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10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype – Top Ten Tuesday #22

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype’, I’m pretty much way behind the curve on all reading trends at the moment so I have a lot of hyped books in my TBR, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. to add to this, most of the books I read nowadays are ARCs so there is no hype yet. Despite all this, I manage to scrape a few together – here we go!

Collins, S - Hunger Games10. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So, I remember there was a time of hype for this book, but that was probably because of the movie. Either way, back in the day, when my love affair with dystopian fiction was at its height and the term YA was only peeking its head into prominence I picked up Collins’ book and loved every second.

Rowling, J. K - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone9. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

So, this was a risky one to put in because … I mean, I don’t even know if you’ll have heard of it but well, when I was growing up there was this little-known series called Barry Trotter or … something. It did okay.

The books are pretty good.

Martin, G. R. R. - A Game of Thrones8. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The TV show created most of the hype sure, and I was going through my puritan phase of absolutely point blank refusing to watch anything without reading its book adaption first. needless to say, I’m stubborn as hell and at 50% of the fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire and I still Haven’t seen the show. The books are great, but heavy – both literally and metaphorically.

Clare, C - City of Bones7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I was unaware of the hype though I am sure there must have been one and I happened to be living under a rock. I literally do not know how I came across this series. I mean, it’s driving me insane but I just have no idea – I’m glad I did of course but I like to trace these things back to their source and I can’t with this one.

Maas, S. J - Heir of Fire6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I was not especially impressed with the first two books in this series, and actually put Crown of Midnight down for a bit but after seeing all the hype I rejoined the fray and thank goodness I did because this book saved it for me, it really did and it’s only gone up from there. I wonder why. Rowan. 100%, that’s why.

Pulley, N - The Watchmaker of Filigree Street5. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

I had eyed up this book for many a bookstore visit before I eventually bought it and I distinctly remember every time people (both Waterstones employees and their customers) walking by and telling me how great it was. I’m talking many. at this point in my life, I’d been to the bookstore a lot and no other book had elicited such a strong reaction from the general populace to my reading choice.

Meyer, M - Renegades4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Again, I missed the hype boat for this one too, though I don’t imagine it was as big as The Lunar Chronicles (which, incidentally, I haven’t read yet either). I ended up loving it, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

I’m surprised I didn’t hear more about it, to be honest.

Christo, A - To Kill A Kingdom3. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

The current hype around this book is well-deserved, a really amazing debut novel that I just loved and it cured my reading slump to boot.

I was so happy to receive an ARC from NetGalley, so I guess it may not really count but meh, it should. I got to contribute to the hype.

Finnemore, J - Cabin Pressure2. Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore

I’m hoping there was a hype when it first came out because this show/audiobook is amazing and deserves to be hyped. It’s pre-Benedict Cumberbatch becoming crazy famous I think, which should be enough reason for anyone to listen to it. Either way, I missed the hype but I listened to this this year and adore it.

Ahdieh, R - Flame in the Mist1. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This was included in a Fairyloot box (which I can’t afford to subscribe to but still follow)  and there was so much subsequent hype in my Instagram feed I just had to try it and man, it was worth it. So worth it.

Mulan is my favourite Disney film so I – I just loved it. there are no more words.

Have you read any of these? Do you think they lived up to the hype? What about that Barry trotter book, did you hear about that one too? No? Just me? Don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!

Until next time!

18 thoughts on “10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype – Top Ten Tuesday #22

    • Ahh gawd, thank you for telling me – I had a nightmare the other week when I accidentally deleted over half (about 80%) my media library on here (note: it’s irretrievable in case you didn’t know) and I tried to fix it but i know some slipped through the cracks – thank you!

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    • I missed any hype for TMI but young me (who had fallen out of reading since the start of high school) was happy for the new lease of reading life – and me too, I’m just worried it won’t be as good as I remember (and I don’t want to go through Catching Fire again)


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