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Book hype on social media

One thing about social media is, it's going to hype something up. It's no different when it comes to reading and all things bookish. Practically anything can be a trend, these days. I'm slightly miffed at this; growing up being deemed as nerdy and not as "cool" as my peers because I preferred reading books and library visits over games and Saturday morning cartoons. Now, reading is the IT thing to do. <insert eye roll>

Because of this, I find myself avoiding the most-talked-about titles that hit the stands. I feel like every book ever written was on the New York Time's Best Seller list, so I use my own judgement on whether it's worth my investment in time and/or money. One book that I recently dived into actually surprised me. The hype was accurate for Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros and I am so happy to be wrong about it. The action started the moment you opened the book; a guy died before the first chapter was even over!

Here's a list of books that I have waiting to be read that fell into the online hype. The summaries sounded good to me, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, that they are an enjoyable read:

  • Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

  • Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Harris

  • Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

  • A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  • Crescent City Series by Sarah J. Maas

I stopped doing an official reading list each month because I've learned that I have to be in the right mood for a certain book. I read contemporary romances by black authors and then after a while I was ready for a break and wanted to be sucked into something more magical with YA Fantasy. This way of reading keeps things interesting for me.

Another thing that I noticed with the bookish crowd on social media, is the constant book hauls (only to turn around and donate them to little libraries?) It's all bizarre to me. My go-to has always been the local library. After all, you've already paid for that with your hard earned tax dollars.

Next time, I'll chat about how I do decide to purchase a book and my strict criteria for it, so I don't get caught in the hype.

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