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Top Ten Tuesday! (#4): Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hey, it’s Tuesday again! So that means another Top Ten Tuesday!

If you guys haven’t seen this meme around yet, you can go take a look and see where it started at: The Broke and the Bookish and then where they sent it for safekeeping at: That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic is Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype. So, I’ll be posting a mix of books that I read because of the hype, and those that I read and was a part of the hype.



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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I adore this book. I devoured it and just absolutely loved the way that he told the story. This was a book that was well-deserving of the hype and I am so glad they made a movie for it when they did.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This series was one that I was DEFINITELY a part of the hype for. I lived and breathed everything Harry Potter from the time I was 8 and on, so we’re going on 18 years here. This series is what sparked my love for reading, and I know it was the same for a lot of people in my generation and that’s why I have to say this series is one that lives up to the hype no matter how you spin it.


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3. Literally anything by Rick Riordan

I know most of the hype surrounding Uncle Rick has to do with Percy Jackson, but I really do think that all of his books are worth the hype. He’s got a way with writing all the gods and demigods and really researching the mythologies.


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4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Another series I was a part of the hype for. I’d already been reading The Mortal Instruments by the time this came out, so I jumped in at the beginning. The time period these took place in made it such a cool setting for the Shadowhunters and the steampunk aspects. And the villain in this series was fantastic.


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5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This one I’d heard about for ages but didn’t start reading until about a month before the final book was out. Actually very happy for that, I would have died if I had to wait the full amount of time between books.


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6. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I know this one was hyped just because it was Marissa Meyer, but to me it not only met, but exceeded my expectations. I adored this book SO MUCH. I cannot wait for the second one, I’ve already got tickets to her signing!


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7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvated

Loved these book so freaking much. Blue and the boys were just the best group of characters ever!


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8. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Another one that I picked up from the beginning and absolutely adored from page one. And Legendary managed to keep the hype up and definitely surpassed expectations.


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9. Arc of a Scythe series by Neil Shusterman

I mean, another book series to constantly rip you heart out. But, man! Did this book and its sequel live up to the hype. Probably one of my favorite series ever.


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10. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Need I say more? I was late to the game when it came to these ones, but the first book was one of the best first books to a fantasy series I’ve ever read!


-Laurenxx

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Title/ Author: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 100/5 5/5 for sure.

Goodness gracious. So, when I picked up Scythe for the first time at the end of 2016, I honestly didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t read any of Shusterman’s books before. The premise sounded amazing though and I got my hands on it as soon as I could and DEVOURED it.

The concept of death and dying has always been something that fascinated me. To the point that I took a class on it in college where I planned my own funeral and visited a crematorium (weird, I know, but it was one of my favorite non-major classes). So when I learned about a book that featured this ruling “government” essentially that ruled over everyone’s life and death in all senses, I was hooked already. But reading these has been an entirely different experience altogether.

So, this go around, I tried to hold off buying Thunderhead … and lasted a week. I held off a lot longer before reading it, buuuuut still caved after only two months. Here we are, after I’ve slowly made my way through this book, and I’m dying all over again.

These books are so freaking good. The premise of having this group of people being in charge of who lives and who dies, of having a database who sees and controls EVERYTHING worldwide, of having these incredible characters grow and develop in this world… I cannot freaking get over it.

Our two main characters, Ronan and Citra, are by far some of the most incredibly driven and all around interesting characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of following through a journey.

And can we talk about the Thunderhead? I’m loving books like this and ILLUMINAE with the AI having its moments where it gets to talk to the audience. It’s such a rare treat and the things the Thunderhead starts speaking about are all moments that really make you stop and think, and it’s absolutely amazing.

The last 100 or so pages were probably one of the most intense endings I’ve ever read. I was on the edge of my seat that entire time and literally couldn’t stop yelling, “OH FUCK!” every ten seconds. The conclusion of this book was just absolute flawlessness. BUT IT MADE ME WANT THE NEXT BOOK THAT MUCH MORE! This wait is going to be absolute torture. I need to know what’s become of certain characters and how the fuck they’re going to get out of this mess!

I will definitely go get some more of Shusterman’s novels after these two books. I actually already own Unwind, so I think I’ll have to start there.

((I’ll update this when I’m back to my copy of the book and my extensive quote markings.))

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Currently Reading:

Ender’s Game (page 134)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (page 10)

-Laurenxx