Top Ten Tuesday: Books which live up to the hype
Hyped books: as soon as they’re announced, you can’t get away from people talking about them, building the buzz until it’s impossible to hear anything else. You know the ones. You’re already picturing a few books in your head which match this description (in particular one that might have something to do with Stars).
These ten books actually live up to the hype that surrounds them – something which seems to be getting more uncommon every year. It was actually really difficult to think of ten, hype puts me off so often that I either judge the book really harshly or just don’t even bother to read it!
10) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I’m putting this tenth because I’m begrudging even featuring it, as Rick Yancey and his wife have been rather problematic on Twitter recently (i.e. searching his name and attacking anyone who tweets negative things about his novels. Not great practice). However, I loved The 5th Wave and thought it completely lived up to the hype surrounding its release.
9) Looking For Alaska by John Green
I’m not sure how much hype surrounded Looking For Alaska‘s release, as it was John Green’s debut novel and was out far before I belonged to the bookish community. However, it’s very hyped now and it definitely deserves that, although it still seems to be the least hyped of all of Green’s books.
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Again, I’m not sure how much hype surrounded the release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but just before the film was released the hype for it went through the roof. I’d already loved it and read it again just after the film came out, and it was just as good second time. Highly recommend reading this, especially if you’re the kind of kid that doesn’t feel as though they fit in at school.
7) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I was tempted to put Ready Player One at the top of my list, because it’s an extremely over-hyped book and I thought it deserved every bit of advanced praise it received. All of the gushing reviews just after it came out put my boyfriend off, though, and he said it was rather bland compared to what he’d been expecting, so I’ve averaged out our feelings and placed it a little bit lower on the list.
6) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl is a strange one, because it’s not as hyped as Carry On or Eleanor and Park, but the hype for it seems to ebb and peak throughout the year. This is probably something to do with the subject matter, as it’s about a girl who writes fanfic and is just starting at university. I definitely see a lot more praise for it during the summer months, but it seems to be forgotten in the winter!
5) Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Wing Jones – known as The Heartbeats of Wing Jones in America – seemed to have quite a lot of pre-release hype, but it died down a lot once it had been released. I read it in one sitting and wanted to scream from the rooftops about how good it was, so I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t even shortlisted for the YA Book Prize! This book definitely deserves as much love as it was receiving in the build up to its release.
4) Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Another Top Ten Tuesday, another opportunity for Alyce to gush about how absolutely brilliant Red Rising is. There was so much hype surrounding this book, and that’s the only reason I decided to read it… But actually, the hype doesn’t sell the novel as well as it could do. I went into this book expecting what I received from the second and third books in the series – a high fantasy space battlefield – but the first book is a lot more understated and nuanced than that, and I would have been even MORE desperate to read it if it had been properly described.
3) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Again, this book deserved more clarity from the hype that it received. Everyone was buzzing because “it’s another Laini Taylor novel!” and “it’s the start of a Laini Taylor duology!”, but as someone who had never read a Laini Taylor book before, all that buzz was lost on me. I saw hundreds of people recommending it, and although it lives up to that level of recommendation it deserves to be praised for what it is – a magical yet heartbreaking fantasy – rather than who wrote it.
2) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
From the second I saw the cover of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on Epic Reads’ Youtube channel, I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. I waited for about six months until it was released, and then patiently waited until the library copy became available… Then I read it in one sitting, rushing through it and falling completely in love with Becky Albertalli’s writing style. Hype has never been so deserved, until…
1) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
…which was released at the beginning of this year. SOMEHOW I was accepted to read and review it via NetGalley, and I decided to dive straight in as soon as the new year began, despite the fact that I’d read a lot of Holly Black’s novels in the past and had always found them kind of forgettable. The same cannot be said about The Cruel Prince, though, which is still at the top of the list of best books I’ve read in 2018. I can’t wait to read The Wicked King and see what happens next.
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I’ve only been able to pick books which I’ve actually read, so please don’t hate me for not including The Hate U Give or Children of Blood and Bone: both books which have received a ridiculous amount of hype, but definitely seem to deserve it.
Have you read any hyped books which you think live up to the attention they were getting, or have they all disappointed you? Let me know in the comments down below!