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What does Media Hype really say about a book?

This whole business about “hype” and “buzz” gets me riled. I’d love some of that for my books of course. At the same time, I think too much hype can kill a book.

Hyped books that I tried:

Remember the  The Da Vinci Code? Well, I ran out and bought it, read it, hated it, finished it because it was a hard cover and cost so damn much. What a waste of money. Lesson learned: At the very least wait for the paperback or go to the library. By the  way, you can still see Dan Brown laughing all the way to the bank.


The Night Circus. At least I had a Kindle by the time I bought and read this one, or rather tried to read this one, so I didn’t waste as much money. I found the bits I did read boring and confusing. Apparently she wrote this book as a NaNoWriMo project which, if true, explains a lot.



Books I didn’t/don’t even want to try:

Where the Crawdads Sing has been hyped all over the place and each time I see it, I sort of cringe. I’m trying to decide what is so off-putting about the book. I have read the blurb and some of the reviews but–no, not for me. Perhaps it’s the setting, the south, the marsh. Or perhaps it’s the excessive hype itself that pushes me away.


An American Marriage Even President Obama recommends this one, so what’s wrong with me? An American Marriage: A Novel by [Tayari Jones]




I’m going to read American Dirt instead. It’s showing on the “Frequently Bought Together” list.





Under the radar when I found them:

 A Man Called Ove Popular now, but back then, I only learned about it because of my aunt’s A Man Called Ove: The life-affirming bestseller that will brighten your day by [Fredrik Backman]recommendation. I liked it a lot and went on to read more of Backman’s books, some of which I liked better than others.


News of the World I wish I could remember how I came across this book. I’ve read it twice and told News of the World: A Novel by [Paulette Jiles]everyone I know about it. I see that it’s now being made into a movie with Tom Hanks. In my mind he does not suit the role at all. But then, that’s what makes books better–you see the characters how you want to see them.



So far under the radar how did I ever find them?

 419 Again, I wish I remember how I found this. I have Nigerian friends in various parts of the country so I was able to consult with them as I read the story which intensified my emotions as I reacted to this novel. I found a couple of movies with the title “419,” but neither appear to be based on this book.



Mudbound Check Google and you find this question. “Is there a book based on the movie Mudbound?” Mudbound: A Novel by [Hillary Jordan]Now, if that just doesn’t say it all. Yes, I’m angry. The book was published in 2008 and should have received a whole lot of hoopla! The fact that it didn’t is a disgrace.

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