Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype


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Popular books. Hyped books. What was the last hyped book that you read and loved? Not many popular books for out for me, but here is a list of hyped books I can only recommend.







The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Goodreads stats:  4.56  ·  171,394 Ratings  ·  28,773 Reviews ·  Review

This book deserved ALL THE STARS and should be on the mandatory reading list of every middle school and high school. The story is on point, current, chilling, heartbreaking and eye opening for anyone who doesn’t experiment this life every day. It’s a MUST READ for everyone!!!


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Goodreads stats:  4.07  ·  15,608 Ratings  ·  3,608 Reviews ·   Review

I’m a HUGE fan of everything unique, in this case it’s a heroine with Asperger’s. Not only did that pique my curiosity, it reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Rosie Project. Helen Hoang’s debut novel was enchanting, sweet, romantic, and utterly heart-warming. I’m blown away by the author’s writing style, which was crisp, eloquent and impressive. TKQ was a wonderful debut, and a solid performance by the author, that promises of even better things to come.


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Goodreads stats:  4.28  ·  6,476 Ratings  ·  1,223 Reviews ·  Review

I don’t usually go for women’s fiction. Two of my criteria are a guaranteed happy ending and romance or at least a love story. That’s just how I roll. I can hardly describe the way this book made me feel. If you love a great love story. A story that is so much more.  An epic tale about love, loss and forgiveness. A love that conquers all, by touching hearts and minds. Then this book is for YOU!


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Goodreads stats: 4.07 ·  67,145 Ratings  · 11,434 Reviews ·  Review

This debut novel was a wonderful and captivating old school mystery, it was a perfect and entertaining blend of “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club”. On top of it, it had a cast of likable characters that had layers, growth, and spunk. Combined with twists and turns that I did not see coming, One of Us is Lying was everything I hoped for.




Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda(Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads stats: 4.34 · 158,489 Ratings  · 24,570 Reviews ·  Review

From the very first word on I was enthralled. The author’s wit but especially her humor had my complete attention. I’m not kidding when I say that with the first few sentences I KNEW that I would love this book. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a perfect combination of a coming of age as well as coming out story that was funny and touching at the same time.


The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

Goodreads stats: 4.15 ·  8,109 Ratings  · 1,048 Reviews ·  Review

STUNNING. MASTERPIECE. RAW. UNPUTDOWNABLE. EVERYTHING, scene, chapter, and twist was plotted to the very last detail. The flow of the story was incredible, like music it entranced, and pulled me in. Every twist and character development was extraordinarily well thought through. This story was more than just complex. It was the motherland of complexity. I’m still in awe!!!!


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Goodreads stats: 4.24 ·  513,975 Ratings  · 36,660 Reviews ·  Review

BLL was funny, poignant and so on point regarding school politics and crazy parents that I can only applaud the author. I’ve seen it all and honestly it’s not that far fetched or much exaggerated. The novel had the perfect mix of funny and snarky dialogues, and a hilarious bunch of over-the-top moms. It’s way better than the TV show – and I can only recommend the audiobook, I listened to it twice and cracked up every time.


The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Goodreads stats: 4.65 · 203,037 Ratings  ·  13,501 Reviews

When I picked up The Way of Kings I had no idea how much I would love it or that I would be so consumed by a fantasy novel that the wait for the next book is unbearable. This series is a MUST for anyone that loves fantasy. It’s unique, spellbinding, complex, vibrant,  and powerful. I’ve NEVER read a series like this before, and I can promise you, neither have you!! This series is the ultimate fantasy series and it comes with it’s own wiki archive. One word – EPIC!!!


Circe - Madeline Miller


Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Goodreads stats: 4.28 ·  40,171 Ratings  ·  4,859 Reviews ·  Review

Written in Red is the first book in a series of five and it blew my mind. I literally fell in love with the main characters and the entire cast. It’s a slow burn and the romance is not what drives this story. It’s the characters, their growth and relationship with each other that makes this series outstanding. There were so many unique characters and creatures in this cast, personalities that were distinct and utterly fascinating. I cannot encourage you enough to read it.


It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads stats: 4.41 · 129,490 Ratings  · 19,509 Reviews

OMG this book was a head twister. I hate that the author made me care, but I also admire her for her excellent writing skills. This book is the best example of what a master storyteller can do. The author made me care about someone and afterwards pulled the rug from underneath me. I wanted to throw my kindle out the window, but on the other hand I will never forget all the feelings that came with this book. The highs as well as the lows.


