Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype.

I’ll start my list with the book I’m reading right now:

1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book got ALL the buzz, but I haven’t been reading as much YA lately and decided to pass. Then I saw the movie trailer a few weeks ago, and realized just how much I was missing out on. I picked up the book yesterday, and have read about 350 pages so far. I can’t put it down — it’s that good!

2) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Yes, a ton of people have jumped on the bandwagon ever since the TV show premiered. But it so lives up to all the hype, and remains my favorite books and series.

3) Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (review): Such a sweet, adorable love story! And I thought the movie was terrific too.

4) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (review): I actually hadn’t heard that much about this book before I read it… but once I did and fell in love with the characters, I started to see people gushing over the story everywhere.

5) Cinder by Marissa Meyer (review): Somehow, just based on the cover, I decided this book wasn’t for me, and I resisted reading it for a really long time. I don’t know what finally convinced me to read it, but I was immediately hooked once I did. And I guess it’s a good thing that I held off as long as I did, because I was able to read the first three books straight through once I started!

6) The Martian by Andy Weir (review): Here’s one that I just knew I had to read once I heard about it! A true word-of-mouth success story — and absolutely worth all the buzz.

7) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (review): Everyone said that this one would bring on the tears. Everyone was right.

8) Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant (review): I wasted a lot of breath telling people that I just wasn’t interested in these books. Silly me. I LOVED the entire series, and just wish there were more books set in this world.

9) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review): Another one leading to buckets of tears. Just breathtaking. And I cry every time I read it.

10) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (review): This book was everywhere… and was just delightful, exactly as promised!


What are the best hyped, buzzy books that you’ve read recently? Please share your TTT links!







30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking for new books to read. Do you have any other books I should add to my fall reading list?

  2. I have to agree. Lunar Chronicles and Simon vs. The homo sapiens agenda defiantly lived up to the hype. I also have to admit that Children of Blood and Bone is a hyped book that’s really good. You should check it out sometime!

  3. Yes to Ove! (Although I read it as an ARC so there was no hype when I read it) it’s one of those rare books that I recommend to all sorts of readers (and still recommending years later).

    • It really is a wonderful book, and I was impressed by the movie too. Have you read his other books? I started My Grandmother… and couldn’t get into it.

  4. Every single one of the books on your list that I have read I totally agree with! Especially Outlander haha! I was especially surprised by how much I enjoyed Cinder and The Martian. I never thought I would like a book about a cyborg girl even if it was a Cinderella retelling. And I had never been huge on science fiction and space travel but The Martian was fantastic!

  5. I can’t wait to read The Hate U Give! It’s been on my TBR for a while. Also loved A Man Called Ove and Cinder! I’ll definitely have to check out the others.

  6. I’m scrolling through your list thinking “whoa, this is the first time I’ve ever read every single book on a TTT.” Except, damn, A Man Called Ove is still on my TBR. lol I agree with you on all others so I clearly need to read that one.

  7. Lol it was the movie trailer that finally made me bump The Hate U Give up my reading list (I gave in and listened to the audio book since I couldn’t manufacture any more reading time – I wrote about it here Haven’t read Outlander but I liked season 1 of the show (fizzled on season 2 though). Re Simon, I wonder if I would like the book better because I thought the movie was okay…in general…but something about the characterizations rubbed me the wrong way. Haven’t heard of the others (except The Martian and Ove); The Cinder cover is interesting though and I’m curious about the Mira Grant series. Like the post.

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