TTT: Lived Up to the Hype


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
Av. 4.66
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
Av. 4.49
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
Av. 4.45
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
Av. 4.41
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
Av. 4.56
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
Ratings: 5,537,510
Is anyone surprised by this one?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
Ratings: 1,561,323
Also, not a great surprise.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Ratings: 1,344,088
Along with Wuthering Heights, this is one of my absolute favourite classics.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Ratings: 859,309
So dark and harrowing, but so good.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
Ratings: 523,458
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!

32 thoughts on “TTT: Lived Up to the Hype”

  1. Circe is one I really want to read. I’ve seen nothing but good reviews for it. And I really should read Riordan one of these days- I’ve been meaning to for forever!!


  2. Haha, Harry Potter made my list this week, but you’re the first one I’ve seen it on! No surprise here! 😛

    I’m really looking forward to reading Circe. I’ve heard nothing but great things. And good to hear about the most recent Dresden book – I *just* started the series and have been on the fence, now all of a sudden people keep telling me “oh book 4 is awesome” or “book 15 is the best” and I feel so behind lol.

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    1. Haha! Hearing book 15 (or anything after the first couple) is the best would put me off any series for life 🤣 I think The Dresden Files are good, light easy reads and pretty episodic at first. Its good because by the time you get into the more involved parts you’re invested in the characters.

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  3. I need to start the Dresden Files series over again, I gave up on it after book 3 or so.

    Great list! (And no, I’m not surprised by the inclusion of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.) 😉

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    1. XD
      I’m a bit scared to reread the series tbh. I read it before I’d ever even heard of bookblogging etc and it’s really special to me, but I don’t know how it’d hold up against all the really unique books bloggers have introduced me to…


      1. It’s true, some of our favorite series don’t hold up to our memories. But for me, I want to read the newer books but don’t want to start in the middle of the story, as it were. At least I don’t have any particular memories of the Dresden Files.

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    1. I was a lot older when I read Jane Eyre compared to WH. I don’t know if that made a difference. Staples is exactly the right word! Although I was older when I caught onto PJO too actually 😂


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