Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Top Ten Books: Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype

This week’s topic is popular books that have lived up to the hype. We’ve probably mentioned a lot of these before but #YOLO. There’s no such thing as fangirling too much about books, right?


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Yeah, so we both read these as kids when they first came out but even in the series’ early days the hype for this series was real and ACCURATE. Raise your hand if you think Teagan and Jess MUST go to Harry Potter World together? #BringUsButterBeer

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

I was a bit late to the Throne of Glass game. Why? Because despite the hype I hated the covers. But everyone was right and I immediately fell in love with Slayena and Fleetfoot. I love the world and character development in this series.

The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon

While the hype for this book isn’t as large as many big name YA books, for a while The Bird and the Sword  was popping up on all the blogs, websites and lists I stalk for best fantasy romance… and YEP, they were right. I love Lark, Tiras and this book so much. If you haven’t read it please stop what you are doing and read it now!


Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

This book is so beautiful – the writing, the characters, the plot!! I love it all. It earned every inch of hype and continues to do so. The romance <3.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

I didn’t think Leigh Bardugo could possibly do better than her Grisha Trilogy and refused to believe the hype. I went into Six of Crows expecting greatness, I mean it is Leigh Bardugo, and what I got was perfection and a new obsession. No mourners, no funerals.


In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

I love true crime and this is a gorgeous true crime book. It is delivered in a way that you feel like you are reading fiction. This book and Capote were slammed for being too infatuated with the perpetrators, but I really enjoyed the way that it was done.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

I feel like all I have done since I started this book is fangirl about it and try to get everyone to read it. It’s hard for me to believe that I didn’t get to this one sooner and on my reread I am going to take my time because I know there are so many details I missed.

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

I’m originally from New Mexico so I have to give a shout out to a local author. Yes, No Country for Old Men was amazing both written and the movie, but All the Pretty Horses made me miss home and remember the rich history that extends from there down through Mexico.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Yes, I know lots of people hated this one and the field is pretty 50/50. I am on the LOVE side of everything Flynn writes. Unreliable narrators are my favorite (hence being a Poe fan) and dark & twisty is just my thing.

Pestilence – Laura Thalassa

We talk about Thalassa a lot because she is an amazing writer. Pestilence was brutal, but I like brutal. Plus, paranormal is a genre that I hold dear, even if it is disappearing. I didn’t think there was a possible way I could ship these two when they were setting each other on fire, but Thalassa made it happen. Magic people. Magic.

What are some popular books that lived up to the hype for you? 

57 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

  1. How on earth did I forget to put Throne of Glass on my list. 😦 It’s one of my favorite series and I forgot it. haha. I totally read it because of the hype! Great list.

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  2. Oh my gosh I am so excited to read The Six of Crows Duo-logy, Strange the Dreamer and Throne of Glass now! I’ve been putting of starting them because I was worried they wouldn’t live up to all the expectations from people loving them!
    Thanks for the post! Need to start these books ASAP

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  3. You’re spot on re: Harry Potter (anyone who says the series doesn’t live up to the hype is lying, dead set) and In Cold Blood. I haven’t read All The Pretty Horses yet – but my husband is nagging me to get onto it, and I must say I’m skeptical. It can’t POSSIBLY live up to his hype!! 😂😂😂

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