December 2, 2019
Popular Books Worth the Hype
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I’m linking up today with Girlxoxo and Traveling With T for Month of Faves: Popular Books Worth the Hype.
I realize that no two readers read the same book and that a title on my list for deserving the hype might be on your list for not deserving the hype! The following are books that I connected with emotionally and left me thinking “wow!” In no particular order, these are ten books (recent reads and fairly recent releases) that in my opinion are worth the hype (titles are links to my reviews):
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn et al.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
(review to come…Amazon affiliate link)
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Each of these books has received either 4 or 5 stars from me and is recommended as a memorable read!
Have you read any of these popular books?
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Great post! I need to get to some of the ones on your list still.
Wow, I cannot believe I have not read one of these books! lol
Looks like you finished The Beekeeper of Aleppo and enjoyed it 🙂
I do have Ask Again, Yes on my TBR. Do you think it would make a good book club read?
Looks like I just created your winter TBR! 😂😂😂 I did like Beekeeper…. it’s hauntingly beautiful as it deeply explores trauma, grief, refugee status, ptsd, etc… I do think Ask Again Yes has good book club discussion possibilities! Enjoy!
Excellent! I have been pondering suggesting it for some time now. Do you think Beekeeper… would make a good book club read?
I constructed a longish response and I got a phone call and it was gone when I came back…..I don’t have a sent notification…..so here’s the bottom line…..it’s a sad read (but not without hope and healing) …. content warnings include death of a child, some war atrocities, and ptsd. It is written like a memoir and the most difficult parts of the story are told as flashbacks which make it easier to read because you know they are alive in the present day timeline. It’s interesting that the story is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a volunteer for UNICEF at a refugee camp in Athens. It’s a tenderly told story and the author’s care for the characters is evident. I would make sure book club members can handle heavier stories.
How rude of WP!
Based on both of your comments here I think I will skip it as a book club suggestion. Thank you so much for the insight!
Does your book club usually go for lighter reads!
I am new to this group and have missed the past couple of months due to health, but it sounds like they want more thought provoking books than they have been reading. I have a few books in mind to suggest when we meet in January that I think will fit the bill. January’s read is Before We Were Yours. I read it when it first came out and loved it. I’m really excited to see what they think!
That’s a good one! 👍
P.s. I just noticed a review of this on insta and she mentioned that the transitions between timelines was sometimes confusing….I have to agree! At times I’d be reading along and realize that I wasn’t in the timeline I thought I was in! After that happened a few times I was more focused in my reading!
Of the books I have read on this list I 100% agree with you. Ask Again, Yes, The Book Woman, and Finding Chika were all incredible! So many of the others are on my TBR!
We might be book twins! 😂👍
The only book on this list I’ve read is A Place For Us and I didn’t like it 🙁 But I’m one of the few people I know who didn’t. I have Ask Again, Yes on my TBR and am going to check out your reviews. Hopefully I can add lots to my list!
No two people read the same book! I hope you find the right read for you! Thanks for commenting! 👍😍
How have I not read any of these??? My tbr grows….
I hope you find something you love! 😍👍
EVERYONE has been telling me to read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek- heck someone sent me a copy since I didn’t get a review copy. I gotta make time to check it out!
It will be on my best of year list close to the top! It’s memorable and unforgettable! I hope you enjoy! 😍
I have not read any of these, but you are definitely making my reading list get bigger. I’m saving a few of these for my reading challenges for next year.
I hope you find a great one to enjoy! 👍😍
Loved A Place for Us! It was my top book last year. I have several of these on my tbr too.
A Place For Us checked all my boxes for a great story! In glad you loved it too! Thanks for commenting and happy reading! 😍👍
Thanks for sharing your list. I just got a copy of Ask Again, Yes.
I hope you enjoy the read! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! 😍👍
I haven’t heard of any of these books. But now I’m intrigued about them. Usually, I avoid books that have a ton of hype around them, but sometimes the hype is correct.
I hope you find one you enjoy! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! 👍😍
I have never heard of any of those books! Will need to check them out! Thanks for sharing!
I hope you find one you enjoy! 👍😍 Thanks for commenting!
I’ve not even heard of most of these, with the exception of The Beekeeper of Aleppo which I have a copy of but haven’t been sure I wanted to read it – the more hype a book gets, the less I want to read it 🙂 . Shall check out your review now that you’ve said its worth all the hype
I hope you enjoy beekeeper! Let me know!
It reads like a memoir…..and, yes, it’s heavy in parts. Thanks for commenting!
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