Top Ten Tuesday July 17: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Learn more about Top Ten Tuesday here! This week is supposed to be Favourite Novellas/Short Stories, but I’m switching it to fit with Popular Opinion Week. So instead I’m doing the topic for later this month, Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype! I’m so excited to talk about some popular books I loved. Almost all of these were five-star reads for me, so clearly the hype is right sometimes!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (4.5 stars)

This book was one of my biggest surprises. I was expecting to like it, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. It’s easily the best YA fantasy I’ve read in a while. It has such great world-building, characters, and writing, and it definitely lives up to the hype.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars)

My love for this book is no secret. It was so good and I loved it so much. I’m so excited for the movie too!!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5 stars)

This is 100% the most magical book I’ve ever read, and possibly one of the best settings ever. I love the setting and the concept, and I actually really enjoyed the pacing and characters, which I know some people have issues with. I highly recommend it!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (5 stars)

I thought I would like this book because my brother highly recommended it and we have similar tastes. But I ended up loving it way more than I thought I would. It’s one of the best SFF/dystopian books I’ve read in a while.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 stars)

I’M SORRY I just loved this book. It deserves every amount of hype it gets. It has great representation and it’s such a heartwarming and heartbreaking book, which is no easy feat.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (5 stars)

This book is somewhat controversial, but I loved it. I think it’s such an important book. It’s one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read, and it’s so interesting to hear everyone’s opinions of it.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (5 stars)

This book was another surprise! I wasn’t expecting a YA book to be so deep and so powerful, and to be so emotionally destroyed by it. It’s such a good exploration of rape culture and slut-shaming and is so so so good. I’m so glad it got the attention it did.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (5 stars)

This book was so beautifully written and so interesting. I was completely in love with this book and it immediately went to my favourites list.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (5 stars)

Another beautifully written book that explores such interesting topics. I honestly mainly read this book because of the cover, and luckily the book inside was just as gorgeous.

Fight Club by Chuck Palanhiuk (5 stars)

I know everyone’s seen the movie, but the book is so good and so worth the hype. The movie actually does a really good job following the book, but the ending of the book is better than the movie. And it’s so good.

So those are the popular books I loved! Have you read any of these? Do you agree with any? Let me know!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday July 17: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. I need to read Evelyn Hugo and THUG. Hopefully, I can get to it before the movie is released.
    I think I’m one of the few people who hasn’t seen fight club!

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  2. Completely agree with THUG and The Female of the Species! So glad I listened to the hype on these two 🙂

    I’m finally close to the top of the Evelyn Hugo wait list! I think I only have to wait 3 more weeks and hopefully, I’ll be able to join in on the hype!

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  3. II really want to read Red Rising, especially after your review, it is on my TBR list but I may have to move it up! Also, Little Fires Everywhere is an amazing book, I’m so glad that you liked it!

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  4. I LOVE that the Night Circus made your list. I know for a lot of people it was too hard to get invested in the story, but I couldn’t agree more about it being such a magical read. I can STILL envision some of the scenes and would die to be able to get into some of those tents!! I also ditched this week’s topic, but I did one of my own: celebrity autobiographies. Feel free to check it out here:

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  5. I finally got around to reading The Night Circus (well, listening to) and I loved the second half of the book so much. For the first half, I enjoyed the descriptions of the circus, but I wasn’t invested in any of the characters until after Marco and Celia properly meet. After that? I was hooked. 🙂

    Some of these others are on my TBR, so I’m excited to get to them!

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