5 Popular Books I’m Afraid To Read

Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope you’ve had a nice weekend and are ready for the week ahead of you. ❤️ My plan is to get as much reading done as possible until Wednesday as I’m participating in a readathon hosted by Destiny and I didn’t read anything the first day. 🙈

But before I dedicate my time to reading and more Queer Eye episodes (I’m not finished with season 3 yet) I thought I’d talk about some really popular books I’m kind of afraid to start reading.

Like, these books are so, so beloved (or already so beloved in the case of one of these books) and I’m just a bit worried I won’t end up loving them as much as everyone else (aka Harry Potter). Here’s what I want to read but also am a bit afraid to read!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book has been pretty much everywhere again recently – especially with the announcement of the upcoming sequel. And it seems like pretty much everyone loves this book and can’t wait for that sequel and I’m just sitting over here, having no idea what the hype is all about as I haven’t read the book yet.

Here’s the thing though. Way back when I first read Fangirl (aka when I didn’t love contemporary as much as I do now) I remember really enjoying the bits and pieces we would get of the fanfiction the character in Fangirl was writing. To the point that I had made it my mission to read Carry On soon. It’s been years since. And as this post shows, I still haven’t read this book. 😂

I think part of it was also the fact that this sounded like Harry Potter quite often and myself back then didn’t want anything to do with Harry Potter. Now, I don’t really care. I just want a fantastic story and this does sound like it might be exactly that!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Having this book up on my list actually pains me. I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I was so excited to read something else by her and now the finale in the trilogy is coming out this year and I haven’t even started reading the first book yet.

Plus, Caro is basically always encouraging me to start reading this already whenever I bring this book up in a post and my answer is always ‘I wish there was an audiobook!‘ *cries* because for some stupid reason I’m intimidated by this around 500 page book (if I remember correctly)?!?! I’ve read books that are 700, 800 and 900+ pages long – why does it seem like such a huge number here???

But yeah, I might just make it my mission to get caught up in time for the end of the trilogy that way I get to binge read this and experience all the god damn feels I’m sure Marissa will make me feel.

Illuminae by Amy Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff

Here’s a more recent addition to my line up. I didn’t have this trilogy high on my TBR at all until I fell in love with Godsgrave and got this urge to read all of Jay Kristoff’s other books.

I love that this is mixed media which is something I’ve never experienced in a book before and I’m sure it’ll make for a fantastic reading experience, plus: I already have the audiobook as Sandra sent it to me ages ago.

This book also kind of feels like it’s almost a classic in the Young Adult age range and something you should definitely have at least given a try once. So, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing! 👍

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo & Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Here we have two books that have been absolutely everywhere for months now and Daisy Jones & The Six hasn’t even been out that long and it’s still pretty much everywhere. People are constantly raving about the narration style (it’s apparently told in an interview setting and the audiobook is supposedly really, really, really good!) and just how good the book is in general. To the point where people finish the book and then go straight back to the beginning to start over.

And while I would like to say that I don’t get swayed by hype too much that’s just a straight up lie. I need to know what everyone else is talking about. I need to know if it’s a book I’ll end up loving, praising and never shutting up about too. So yeah, this is definitely really high on my TBR. I just need to get back into reading again – I’m sure I’ll fly through this!

Last but not least we’ve got another book by the same author that has been on my TBR (and in my Audible library) for months now:

From what I saw, the hype train for Taylor Jenkins Reid started around when people read this book and couldn’t stop praising her for how fantastic it was – at least that’s what it felt like with the people I follow over multiple platforms.

With this book, I feel like the title alone is almost enough to draw you in because surely you’ll want to know more about how she ended up with seven husbands and if there really were seven of them? And why seven? Plus, the appeal of old Hollywood and everything that comes with that. I know it would have been enough to draw me in if I came across this book in the wild!

From what I’ve heard, Seven Husbands also features a female/female relationship which has me quite excited as it’s something that isn’t represented as much. Honestly, this book basically has a lot of fantastic things going for it and I need to know how the author delivers the story.

There we have it. Five rather popular books that I’m kind of afraid to read but at the same time super freaking excited to get to. Have you guys read any/all of them? What did you think? And what are some popular books you’re afraid to get to? Let me know in the comments down below – I can’t wait to hear from you!

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25 thoughts on “5 Popular Books I’m Afraid To Read

  1. Carry On is one of those books that I’ll probably never read. I tried to read Fangirl two years ago and I was so bored with it that I gave it away. I know Carry On is based on the MC’s fanfiction so I feel like I’ll never read it. I hope you enjoy The Seven Husbands. The audiobook is really great.

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  2. I love this post idea so much! There are so many books I’ve been avoiding because I’m afraid they won’t live up to the hype. In fact, I’ve hardly read any YA fantasy because (a) I don’t know where to start and (b) I’m horrible at committing to series and (c) I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed.

