Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Today’s topic is “popular books that lived up to the hype”. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty difficult to come up with this list. Hence, why yet again, I’m only going to talk about 6 books when this is called “Top TEN Tuesday”. Needless to say, I don’t have the best track record with hype books. Not that I think all hyped books are bad, just that some don’t quite live up to the buzz surrounding them. Anyways, enough about that. Here are 6 hyped books that I loved. Sort of.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
In short, I loved the unique formatting and the story it told, even though the first book wasn’t as mind-blowing as people seem to claim. (The series got better as it went along, imo).
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Okay, I’m cheating a little with this one. When I read TCP there wasn’t a whole lot of buzz around it because I was lucky enough to snag an ARC from NOVL. But because I’m guilty of helping the hype grow, it still counts and belongs on this list, right?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
To be fair, it wasn’t so much the hype around the book that made me pick up Nevernight, but more like the hype around Jay Kristoff’s writing (which lives up to the hype 99%). Nevernight wasn’t what I was expecting, but in a good way. And now I’m stuck, desperately waiting for Darkdawn (book #3) to be published.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This is another weird one. I bought it before the hype became a monster because Kendare Blake did a panel with some authors at my local Barnes and Noble. But I didn’t actually read it until after the hype had started to build so I’m keeping this on this list. It was such a great read, but I still have to read book #2. Oops?
Saint Anything & Sarah Dessen
So Saint Anything isn’t exactly the most popular YA contemporary or even the most popular Sarah Dessen book, but it is what made me fall in love with Dessen’s writing. Everyone hyped her up as the Queen of contemporary but I didn’t get to see what they meant until I read Saint Anything. It’s still one of my favorite contemporary novels to this day.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
All you should take away from this list is that anything Amie Kaufman or Jay Kristoff is/are involved in is bound to be good, or at the very least, interesting.
Well, that’s it for me.
What are some hyped books I should read?