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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!

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Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

I try to avoid hyped books, so I don’t know that I’ll be able to make it to ten on this list. Let’s give it a shot, though!

1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This was my favorite read of 2017. I didn’t see a lot of the hype prior to checking the book out of the library. Once I’d started reading it, THEN I saw the hype. I’m not sure if this impacted my enjoyment of the book, but it really lived up to the hype I saw about it.

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
This is not my favorite of the Potter books (that is … the Prisoner of Azkaban). However, starting with about book 5 I was aware of the Pottery hype, and of the books 5 and later, book 6 is probably my favorite.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The thing I heard most from readers of this book who hyped it for me was that they wanted to go to the circus. I enjoyed the book, but the important thing for this prompt is: did it make me want to go to the circus? Yes. Yes, it most certainly did.


And… that’s all I’ve got. Sorry. As I said, I don’t read many hyped books, and when I do they don’t often live up to the hype. Have you read any hyped books that you felt were as good as you had been expecting? I think I need some recommendations to fill this list out a bit for me.

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. I haven’t read one and three though they be on the list. I need more time! And I agree that the Prisoner of Azkaban is the best HP book. Short list but fun. I never really read hyped books on purpose. I usually find the hype after I be done reading a book.
    x The Captain

    1. If only we could all have more time specifically for reading. Think how many more books we could enjoy! Alas, if I were to end up with more time, I’d probably just sleep longer.

  2. Of course, I love the Harry Potter series although again I agree that PoA is my favourite. I couldn’t really get interested in The Night Circus though, a lot of people really love it.

    1. It did take me the first third of the book to really get interested in The Night Circus, and the second third to properly care about what happened to the characters. I don’t mind books with a slow burn, though.

  3. I enjoyed all three of these, though I was slightly disappointed in The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Parts of it felt perfectly middle grade-esque and parts felt more like what an adult might think a middle grade kid should read. It has beautiful writing, though!

  4. I’m with the Captain. I tend to stay away from the hyped stuff. It almost never lives up to the razzle dazzle. I’d rather enjoy something a bit more than expected than to expect it to be All That and Cookies and then turn out to be broccoli casserole, cold broccoli casserole to boot 😦

    1. I felt that using the Harry Potter series as a whole would be cheating for me, since I didn’t pay attention to hype on the early books. I guess it’s all how you interpret the prompt. 🙂

    1. I’m that way with movies. If someone raves about a movie, I’m a lot less likely to see it. Two examples: Titanic and Avatar are both movies that were hugely hyped and that I never watched as a direct result of that hype.

      Potter is special, though.

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