TTT – Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hello humans! Welcome to the final TTT post of July 2018! How time flies. We all know the difficulties of book hype, so often you’re left feeling a little flat after something with SO much chatter about it ends up being terrible. But here are ten books that lived up to the hype (at least for me).

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is an awesome way to discover new bloggers who like the same kind of books as you do!

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spinning silver naomi novik uk

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

It’s no secret that I was massively hyped up for this book. I was so worried I would be disappointed but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it, and I’ll probably keep talking about it for months from now – so look forward to that!

brightstorm vashti hardy

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

I talk about Brightstorm a lot, especially given that it’s middle-grade, not a genre I typically read a lot of, but this book was EVERYWHERE for a time, my twitter feed was all sky ships and subtle foiling. I ended up reading this online from my local library and I was blown away.

Bright we burn Kiersten white

 Goodreads | Amazon

The hype for this was actually of my own making, I psyched myself up for this book hardI was terrified it would never live up to my expectations but I actually loved it, so much so that I can’t bring myself to write the review yet because I can’t articulate all my thoughts!

Mortal engines Philip Reeve The Hungry City

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Because of how old I was when these first came out, I missed that initial hype. But I feel like the build-up to the Peter Jackson film at the end of the year is simultaneously building hype for the books. I love the first one, it certainly lives up to the hype (they vary from there on out but are still worth reading if you have time).

Tess of the Road Rachel Hartman

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Another good example of me hyping a book up. I was stupendously excited about returning to the world of Seraphina and I ended up devouring this book in days. Thankfully it lives up to my expectations, it may actually be my favourite of the three books in this world.

The poppy war r f kuang

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you exist in the world of bookish social media you will doubtless have heard about The Poppy War. If you do not or somehow have not, let me save you the time – read this. It is as exceptional and harrowing and powerful as people say it is. Go get yourself a copy asap.

crooked kingdom Leigh Bardugo

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

I know this seems obvious, but for those who haven’t read them yet the hype for the Six of Crows duology may be a little confusing or come across as just a teensy bit extreme. I do know some people who didn’t enjoy Six of Crows as much as I did, but I think Crooked Kingdom most certainly lives up to the hype.

illuminae Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

This whole trilogy. It lives up to the hype. It’s so good. Read it. Share it. Live your dreams.

Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

I don’t think anyone missed the hype for this one? But in case you’re wondering, at least in my opinion, it lives up. I’m so excited for the sequel and I will be devouring it immediately!


Goodreads | Amazon

I think that part of the success of Scythe lay in the graphic cover, Scythe does not live up to the hype but Thunderhead most certainly does. If you can get through the daft romance in book one, you will definitely enjoy book two a lot more!

Those are my ten picks! I’d love to know your choices so let me know or link me in the comments below!


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