Top Ten Tuesday #170


Hi guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week since I last did one of these. I’m getting back to normality after an intensely bookish weekend at YALC and let me tell you, I do not enjoy it so much! It always seems like YALC takes forever to come around every year and then goes by in a flash.

Anyway, as today is Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we are talking Popular Books That Are Worth The Hype, which I think is a great topic because so often I read popular books that let me down, so it will be awesome to share the ones that matched or even exceeded my hyped expectations. Here we go then, my Top Ten Popular Books That Were Worth The Hype:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi

Starting off with a super recent one, it seemed like everyone was talking about this book for a long time after it came out and I finally got around to reading it just a couple of weeks ago. All I can say is WHOA. I totally get now why everyone loves it so much and I seriously need the next book ASAP.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

I kept seeing ADSOM appear on people’s top ten lists, I think back in 2016, and it sounded interesting so I thought why not add it to be TBR. Best thing I ever did, because I LOVED it and VE Schwab is now one of my absolute favourite authors and writing idols, so thank you to every blogger who said her books were amazing (I’ve also met her I think three times now, what is this life????).

3. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo

Another one that absolutely EVERYONE seemed to be talking about, so when I found out my friend at Uni who has very similar book taste to me loved this book, I just had to read it. Again definitely a great decision because a year later and I am devouring everything Leigh Bardugo that I can find and am completely obsessed by the Dregs, so much so that I was getting excited along with everyone else when she announced there would at some point in the future be a Six of Crows 3! I need more Nina and Jesper darn it!

4. Legendary-Stephanie Garber

I probably should have gone with Caraval since that’s the first in the series, but I decided to go with Legendary as that’s the one I liked better. YOU GUYS, THIS BOOK. I mean the first one was good, but this book is a whole other level of awesome, the world gets bigger, darker, twistier and our narrator is Tella this time, who is just…..amazing, I love her. READ THIS BOOK (And Caraval of course) if you haven’t already.

5, Throne of Glass series-Sarah J Maas

So I actually read the first two of these before I even really knew who Sarah J Maas was and that her books were massive in the blogosphere, I was a newbie blogger at the time and wasn’t really aware about the hype surrounding books yet? Anyway now her books have kind of blown up into the stratsophere and all I can say is that they are so worth it, this series is amazing and I can’t wait to see how it all ends in October.

6. The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

A rare standalone on my list! The Book Thief is one of my favourite books of all time and I’ve heard so many other bloggers say the same, it’s one of those universally beloved books that can be a bit daunting to read if you’re new to it because you know how much everyone else loves it. All I can say is: do it. The Book Thief is an incredible book, so sad, so moving and just a genuinely beautiful story that you absolutely need in your life.

7. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

I’m gonna go super hipster here and be like “I read this before they were popular”. It’s true though, I picked up the first book from Waterstones, I think not long after it had been released and just totally fell in love and wanted to devour the next one as soon as possible. By the time I started blogging, the third one had been released and I realised there were other people like me out there who loved this series. If you like slightly odd, creepy books with a focus on friendship then definitely read this series!

8. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

I can’t even with this book. It’s just so unbelievably sad and yet SO, SO Good. It’s focused all around female friendship, zero romance, and it has one of the best, most beautiful friendships I’ve ever read in any book period. You will fall in love with the characters, you will laugh, you will cry and you will wonder how it was possible to have your heart broken so completely by a book. Read it. The pain is worth it.

9. Any and all Rick Riordan books

Rick Riordan writes the most funny, most amazing middle grade fantasy I think I’ve ever read. As a Greek mythology nut as a kid, his books were absolutely perfect for me and even now at 21, I’m still reading and enjoying them because his writing is just so darn good. If you like mythology, doesn’t matter what age you are, you should definitely pick up a Rick Riordan book, you won’t regret it (Percy is worth it!).

10. Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton

Another Jo being a hipster story: my friend and I met Alwyn Hamilton our very first year at YALC before Rebel had been published. We really liked her and liked the sound of her story so we entered to win a manuscript copy (spoiler alert: we did not win). Anyway, almost a year or so later when her book came out, I read it, loved it and then it seemed to explode all over the blogosphere. It’s such a creative mix of Wild West and Arabian Nights and so fun and fast paced, if you haven’t read it already you must! (and if you ever get the chance to meet Alwyn, go, she’s a sweetheart).

So there we go, Popular Books I’ve Read Which Were Worth The Hype. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Does anyone disagree with me? (that’s okay, we’re all friends here!) What books have you read that you think are worth the hype? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books We’d Mash Together, which I’m not quite sure about, so I may change it, we’ll see. In the meantime, I will definitely have my promised Children of Blood and Bone for you guys soon, my laptop charger is broken and I can’t commandeer my parents’ computer for the length of time it takes me to write reviews! The new one is arriving tomorrow though, so the review will definitely be up before the week is out.

