September 28, 2021
Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Live Up To Their Hype
Hype. Does it affect your reading?
My name is Carol, and I suffer from FOMO!
As a consequence, I often read books that are highly hyped. Sometimes this works out OK and other times….well….it leads to disappointment. I wrote this post about Buzz, Hype, and High Expectations here.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie so I thought I’d revisit a topic I missed: Books That Live Up To Their Hype. All the books on this list I read because of the HYPE. They all lived up to their hype in my opinion. There are so many books I’ve read because of hype that I had to create a runners up list after I reached ten. So this post contains twenty recommendations! (and I could keep going!)
*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.
Ten Books That Live Up To Their Hype
(in no particular order)
Genre: science fiction
Andy Weir’s new book has received a great deal of hype because of his previous hit, The Martian. I highly recommend the audio version of PHM. This lived up to the hype because of the story telling and narration. My review of Project Hail Mary here.
Genre: literary fiction, historical literary fiction
Maggie O’Farrell is a popular writer so her new releases receive a great deal of hype. Because this is historical fiction, I hopped aboard the hype train. My review of Hamnet here.
Genre: classic, historical fiction (YA)
This book continues to appear on list after list, so I decided to do a reread to see if it still lives up to the hype. Yes, it does. It’s my favorite book by Betty Smith.
Genre: nonfiction, U.S. historical event
I put off reading this book for a while because of the emotionally difficult content. However, I’m thankful to have read it and consider it an honor to hear the survivor stories. I’ve heard that the audio version is fabulous. My review of Only Plane in the Sky here. A wonderful companion read is The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (review coming in November).
Genre: contemporary fiction, drama, sports
I doubt that I’ve created any list that Backman hasn’t been on! Beartown did live up to the hype for me, but the sequel (Us Against You) didn’t have the same appeal (although it was still good)….I’m looking forward to the third in the series (Winners) to be released in 2022. My review of Beartown here.
Genre: nonfiction, memoir
This was on my TBR quite a while before I read it because I typically avoid celebrity memoirs. By the time I read it, it had received so much hype that I became nervous that it wouldn’t meet my expectations. I love thoughtful memoir and it exceeded my expectations. I’ve heard that the audio version is fabulous. There’s also a YA version. My review of Born a Crime here.
Genre: historical biographical fiction
Despite the hype, this was a book I had to talk myself into reading because of the difficult subject matter. Although it was difficult to read at points (especially his capture), Unbroken exceeded my expectations and I am honored to hear his story. There is a YA version.
Genre: dystopian (YA)
This genre is completely out of my comfort zone, but I didn’t want to miss out on reading it because of all the buzz. Well, you can imagine my surprise when I devoured the three book series during my one week spring break!
Genre: historical fiction (YA)
I’m thrilled to participate in the buzz for this book. It’s on my lifetime favorites list.
Genre: historical fiction
I’m sure you’ve seen this book on a few lists, including some of mine. It’s worthy of the hype. In fact, it’s about time for a reread! My review of Invention of Wings here.
Bonus! Ten Runners Up
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The River by Peter Heller
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
What book have you read that lived up to the hype?
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