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:
- 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.