Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question of the Week: Which Bestsellers Have You NOT Read?

Hey everyone! Clara Kensie here. A few times a month at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you and the Adventures in YA team to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers and book lovers: craft, career, reading, books, and more. Join the discussion!

Question of the Week:

Source: Nomadic Lass
Jan Lewis: I haven't read The Fault in our Stars. I know, I know! I really need to read it. I generally don't read contemporary books, so I haven't gotten around to it.

Lisa Gail Green: Yikes. Too many, unfortunately. Mostly it’s a matter of getting through my horrifically long TBR list. But most are sequels and I do try to read as many first books as I can between those. So I’m dying to get to the last books in Cassandra Clare’s series, which I adore for example.

Martina Boone: Too many. Reading is the best perk of being a writer. I can read and consider it work, but I still struggle with guilt over that a little bit, as if “just” reading is something I have to justify. I’m forcing myself to get over it, though, and I try to stay current on what is being loved by readers. Right now, I’m behind on the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, which is something I need to remedy. I’m also trying to get to Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City. On the other hand, I’ve been binge reading books that are coming up later this year, and I’m beyond excited about a lot of those. This year has been amazing—so many outstanding books from my favorite authors and new authors whose work is truly exceptional.

Katharyn Sinelli: I just read The Giver last month. To tell you the truth,I put off reading it despite recommendations because the old guy on the cover really creeped me out. It's like there should be a saying about not forming opinions of books based solely on their exteriors.

Alyssa Hamilton: Quite a few but I'll narrow it down. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I have read Eleanor & Park and didn't completely love it, so I think I just put Fangirl off. Maybe when the paperback comes out. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I've started this one but I really really disliked it so I never finished it. I've read 2 of John Green's books and am pretty apathetic towards them so I have no desire to read any more. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The writing style just holds no interest for me so I know I won't be picking it up either!

Clara Kensie: For me, it's a matter of time. I could copy Lisa’s answer and paste it here, except that I haven’t read any of Mortal Instruments. I have the first book sitting right there on my bookshelf, staring at me every time I look up. I really want to read it, but there are so many books in the series, and I know if I start, it will take me forever to finish. Same with Game of Thrones. And there are so many books on my TBR list that are just as excellent as the super-popular books, but haven't made the bestseller lists. Maybe I'm alone in feeling this way, but I want support those lesser-known books by reading them first.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Which super-bestsellers haven’t you read? Why not?


  1. The first one that ones to mind because so many of my students read it was The Selection! I don't have much plans to read it either. Just doesn't interest me.

  2. Since you have a picture of it, I'll admit I've watched the show but not read any of the Game of Thrones books.

  3. I tried to pick up Twilight, but I couldn't get through the first chapter. Just not for me. And it would have been fun to participate in all the madness.I also tried to start the Dark Tower series a few times, because I like a lot of King, but... no. Not hooked. And I wanted to like those, because they're the kinds of things even my non reader friends have read.

  4. Ooooh, good question. I also haven't read Game of Thrones. I want to read The Book Thief and Eleanor and Park.

  5. Last best seller I read was The Hunger Games. I don't read many best sellers because I'd rather give my money to the more obscure writers who need the money far more than the mega-hit authors. I might get around to checking them out of the library someday.

    1. I like to do the same. But I remember being really intrigued about The Hunger Games before the first book ever came out, so I bought it right away as a gift for my daughter. My daughter would say she loved The Hunger Games before it was cool.

  6. There are far too many for me to count. I haven't read any of the Divergent series books, only read The Hunger Games, not the others, The Fault in our Stars, Daughter of Smoke and Bone...sadly, the list goes on for quite a while. But it isn't for lack of wanting to, but time plays havoc with me.

  7. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I want to love this so badly and experience what other's have. I've tried three times in earnest, but about four chapters in, I'm so lost that my interest wanes and I find myself making mental grocery lists. I've heard it's extraordinary, but I'm kind of bummed that it's just not for me.

  8. I hadn't even heard of the OUTLANDER series until last month (I know!Where have I been these past 20 years?) and was shocked to find how many there are, and also how big they are. So, what I decided to do was check out each book from the library, and also check out the recorded version of the book. That way I can listen while I'm doing other things--and hear the correct pronunciation of those Scots Galic words, too!--or I can follow along in the book or just read it on my own. I'm on the 5th book (out of 8) right now.

  9. I personally OWN "The Fault in our Stars" and "The Selection Series", but haven't had time. I have piles of books all over the place! I also want to read "Eleanor and Park" - loved Fangirl! I also need to finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. And then there's . . . and this one . . . oh, and that . . . Um, yeah.

  10. I have not read the last five books in the Harry Potter series. My kids keep begging me to finish them, swearing they get better and better as they go. But the first one just didn't wow me (especially J.K.'s use of adverbs), and the second one was just okay. I also didn't read Twilight, mainly because I tend to shy away from super popular books, but after I saw the first two movies I was glad to have been spared reading them (no offense to Twilight fans). There are more that I haven't read, but those are the ones that stand out.

  11. I totally agree with Alyssa about The Maze Runner. Started reading and I was appalled by how terrible the story was and I'm not interested at all in finishing it or seeing the movie. I've read the first Game of Thrones book and couldn't get emotionally involved AT ALL. How much violence and crass detail do you need to fit into one book?! And there are five?! I am, however, completely addicted to the show. The actors bring something to the stories that George Martin obviously doesn't understand. Not necessarily best sellers, but I'm a fantasy writer and haven't read any of Tamora Pierce's novels. I need to just pick one and start.

  12. Wow, you guys! I'm amazed at how many super-popular books we all haven't read. For some of us it's lack of time, for others it's because a book just doesn't suit our taste. It makes me feel less guilty for not reading some of them!

  13. I haven't read the Fault in Our Stars or Cassandra Clare's series(es!) yet either. Also haven't finished the Divergent series. So much to read, so little time!

  14. So, so many. I guess Eleanor & Park is highest on my need-to-get-to list.


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