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

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype.” This ought to be a fun topic for everyone. Hype is a funny thing. It can make you want to read a book and it can turn you away from one. It can set up a book for failure with unrealistic expectations or turn you into a cynical bookworm who becomes surprised when the book is in fact good. I have been in all these situations and am still not sure how I really feel about hype. I’m torn between two extremes. I’ve been disappointed, but have also been introduced to some amazing reads thanks to hype. Here’s a list of books that I think are really deserving of the hype, so if you haven’t picked them up yet, I’d encourage you to do so. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I feel like we talked about this book long before its release and still, nothing prepared me for its emotional impact.

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I wasn’t even planning to read this one despite the hype because I never finished the Grisha Trilogy (still haven’t), but I won an ARC, so I dove in and it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read.

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I can’t believe I went to so long without reading Simon. I had so many expectations because so many bloggers love this one and I’m happy to say that I fell head over heels in love with this book.

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Schwab is one the most talented fantasy writers out there and anything you pick up by her is going to be amazing, but this one might by my favorite. The world-building and writing astounds me.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Everything you’ve heard about this one over the course of the last ten years is true. I still think about this book even though I read it once years ago and it remains one I hold really close to my heart.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Enchanting. Mesmerizing. Fantastical. There are not enough words to describe how beautiful this novel is.

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – This might have been the most talked about book on my Twitter feed last year. I saw so many people defend it fiercely and I didn’t know how I was going to feel, but it turns out it was amazing and I still shake my head trying to figure out why anyone could dislike a character like Dimple.

 8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden – This one was kind of on my radar because everyone was talking about it, but I was kind of afraid it would end up being disappointing. I am so happy to be wrong.

9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I picked this one up based on the hype alone. I’m not a fan of fae and I’ve only read one other book by this author, but gosh darn it, this one was just as good as everyone said it was.

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Perhaps the most anticipated read in YA history. I remember adding this to my TBR months and months in advance and after finally picking it up, I can say that it was just as epic as I imagined.

Do you agree with any of these picks? Which book do you think lived up to the hype? Which book didn’t? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

84 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. Aww! YAY. It’s fun to see ‘Dimple’ on this list. I still need to read that one.

    …I’ve never read “The Book Thief,” though I do remember thinking the story sounded unique when the film released. Never saw it though.

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday, Alicia. 🙂

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  2. I’m so happy to see Simon on so many lists. It deserves it! Ooh, I could’ve put When Dimple Met Rishi on mine too. I loved that book.

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  3. I’ve heard The Book Thief is excellent. Same for Six of Crows- I need to go back to that one. I gave up after 100 pages or so but I need to give it another go. And The Cruel Prince I need to get as well.

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  4. OH YEAH Children of Blood and Bone is really live up to the hype!! But I can’t say the same about SoC. Great list 💕

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  5. The Night Circus was very very hyped several years ago, and I’m glad I liked it. I do know that not everyone liked it as much as I did, but for me it was a beautifully written story.

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  6. We both have Simon and SoC – so good! I wasn’t sure how you were going to feel about WDMR. I was nervous, but so happy when you liked it, because that book made me so happy. I knew I would love it just from the synopsis. No hype needed to get me to read that one.

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  7. I see several here I plan to read one day – The Bear and the Nightingale, THUG (doing a buddy read in September), Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone. In fact, I own all of them already. The Cruel Prince didn’t live up to the hype for me however, I did enjoy it a lot more once I got past the first 100 pages. I notoriously have a love/hate relationship with fae books. I do want to continue with the series though so I guess I liked it enough. Hyped books scare me and I tend to wait for the hype to die down some before picking them up now.

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    1. I hope you enjoy your buddy read of THUG. It’s a great book for discussions. You’ve got some stellar books awaiting you on your shelf! I don’t read much fae books, so was pleasantly surprised by The Cruel Prince. Yes, I totally get being scared of hyped books. If I can, I check them out from the library first so I don’t spend money on it when it leads to disappointment.


  8. I recently read a book blogger (can’t remember who) who said she loved Albertali’s book, but loved the movie even more! Have you seen the movie? If so, does it follow the book closely? I want to read Leah on the Offbeat for my Far Reading Challenge (why is no one reading this book?!) but want to get through Simon first (even if I watch the movie instead of reading it to save time).

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    1. I have seen the movie. I thought it was a really good adaptation and loved it (I was so surprised because adaptations usually leave me disappointed), not quite as much as the book, but that’s just because I really liked Simon’s voice in the novel. They did change something about Leah with the movie. I don’t want to spoil the movie for you though.

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  9. The Bear and the Nightingale is such a wonderful book! I have The Hate U Give and Simon on my list this week as well, and I”m really looking forward to reading Children of Blood and Bone.

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  10. Hype is weird for me because I’m still only going to read the book if I really think I’ll like it – so sometimes it takes awhile until I read reviews, learn more about the book, etc. Also, I’m just slow with new books sometimes! LOL However, I agree with a lot from your list. LOVE Simon Vs., Darker Shade of Magic, and The Book Thief. I own The Hate U Give but still need to read it.


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  11. I’ve read several of the books on your list, but one I actually disagree with! I know I’m one of the few who didn’t like The Book Thief, but it was just a book that I couldn’t hop on board with. The Hate U Give is also on my top ten books this week.

    Check out my list!

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  12. I’m seeing Six of Crows on so many lists this week – it makes me a little nervous, because I plan on reading it this year, and I’m scared I’m not going to like it as much as everyone else does! I do love The Night Circus though; I read that way before I started blogging, so I didn’t really see a lot of hype for it. It just sounded interesting!

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  13. Great list Alicia!
    I read half of the list. I loved The Night Circus and just recently read The Cruel Prince which I absolutely love.
    I enjoyed The Book Thief but it didn’t wow me like I thought it would.
    I will check out Six of Crows and see if it’s THAT good.
    Dinh@Arlene’s Book Club

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  14. The Cruel Prince and A Darker Shade of Magic are both on my list! I loved them.

    I really need to read THUG!!! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. 😱

    My TTT post!

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