37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #170

    • iloveheartlandx 01/08/2018 / 10:39 am

      It’s so good, you definitely should. Ah you have so many great books coming up, I hope you enjoy them all. Yes, The Book Thief is amazing. Thank you!

  1. Poinsettia 31/07/2018 / 3:35 pm

    I’d really love to read Six of Crows and some V.E. Schwab! I haven’t managed to get to them yet. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/08/2018 / 10:38 am

      I hope you enjoy both! Thanks, I’ll check it out šŸ™‚

  2. Rissi 31/07/2018 / 4:07 pm

    I love seeing “Six of Crows” on multiple lists today! It’s still one of my anticipated TBR books. Just have to make the time to give it a read. šŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 01/08/2018 / 10:38 am

      Ah yay, it’s so nice when that happens! Hope you enjoy it šŸ™‚

  3. bookschiefmanaged 31/07/2018 / 4:49 pm

    I have all Rick Riordan books on my TTT as well! And I love A Darker Shade of Magic, Legendary, Throne of Glass, and some others on here. Great taste in books! šŸ˜€

  4. kozbisa 31/07/2018 / 11:44 pm

    I had SoC and SJM on my list too, but The Raven Cycle and Caraval almost made my list. All were fabulous and lived up to the hype for me.

  5. 1girl2manybooks 01/08/2018 / 1:37 am

    So many good choices! Six of Crows is fab. I really need to read Children of Blood and Bone. I also adored Rebel of the Sands – I bought it knowing nothing about it except that I thought the cover was beautiful and I was amazed how much I ended up loving that trilogy.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/08/2018 / 10:23 am

      Thank you! Yes it is. Oh you absolutely should, it’s so amazing. Oh that’s awesome, Rebel of The Sands is so great šŸ™‚

  6. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1) 01/08/2018 / 11:58 am

    You’ve made me so curious about Verity bc I haven’t actually read too many reviews of it that liked it. Great list, and some titles I should have read ages ago!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 10:11 am

      Oh really? I know so many people who loved it! Thank you šŸ™‚

  7. Kelly W 01/08/2018 / 1:51 pm

    I don’t actually know if I read TRC before it was popular or not because I think I only really discovered all the hype after (not sure if it wasn’t there before or if I just… somehow didn’t notice it?) but I’m going to assume it was already popular because it had been out for a few months at least when I picked it up. (Sometimes you just… accidentally don’t notice hype. Or at least, I do that. I live under a rock, I guess.)

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 10:10 am

      I mean like I said, I wasn’t a book blogger when I read it, so if there was hype, it wasn’t on my radar, but I hadn’t heard of it before I picked it up, so I don’t think it had been out that long.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 10:09 am

      One of mine too, I only started reading her books about two years ago and quickly became obsessed! Thank you šŸ™‚

  8. Ashley Sapp 01/08/2018 / 7:23 pm

    I keep hearing such good things about Children of Blood and Bone. I definitely need to check it out.

  9. Aj @ Read All The Things! 01/08/2018 / 9:22 pm

    The Book Thief made my list too! ADSOM is another favorite. Most of the books on your list are on my TBR. Hopefully Iā€™ll get to them soon.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 10:06 am

      Both such good books! I hope you enjoy them when you do šŸ™‚

  10. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 01/08/2018 / 9:44 pm

    This is such a good list! Shades of Magic and The Raven Cycle are my favorite series, but honestly I love almost everything you named here!

  11. Kay Wisteria 02/08/2018 / 12:51 am

    Ahh SoC and Rick Riordan ā¤ ā¤ happy reading!!!

  12. Andie @ Andrea's Nirvana 02/08/2018 / 10:19 am

    I agree with a bunch of these!! COBAB is absolutely amazing, SoC is stunning and The Book Thief is just… an emotional rollercoaster but still gorgoeous. Love this post!

  13. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 02/08/2018 / 7:15 pm

    I love me some Riordan. I’m only just now getting around to his Magnus Chase series and I have no idea why these languished in my TBR pile for so long. His books are always so dang fun.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 9:53 am

      Yes they are! Always a great pick me up after reading a few heavier books šŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 9:50 am

      Yes, me too! It should definitely be more of a thing than it is.

  14. Tessa G. 03/08/2018 / 4:24 am

    We have a lot in common on our lists! I had COBAB, Six of Crows, and ADSOM on my list (plus ACOTAR from Maas instead of Throne of Glass). I also think that Riordan’s work is always worth the hype, even his newer works beyond Percy Jackson. The Magnus Chase series is REALLY good and I am looking forward to the other authors and their mythologies that he is promoting with his imprint. I haven’t read Code Name Verity or Caraval/Legendary yet, but they are both on my TBR!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2018 / 9:49 am

      Yay! They are all such amazing books. Yes, I love Rick Riordan’s books, the Magnus Chase series was awesome and I can’t wait to check out the authors from his imprint either. Oh you are in for such a treat when you read them šŸ™‚

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