Following the Hype | Chat with JBelkBooks


I am really in the mood for some ice cream and hot chocolate. 
Hello, friends! Today I am BACK with another Discussion Post to chat about Following the Hype. 


So some of you may be asking, what is this sorcery called “HYPE”?” Well, in long terms short, it’s expressing extreme promotion or exaggeration towards a topic or idea. But in this case, I am talking about Book-ish Hype — reading the same books everyone else is, following only the ‘BEST’ blogs, etc. If you are Following the Hype, you may often find yourself asking, “Is everyone else doing this?” or “How would other people feel if I posted/read this?” And yes, it is sometimes challenging to give in to what others think or do. EVERYONE, at some point, wants to “fit in” and contribute to the commotion that goes around because being left out sucks. But is Following the Hype a positive or negative thing to uphold?

Let’s break it down, friends, with the Pros & Cons (of course, in my opinion):


  • You are always aware of what people are referring to. I say this especially in regards to social media because everyone on Twitter (specifically) usually makes references or “inside jokes” that relate to the newest books or authors. You’ll most likely understand what they are talking about which is pretty helpful in my opinion.
  • You are up-to-date on releases. Again, this ties in with the first bullet about knowing what others are talking about. If you didn’t read that newest release that everyone is raving about, you have nothing to say about it. Which also leads to my next bullet…
  • You will have something to contribute in a conversation. Since you read the book or you know about the author, you can talk with others about it. If you go to a bookish event, you know what you are talking about and you’ll probably have a better time.
  • You can make your own comments or opinions about the author/book. Going off of what other’s opinions probably won’t suit you well, so by reading the novel yourself, you’ll be able to understand what others are speaking of and see if you ultimately agree. I always love a good debate, lol.

OVERALL: You won’t feel left out & you’ll have a front row ticket onto the hype train, lol!


  • EVERYONE IS READING THE SAME THING AND THEREFORE PROBABLY POSTING THE SAME REVIEWS!! This is probably the main reason why I prefer not to Follow the Hype. I don’t know about you guys, but seeing the same reviews on my feed is sometimes overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, more opinions the better. But not when they are all saying the same things… I don’t know, this one varies.
  • There is no variety. In regards to blogs, I like to see more than Young Adult reviews. Again, this may be just a preference point of view.
  • You may come off as biased ESPECIALLY if you are “friends” with the author or something of that sort. Some people know how to cover up their biasedness, and others don’t. Repeating the same concept as others can get repetitive and people may start to realize that what you are saying may just be because everyone else is voicing the same thing — again & AGAIN, preference and personality are key.

OVERALL: You/your blog may be viewed differently & the level of uniqueness is kind of ‘eh’.


That’s actually all I can think of, lol. But anyways, so what’s your verdict? I personally believe that even though I don’t have a lot of Cons listed, that the Pros and Cons are 50/50. I think this subject is based off of pure opinion and personal preferences. Just because you Follow the Hype it doesn’t mean that you are dishonest or something like that. But on the other hand, it is the same for if you DON’T Follow the Hype — reading the same novels, following the same blogs, etc. doesn’t mean that your blog is less worthy or that what you are reading is invalid. Variety and uniqueness is very important to me when I come across blogs, so that’s my main purpose for not completely Following the Hype.

However, there is nothing wrong with being on either side, but like I said there are downfalls to both. I think that I am mostly in the “middle” because I like to read what others are reading just to see what I think about it and to express my own opinions. But I also like to read outside my comfort zone, find other blogs that don’t just post YA reviews, and just being different in general. I do confess that sometimes I do question what I’m reading because I don’t know if anyone will be interested in my review, but then I question myself again because WHO CARES what others think?? Your blog is for YOU, so post what you want to post and read what you want to read.

Overall, this is my message in the words of Haruki Murakami — I could not have said it better than this:



I could go on and on about this topic because it is sort of vague, but NOW I WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS! What is your definition of Following the Hype? Do you hop on the Hype Train when it comes? How do you feel about those who DON’T read the newest releases? Chat with me down below in the comments!!

