Stockett. I know that if I was to say I must be the last person in blog land to read this book, there will be 10 comments that say "oh, I haven't read that yet either". There are however times when it feels as though it must be true, and not just about The Help.
Some times one particular book seems to be popping up everywhere. Maybe part of the reason for that is that as a blogger I tend to gravitate towards the blogs of people who I know have a similar reading taste to me. Some times though, that hype is more manufactured that organic and there are times when it isn't easy to tell the difference.
There are times when seeing the same book over and over again makes me want to go out and get it, and read it straight away, but there are times when it has the opposite effect.Can a book possibly be that good? What happens if I am the only person who doesn't get what the attraction is? It's not the kind of thing that I normally read? And yet, if I hadn't stepped outside of my comfort zone, I would have missed out on some of my favourite reads ever. Books like The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon, and just this year The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (the windy theme of the examples given are purely coincidental!) are both books that I wouldn't have necessarily thought that I would love but I did.
The Help then made several Best of 2009 lists outside of the book blogosphere as well, which bought even more attention to it. At the end of the day, the only way to find out for sure is to actually sit down and read the book to make up your own mind, so I think that is what I am going to do this afternoon. Before I do that though, I thought I would ask a few questions:
Does lots of hype around a book make you want to read it, or is it more likely to turn you off a bit?
Have there been books that everyone else seems to love that make you go meh?
What's the last really hyped book that you read and loved, and wished you had of read earlier?
Are there any new books out at the moment that are getting plenty of hype that you think people should go out of their way to read?
And now I am off to read.... or maybe sleep. You never can tell what is going to happen once I lay down on that couch!