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Goodreads stats: 4.08 · 57,020 Ratings  · 8,754 Reviews

It’s not a secret that this novel is controversial. But that has never stopped me from reading a book. I rather enjoy reading outside the box. And since it’s a work of fiction, I perceive it as such. What makes this novel outstanding is the excellent writing, fascinating characters and the unique storyline. The  most original facet of this book are the multiple POVs from supporting cast members. It’s utterly different and gives the novel an amazing inside into people’s mind and how they perceived the main characters. Truly UNIQUE!!!


Circe by Madeline Miller

Goodreads stats: 4.38 ·  32,669 Ratings  · 5,787 Reviews ·  Review

I totally read this book because of peer pressure. I saw it on IG and had to know what the hype was all about. Greek mythology guarantees harrowing times for anyone. But especially for heroes and women. Gods are fickle and they don’t let anyone forget it. CIRCE was a fantastic retelling about a character that I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I did about others. It was fascinating, enthralling and entirely entertaining.



The Martian (The Martian #1) by Andy Weir

Goodreads stats: 4.4 · 611,388 Ratings  · 65,677 Reviews  

This book was the epitome of entertainment. With LOL moments, fascinating scientific facts and a main character that carried the entire novel by himself, The Martian deserves all the credit and so much more. Even so the movie was fantastic in its own way, the book as it’s often the case so much more complex and detailed. I was at the edge of my seat more than once. I felt every set back, cheered on every win, and just hoped he would make it at the end. It was a race against the odds. Human vs Mars – and I loved every minute of it.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Goodreads stats: 4.35 ·  359,020 Ratings  · 46,575 Reviews

This book was utterly entertaining. A true gem. It’s no secret that I love cantankerous and quirky characters. And Ove was the epitome of one. He was and old cranky, and monosyllabic man, but deep down her cared in his own way. It gook a patchwork cast of people to draw him out, and give him a reason to life again. His relationships with these characters, that annoyed him so much at the beginning was what made this book so absolutely endearing. One of my most favorite books in a long time.


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Goodreads stats: 4.23 ·  52,529 Ratings  · 9,161 Reviews

I had a lot of fun with this office romance that had some of the best banter EVER!! The chemistry and personalities of the two main characters just worked. They meshed so well. It all felt utterly smooth and well thought through. I liked the authors voice and writing style. In my eyes it was one of the best debut novel of the year and should be on everyone’s reading list.


Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John HargroveHoward Chua-Eoan

Goodreads stats: 4.22 ·  3,871 Ratings  · 569 Reviews

This book needs to be read by everyone. I don’t even remember anymore how I came to it. I think it must have been a NPR podcast, but wow – that’s all I can say. This book and the documentary Blackfish started a movement that has changed how companies like SeaWorld handles and breeds their animals. By the end of the book I was disgusted with their practices but also ashamed that we as customers helped them justify this behavior. I know that his book might not be for everyone but I’ll never forget it.






Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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17 thoughts on “Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. I’ve read five of the books on your list and wholeheartedly agree with them living up to the hype! Love and Other Words, The Martian, The Hating Game, A Man Called Ove and It Ends With Us all are on my favorites list. And, I listened to all of them.

    Great post, Corina!

  2. Great post Corina!

    I really want to read The Hate U Give and need to move it up my list. I have Circe and now I better look at reading it soon too. Loved Big Little Lies, A Man Called Ove and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  3. I only read IEWU. This book felt different from her other works and might be my favourite. I hate that too – when a character that seemed almost perfect turns out to be someone we shouldn’t be rooting for.
    So many great titless I haven’t read yet. Just added them to my TBR. I should stop reading these kind of posts. 😀

    1. IEWU broke my heart, but the author also mended it in the best way possible. I just wasn’t prepared at all of such an emotional ride. She truly took me by surprise. That’s an amazing feat right there. If you ever get to read some other books from this list, let me know. 😊

            1. There are certainly differences – I’ve come across some amazing narrators – others I couldn’t stand and DNFed immediately. But I had some lucky picks so far. 😀

              1. That’s good. Hopefully I can pay more attention and pick a few with some great narrators when I decide to give audiobooks a try again. I had a free trial of audible already, and have been scared to spend money on audiobooks.

                1. There are sometimes some great audible deals available. But I always suggest check your library first. I get most of my audiobooks through the Overdrive app directly from my library. 😊 and sometimes Amazon offers the read&listen option. That means you’ll get the ebook and audiobook at the same time.

  4. Great post! I hate when I read a book that’s all hyped up and it just doesn’t do it for me. But, readers are different so that makes it easier for authors. If some don’t like it, others will.

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