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…



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26 responses to “Following the Hype | Chat with JBelkBooks

  1. Good post! For exactly the reasons you mentioned, I enjoy doing a bit of both: reading hyped AND non-hyped books. Fortunately, most of the blogs I follow (like yours) kind of do the same, so I’m lucky to be able to read about all kinds of books (though they’re usually in the category of YA fiction).

    P.S. My new favorite phrase is “have a front row ticket on the hype train.”

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  2. Your post has basically told me exactly what I needed to hear right now. I tend to feel the pressure to read the books that everyone is reading, and review YA books all the time. Like you said, sometimes I question what I’m reading, and feel like I should be reading what everyone else is reading. I get really stressed when a new release comes out and everyone’s reviewing it (because I’m a slow reader, and I’ll likely be at least a month behind everyone else with my review) but you’re right – it doesn’t matter at all. Your blog is for you, and you should read exactly what you want and review exactly what you want! Great discussion post 🙂

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    • I totally agree & understand where you are coming from. Like I said, I question myself and like you, feel pressured to read what others are reading just for the sake of my blog. I am, too, a kind of slow reader in comparison to other readers and therefore that makes me a slow reviewer. However I just try to remind myself that it’s my blog and I can read whatever I want and review whenever, lol.
      Glad you found this post useful! Thank you for commenting, by the way! ❤

      -Jess @jbelkbooks

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      • You’re welcome – I definitely found it useful! I’m exactly the same – I don’t know how people have the time to post reviews every other day… I sometimes can’t even finish a whole book in a week. I think I need to just learn that that doesn’t matter, it’s not a race 🙂

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      • Yeeees, we’ll get through it together! I haven’t posted a review in so long, lol xD
        Slow-ish readers unite!!

        -Jess @jbelkbooks

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  3. Great post!
    I think it’s alright to follow the hype sometimes, because you can find some different books and stuff. But I think it’s also good to find your own books. I don’t think it’s good to only read books that everyone else is ready, it’s good to branch out and find some different ones. There are so many good books that just haven’t become popular yet but you’ll never get to experience them if you don’t branch out. But I do agree that it sucks when everyone is reviewing new releases and you haven’t gotten to reading the book yet. All of the reviews can take away the excitement and ruin some of the surprises sometimes.

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  4. I read a mix of new releases and older books. Not many of them are hyped or popular, but I don’t mind. I’m happy to share my love for books that deserve more attention!

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    • Definitely! You’d think that people would rather review novels that haven’t been talked about, but I guess not… And I love that you read such diverse books because then I get to read what you think and it can persuade me to read a novel that you love. Share the love ❤ lol
      Your comment is appreciated!!

      -Jess @jbelkbooks


  5. Hype turns me off. ESPECIALLY on booktube, because I follow the big vloggers (jessereads, katytastic, etc.) and they all post a review/tag/rave video at the same time, and then every other booktuber I follow does the same kind of thing. So seeing the book everywhere makes me not want to read it. I think it kind of kills the horse before it’s bred.

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  6. I don’t usually take any notice of hype – I read what I want and only get around to ‘hyped’ books years later when I come across them by accident, and if they are actually interesting. Course, there are always exceptions…

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  7. Book Hype can be good but when everyone us reading the exact same book I just scroll through my feed because every second post us a review of that book. Also I think book hype can make books a real disappointment when without the book hype it could of been a really solid book.

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    • Great point, Astra. I do agree that a book can be hyped up to the max and that could affect a reader’s expectations. And then of course, if the hype isn’t lived up to, that could lead to a more negative review. However like you said, book hype can be positive if everyone isn’t doing it at the same time…

      -Jess @jbelkbooks

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  8. Personally, I never read a book that is currently hyped, it always seems to be a bad book! I mean, it’s good for the author and publisher because sales go up which means that more authors have the opportunity to get published, but I don’t enjoy it!

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