my all-time favourite series! I tend to put off reading hyped books until the hype has at least somewhat died down, but then I always feel like I’m late to the discussion. Plus it’s hard to avoid spoilers!

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    1. I don’t think I can manage my expectations for hyped books all that well either. πŸ˜€ I always end up picking them up. Sometimes it’s the second they’re released but other times I’ve waited years. The Throne of Glass series was one I almost missed out on, and now like Harry Potter is for you it’s one of my all-time favourites. Funny how that works isn’t it?
      If you can avoid spoilers though it’s got to be better in a way to avoid hyped books for a while, it allows you to form your own opinion rather than taking bits from other peoples. πŸ™‚

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  24. I really have to give myself space with a hyped book! I don’t do good with pressure and if someone is saying “oh what did you think…” or “have you finished it yet” I don’t have space to form my opinions!

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    1. I think that’s a good thing to have. πŸ™‚ When it’s a book I’m really excited for, and it doesn’t have to be a hyped book in general, just one I’m hyped for myself, I avoid all mentions of it. I want to go in as blind as possible so I can form my own opinions like you. πŸ™‚

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  25. if i heard good thing about a book from people i trust i cannot help with my expectations at all, i do let myself being swept away with hyped books because i really hate it when i hate book!! , i read the first book of the mist born trilogy which was so hyped up and it exceeded my expectations it was so good the last book i remember being let down by was the star touched queen i really really wanted to love it the only good thing about it was the writing

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    1. I’m the same, if people I trust the opinions of have loved the book in question I just end up more and more excited about it. I think all of us hate it when we hate books, I guess I’m lucky enough that nine times out of ten I really enjoy the books I read. πŸ™‚
      Oh that’s a shame about The Star-Touched Queen, that’s a book I really loved but I know there are a fair few mixed reviews out there and I get it’s not a book for everyone.

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  26. This is a really interest post! Love the topic! I have definitely suffered a time or two from disappointment caused by a hyped up book!

    I really understand your point on being dissatisfied with The Crown’s Game. I usually try to avoid expecting a book to be “the next” whatever book it compares itself to. Because I find when I expect a book to be like another one (which it will never be because all books are different) it causes me to constantly compare the book I’m reading with the book it is supposed to be like. I think expecting a book to be “the next something or other” doesn’t give the book a chance to shine for it’s own unique story, but rather, just makes the reader see all the areas where it falls short of the book it is being likened to.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah I think hype is something that can go either way, and while there have been cases where we’ve all loved books there are probably more where we’ve been disappointed. πŸ™‚
      I think after being let down one too many times I try and be wary of books called “the next …” but there’s something about it I just really can’t resist. I get what you mean though because if I’d gone into The Crown’s Game not expecting it to be the next The Night Circus I may have enjoyed it a lot more. I guess I’ll never know now but it’s something to think about the next time I go into a book marketed like that. πŸ™‚

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  27. Brilliant post. When a new book comes out, if a lot of people like it and enjoy it. I tend to leave the hype and the reading into the book there. And wait till I’ve read it myself. That way I don’t find out any spoilers and in turn I create my own opinion on the book. Xx

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  28. Over-hyped books are kind of my worst nightmare… I just have such bad luck with them!! I definitely get that hyping up books helps with sales and spreading the word, but when a book is made out to be this super-amazing-one-of-a-kind-treasure and then it just turns out to be alright… well, color me disappointed. Then I end up not enjoying them as much as I probably would have had I not heard any of the hype at all.
    So, because of that I tend to put off reading hyped-up books for a long time/not read them at all. But that comes with downsides too, because then it feels like you are the only one that hasn’t read that book, which kinda sucks.

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    1. Over-hyped books are my worst nightmare as well, luckily I think I’ve found that they’ve tended not to be over-hyped. Sounds like you’ve experienced it the other way around that’s a shame. It’s definitely disappointing when you hear people going on and on about how amazing a book is and then you’re let down when you get around to it.
      I think not reading them for a long time is a good idea, by the time you get around to them I imagine most of the hype will have died down a little. I can imagine being the last to read something does suck, but if you enjoy it more that way that’s gotta be the most important thing right? πŸ™‚

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