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


You can find the Top Ten Tuesday Prompts at That Artsy Reader Girl

Keep reading to see some of my TTT book photos! Most of these books I heard about on Bookstagram, or through book focused Facebook groups. I read almost all of them in the past year or so and they all got a 5 star rating from me on Goodreads. These titles are listed in no particular order.

1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I was promised magical, lyrical prose and this book delivered. I don’t know what it is about Laini Taylor’s writing, but she makes me care about the romance in a book more than almost anyone else. You can also read my review of the arc of Muse of Nightmares here.

2. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Is there a more talked about YA Sci-fi book right now? Illuminae, and the entire Illuminae files trilogy are truly out of this world. Some of the things I love about the first installment are the plague storyline, the plight of the AI system AIDAN, and the sheer terror the co-authors create on an isolated spaceship. This is a book I reread often, and I can’t wait to see what Jay & Amie write next.

3. Vicious by VE Schwab

I read this very recently in preparation for the sequel, Vengeful,  and I am kicking myself for waiting so long. The characters are truly evil, but also thought-provoking. I find myself wanting them to succeed and fail simultaneously. If you like moral ambiguity this is the book for you.


4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

One of the first books I read when diving back into the YA book sphere was Six of Crows. I kept seeing it all over Twitter and I was intrigued by the heist storyline. I did have to take the first few chapters pretty slow since I was unfamiliar with the world of the grisha, but it was worth it. I love all the primary characters, and this duology made me fall in love with duologies. I truly believe there is something for everyone in this book.

5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I read Name of the Wind several years ago, and I have yet to continue on to book two. I think a part of me wants to wait for confirmation that the series will actually come to a close at some point. However, I really fell in love with this book. It’s a story about stories. It’s a love letter to the ways people share their lives through various narrative techniques. It’s also just a great fantasy tale about Kvothe, another morally questionable character. I’m noticing a theme here!

6. Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, drawn by Fiona Staples

I started reading Saga back when the first trade paperback was released. I haven’t kept up with it since then, but I absolutely love the world and the characters. The first few volumes focus heavily on how literary fiction impacts real life. As a book lover, that is an idea I can’t help but glom on to. I highly recommend this graphic novel if you are looking for a quick read to break up your tbr.

7. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

This is one of my top 3 ongoing series right now. The near future world Samantha Shannon created in these books feels all too real. I love the blend of paranormal, science fiction, and fairy tale. The Bone Season is unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I’m currently running a readalong group on my Instagram!

8. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

People shouted at me to read Scythe for years. They told me they knew I specifically would love the book, and they were shocked I hadn’t already picked it up. Well, they were right! I was so enamored with Scythe when I finally did read it. Another near future full of death, moral quandaries, and some lite romance. Exactly my type of book.


9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

If you have read The Night Circus you know there is really no one good way to describe it. Yes, it is about a circus, but there is so much more going on. It’s about a bitter rivalry between magicians that spans generations. It’s about keeping magic alive through adulthood. It’s about preserving the innocence of children. All of these things and more make this book one to keep around and reread forever.

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The first time I tried to read Cinder, I DNF’d it. The second time, I could barely put it down. I honestly can’t explain the huge shift, but I am so glad I gave it a second chance. Much like Illuminae, this book checked a lot of plot boxes for me. There’s a plague, AI, some mystery, and of course some fun fairy tale allusions. I still have to continue with this series and I am very excited to do so.

Let me know what you think of my TTT list! Any you agree/disagree with? Let me know if there are any other tags you’re interested in seeing on my blog.


13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. I’ve been really wanting to read The Night Circus and The Bone Season, but I’ve been holding them off because of the hype! I’m just so afraid I won’t love them as much as everyone else, and I really want to love them both. So, I just keep waiting, lol. I’m so glad to hear that they managed to live up to their hype for you, though! 🙂


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