Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Posted July 31, 2018 by Zeee in Top Ten Tuesday8 Comments

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Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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Happy Tuesday, Wormies! I’m really excited with the topic for this week because it’s all about HYPE! I absolutely abhor hype and I avoid it like the plague. I honestly don’t read these books until all the books have been released or at least until the hype has died down. I also don’t read reviews on these books because I don’t want to see “squeee” reviews because this will taint my enjoyment in the book when I am ready to read it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997, I was in 12th grade and I was reading adult books. I read HP in 1999 and was charmed and blown away! I LOVED IT! I don’t think there is any other series that I have loved as much as I love the Harry Potter series. This series really deserve this hype.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I only read The Hunger Games a few weeks before the movie came out on audio and WOW! What did I just read? It was really interesting and out there and young people killing each other to win! Nope, the critics weren’t joking – this was an awesome book (and series).


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I can’t pick a single book for this series because all of the books have to read to fully love the series. I honestly didn’t LOVE Cinder when I read it the first time but I soldiered on and listened to Scarlet on audio and I fell in love with the whole world! I think it was the introduction of Carswell Thorne that made me fall in love with this book. SERIOUSLY!


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I just read Pushing the Limits THIS YEAR, PEOPLE! WOW! I can’t believe that this is a YA book! It was real, it was emotional and definitely deserves the hype! I saw a lot of bookstagrammers and bloggers recommend this book a lot a few years ago but since I wasn’t reading YA contemporary, I just ignored it. I WAS WRONG, PEOPLE! WRONG!


Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

As you all know, vampires where the thing a few years ago. I was not happy with the big one that blew up and also didn’t care for the movies really. I also have no idea why I decided to listen to Halfway to the Grave on audiobook in 2015 and… let’s just say that I have reread this book 5 times and I am currently listening to it right now! Yes, I am IN LOVE with BONES.


The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

I have only read 4 of the 7 books in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed the ones that I have read. In fact, my favorite is An Offer from a Gentlemanwhich isn’t the favorite in the series. As with hyped books, when I read Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, I was a little bit underwhelmed. I guess it’s because this was the book with all the hype. Overall, the hyped Bridgertons series lives up to its reputation.


Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

I enjoyed Beautiful Bastard so much that it was one of the books that ushered my love for contemporary romance. Say what you will about this book, but man, I got hooked! I have this to thank for all the amazing contemporary romance books that I am now loving.


Do you love reading hyped books? Which one is your favorite? 


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8 responses to “Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. Hyped books always make me nervous, but I tend to read a lot of them. As a YA blogger, I kind of feel like I have to read popular books to “keep up with it”. Anyway, if any series lived up to the hype it got, it would be the Harry Potter series. Even more than two decades later the series is still going strong and I couldn’t be happier about it. It is really the classic of the generation.

    I haven’t paid that much attention to Pushing the Limits, but I have seen it on a couple of lists today. I might just have to add it to my own TBR!

    My most recent hyped favorite is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I was wary when I started it due to the INSANE amount of hype (even Jimmy Fallon was promoting it with his book club). However, I think that it deserves every ounce of hype it got. The story is beautifully woven with the message that everyone needs to hear nowadays.
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    • That’s true. I’m a more adult blogger and while I love YA, I don’t follow the trends as much.

      I have Children of Blood and Bone on my TBR pile!