Top Ten Tuesday #54: Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Posted July 31, 2018

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This week the topic is…

Popular Books That Have Lived Up To The Hype

Sorry for the silence recently, it has been a challenging couple of weeks. Anyway, I’m here and I’m excited about today’s post. All too often I delay reading books because of the hype. I mean, I want to read them but I kind of want to go in on my own terms, without the pressure of the hype – does that make sense?

Anyway, I decided to go rogue in today’s post and share 5 books which lived up to the hype and 5 that I haven’t yet read because of the hype. So here goes!


Popular Books That Have Lived Up To The Hype

The whole A Song of Ice and Fire seriesWhen I first read these books the TV series had just begun and my friends were telling me that I *had* to read the books. I’m so glad I did and I’m glad that I did when I did. I try not to be one of those “you need to read the books” people whenever anyone mentions loving the TV series but I totally am. I just can’t help myself. You need to read the books, guys!


In my opinion, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is worth every single word of hype! I posted about it here. It’s a YA novel that everyone should read.


 I finally got around to reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale a few years ago. It’s a book that I felt was very hyped at the time that I read it; of course now with the TV series that hype has further exploded. I’ve not watched the TV series so I can’t make a comparison but if you want to read my thoughts on the book click here.


When I first starting reading book blogs it seemed that there was one book or series that was forever being recommended, appearing in Top Ten Tuesday etc and that’s Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles.  It was everywhere I looked, with so much hype surrounding it. So, I took the plunge and didn’t regret it.


Salt to the Sea might not seem an obvious choice for this, but everywhere I looked on book blogs, BookTube, people were raving about this book. I really wanted to read it but was worried that my expectations might be too high. They weren’t. Two years on, I still think about this book. Find my thoughts on it here.


Books I Haven’t Read Yet BECAUSE Of The Hype

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I need your advice please – which of these five live up to the hype?

What books do you feel have lived up to the hype?