July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
This was a pretty tough topic for me to come up with, not because I don’t love a lot of hyped books, but because I have the memory of a goldfish and I really struggle to remember which books from more than the last year or so had a lot of pre-release/ early hype. I’ve fallen back on Goodreads, and chosen 5 highly rated books (over 4 stars) that I really loved, and 5 with a large number of ratings (10,000+) that I also enjoyed.
Have you read these? Did your opinion differ from the general concensus?
Does a lot of hype make you more or less likely to pick up a book?
5 Highly Rated Books
Failure to Communicate (Xandri Corelel #1) by Kaia Sønderby
One of my absolute favourite sci-fi’s ever. I have RAVED to everyone about it.
Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #2) by Intisar Khanani
Intisar Khanani fast became one of my auto-buy authors. Her fantasy world in this series is so rich and layered. I loved the world-building and new locations in this second installment.
Blackout (Blackout #1) by Kit Mallory
This was a brillaint and terrifyingly plausible UK dystopian. It’s an indie, so I’m really pleased that it’s so well liked.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Miller’s writing is beauitiful and her world-building is so good that for both this and The Song of Achilles I kind of just accept these as the ‘real’ myths.
Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher
I felt this was a breathe of fresh air from the previous 3 or 4 books in the series. It brought the sense of fun and adventure back with a magical heist story.
5 Often Rated Books
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K Rowling
Is anyone surprised by this one?
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
Also, not a great surprise.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Along with Wuthering Heights, this is one of my absolute favourite classics.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
So dark and harrowing, but so good.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
While it doesn’t hold up as well as the others on here, this was the book that got me back into YA after a really long break. I gave it 5 stars at the time and I’ll always have a soft spot. I just need to finish the series!