July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic.
1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
When I first read this book I fell in love. I had wanted to read it for so long but had put it off because of the hype. It is hands down one of my favourite books of all time and I am undeniably excited for the release of its sequel, Vengeance, later this year.
2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I bought this book pretty much as soon as it came out. I remember seeing it in a bookshop one day and being so in love with its cover. I ended up buying the UK hardcover online… and then somehow didn’t manage to read the book for four years. I finally read Uprooted this year and was instantly charmed by its fascinating world and lovely writing. I adored this book and am so glad it lived up to the hype because I think it would be so sad to not enjoy this book.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is incredibly enchanting and dreamy and was one of those books I knew I would love before I read it. I’m so glad that when I did finally read it that the hype hadn’t killed it in anyway.
4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The anticipation of Children of Blood and Bone earlier this year was actually quite insane. So many people were excited for it, and even now months later the book has continued to be well received. I was lucky to read and advanced copy of this before its release date but even then I was so happy that it lived up to the pre-release hype.
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I love Jane Austen, she is definitely one of my favourite classics authors. Persuasion in particular is a lot of my colleagues’ favourite book by her and I have heard many stories about their love for this book. I am so glad that I did love this book when I did read it earlier this year – partly because Jane Austen is a queen but also because I don’t think I would have been allowed at work if I had told my colleagues I had hated it.
I feel like most of the books I could use for this week’s topic are ones I actually came across BEFORE I noticed any hype about them (that sounds boasty, but I fell in love with a lot of hyped books before I discovered the places where there was hype about books). But here goes!
1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
I don’t normally go for romance, but EVERYONE was telling me this would change my mind! And it DID! Super cute, even if very gooey. Love the characters and the story.
2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
All the Beckys today! 😛 I did actually read this one just as the hype was beginning, but before it hit its peak. BUT GUYS IT IS SO GOOD AND YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT! I love describing it as Firefly-esque, if the Firefly crew had consisted of alien species too!
3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
I kind of had to wait until this book was hyped to read it because getting it in Australia was HARD! However, it was well worth the wait and the sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Piracy and Petticoats is also EXCEPTIONAL! It’s a fun, rollicking adventure book with fantastic characters, all of whom face challenges in being accepted for who they are in their time period.
4. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
I really wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one. Normally books that get critical acclaim are not as enjoyable for me as ones that just have a lot of internet hype. But it was excellent; I loved every moment. I’d even describe it as having Night Circusy vibes! (Though it is COMPLETELY different….)
5. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
This one recently won The Women’s Prize for Fiction and it was incredibly well deserved. A really wonderful tale based on the Greek tragedy, Antigone, based in the real world of terrorism, both domestic and in Syria. It was beautifully told and a really fantastic account of the world we live in.
Which books have lived up to the hype for you?