1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – This is a case where all the hype made me actively avoid the book. I’m super, super picky about my “journey of self-discovery with Italy as the backdrop” books.
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This will probably will never be my kind of read, although Taylor’s spirited review almost had me convinced to give it a try. I may watch the television series sometime.
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – One day, when I’m in the mood for a thriller…
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I kinda sorta tried to read this. Made it to page 3 before getting annoyed and setting it aside. Plus, it seems like every book lately is said to be “the next Gone Girl” and that makes me cranky.
5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James – Yeah… no explanation necessary. Not my thing. At all.
6. Quiet by Susan Cain – Throwing a nonfiction title in the mix; I’ve heard very good things about this, but to be honest, I can’t imagine it offering up anything I don’t already know.
7. Paper Towns by John Green – I have a borrowed copy waiting for me whenever I decide to give it a whirl. Not sure what I’m waiting for. I do know I won’t see the movie without reading it, though.
8. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young – You know, I don’t even know what this one is about, but holy moly I see references to it at every turn, it seems like!
9. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I keep seeing this one everywhere, and it sort of sounds like a book I’d enjoy (I’m not sure about the alien part, though). Haven’t jumped on board yet.
10. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – So much hype; we even discussed it on The Socratic Salon. I’m afraid to read this one since I DNF’d The People in the Trees. I’m intrigued, but I know it’s going to be a risk…and on top of that, it’s a chunkster.
What do you think? Do any of these live up to the hype well enough that I should consider them “must reads”?