    I’ve never read Carry On either. I love Harry Potter, so I think my fear of reading Carry On is that it’ll feel too cheap? I enjoyed the snippets from Fangirl, but when I heard Rowell was coming out with a full book of Cath’s fanfiction, I was just kind of…disappointed.

    I also really want to read Marissa Meyer’s books but again…intimidated by series : /

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    1. I don’t even know what I’d do without my beloved YA fantasy series. xD Though I usually start reading them as they come out so I don’t get behind or have too much to catch up with (I’m constantly intrigued by Cinda Williams Chima’s books but she has so many :O ).

      I think Renegades might be a good place to start as it’s only 3 books in total and there are only two books out so far. I feel like it would be easier to get caught up there. Plus, Meyer’s writing style is super easy and quick to read!

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  3. Oooooh, I would highly recommend Renegades! It’s such a fun, action-packed book! Although the sequel was a bit underwhelming, I can’t wait for the final installment to release! I haven’t read Illuminae yet either, so you’re not alone! The mixed media format greatly appeals to me as well! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I have a copy of the book, constantly begging me to read it from my shelf. Haha.

    Happy reading, Swetlana! ❤

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  4. I was scared to read Carry On too! I didn’t actually like the fanfiction parts in Fangirl so I was like ‘I’m not going to read Carry On” to my friends who have also read Fangirl but the– I saw Snowbaz fanart in eiher instagram or pinterest and I was sold. I actually thought the book would be more romance focused because of this but I loved it!

    Illuminae was another book I was scared to read because of the writing. I ended up loving the different writing but I didn’t fall in love with the story as much as everyone else did. It was solid three star read for me.

    Some of the popular books I’m scared to read are Nevernight by Jay Kristoff,The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Geekerella by Ashley Poston, To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody.

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    1. :O :O

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Snowbaz fanart? Or maybe I just haven’t recognized it as Snowbaz art but now I’m curious! :O

      Okay, about Nevernight. I didn’t end up loving that book but DAMN did I love Godsgrave! I flew through it in one day and it’s a hefty book! Highly recommend it same with Scythe! That’s definitely one of my faves too! AND PLEASE READ ACE OF SHADES. I love that book with all my heart!

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  5. This is such a good idea for a post! 🙂
    The only one I’ve read on this list is Illuminae and… I’ve read it because the community recommended it to me and I’m glad I did, even if it was outside of my comfort zone, it was such a good reading experience! 🙂 I really want to read Evelyn Hugo and Renegades someday, too, both sound so good! 🙂
    Happy reading! 🙂

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  6. I love this post idea! I’m also someone who gets very intimidated by books that become very popular in the blogosphere. For example, I’ve been putting off reading The Fever King even though everyone I know who has read it has loved it. I also feel the same way about Illuminae. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and I haven’t been dying to read it yet I still feel some responsibility to read it.

    The only book that I’ve read from your list is Evelyn Hugo, and I definitely did think it lived up to its hype! I was very skeptical at first because it seemed out of my comfort zone but it was a thrilling read. I would definitely love to hear your thoughts. (No pressure though)

    Happy reading!! ❤

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  7. Ooh I’ve read all of these except for Daisy Jones and the Six (which I really want to read!), and HIGHLY recommend Evelyn Hugo, Carry On, and Illuminae! They’re honestly all up there in my favourites. And Renegades isn’t *amazing* but it’s still pretty darn fun.

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  8. I think Carry On is just a really fun book that does a great job of turning the Chosen One trope on its head! Renegades is actually on my TBR as well, but I’ve decided to wait until closer to the release of book 3 to eliminate the need for a reread. And I really enjoyed Illuminae! The mixed media format is super unique and captivating! I hope you enjoy all these books once you conquer your fear and read them!

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  9. Ooh, I feel this post deeply. Sometimes I feel a sense of trepidation of reading books that everyone loves and then I end up feeling meh over.

    In saying that though, I’ve read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previous books and have been following her work since her debut, and EVELYN HUGO is really unlike her previous work! Nonetheless, EVELYN HUGO is one of my favourite books ever – it’s emotional, brilliantly told, and I think has the capacity to surprise most readers. I really recommend it!!

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  10. Ohhh you really need to read Evelyn Hugo! Back then, I didn’t get what all the hype was about. Then I read it. This book is honestly so good and I haven’t seen a single bad review for it yet.

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  11. Good news, all of these books (except Daisy Jones) are among my favorite books and all 5 star reads so you can count on me to cheer you on to read them 😈 Carry On is such a fantastic comfort read that made me very happy, Renegades has the best, most lovable characters, Illuminae is SO intense I read it in one sitting and Evelyn Hugo really lived up to the hype for me! I love them all 💗

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