10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

It’s still Tuesday, right? With just an hour to spare I’m here tapping out a top ten list that I totally didn’t forget to write today… Yup, that definitely didn’t happen…

Anyway this Top Ten Tuesday (just), from That Artsy Reader Girl, is nothing but topical given I’ve just finished Children of Blood and Bone: a seriously hyped up read that has left me bursting with fangirl feels and eagerly awaiting the sequel. So let’s see what else made lis ofย Popular Books that Lived up to the Hype.

1. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Because Percy Jackson was seriously hyped. Everyone was raving about it back in primary school and I remember my arrogant younger self insisting I’d never touch the novel. Let’s just say I’m still gripped on Rick’s writing to this day.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni

I’d heard about this soul crushing novel from almost everyone before I was leant it by my boyfriend and finally made to read it. Sad yet hopefully, this popular novel remains a favourite of mine to this day.

3.ย Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The ultimate book hype. I mean which other book can you name that had quite so many midnight releases, fan theories, loyal readers, fanfictions, merchandise, theme parks, movies the lot. Harry Potter is not only madly hyped but fully deserving of it’s crown, it’s just so good and perfect for creating new bookworms!

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I did warn you lot in the intro that this novel would be making an appearance. Her PR team were a bit odd at YALC but her book is amazing and she definitely deserves the massive signing line she had at YALC, even if I didn’t manage to get my copy signed.

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Who else has drawled over that film trailer about hundred times by now??? This book’s cover was splattered all over my Twitter timeline before the copy I reserved at the library finally became available. It’s entertaining, eye opening and I haven’t stopped gushing about it since- well deserving of it’s hype.


6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss and her berries became a sensation in both Panem and the UK as we all read the books, watched the films and fangirled to the extreme. I still remember racing through that first book in one weekend and then placing a hold on the second one at the library in very quick succession.

7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

The fact I waited in a four hour signing line to meet the author on her first trip to the UK before I’d even read the books tells me these novels are hyped. The fact I’d do it again confirms they lived up to the hype.

8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamiliton

I am proud to say I met the author of this little gem at YALC as she was pre-hyping the release of her debut novel. Slightly interested at the time it wasn’t until that I got a very excited text from my bookish friend imploring me to read her novels and a year later we were fan girl giddy in her signing queue. This sad little tale came full circle as we clutched our copies of the last in the series- Hero at the Fall- in the signing queue this weekend.

9. Holes by Louis Sachar

Wasn’t this book just everywhere in junior school? It’s short chapters, funny story, quirky flashbacks and relatable characters made this novel both hyped and amazing.

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Weren’t we all once dabbing our eyes and fangirling about the little girl who stole books and wrote words in paint on a basement wall? This novel was definitely everywhere at one point and is still a brilliant yet sad read.


There you have it! Ten Books I still rave about to this day, sharing the already existing hype train! Have you read any of these? Think of any hyped books I might have missed? If you did TTT feel free to share your post and I’ll check it out!

42 thoughts on “10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. I am totally with you on Percy Jackson, Holes, and The Book Thief. I could not stomach The Kite Runner. I felt physically ill after reading that one. A lot of the others on here are on my TBR. I’m looking forward to getting them. Hopefully the hype is worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I’m thinking I’ll try to the Raven Boys pretty soon. I don’t think I’ve come across a bad review for it yet.

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      2. I love historical fiction and contemporary, but I’m willing to try reading most things.


      3. I love These Is My Words and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society. Code Name Verity is a good YA one. Have you read any of those?

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  2. So many good choices! Ha ha I think I created the ultimate fangirl monsters when I got you to read Rebel of The Sands, but it was so worth it. I had quite a lot of these on my list this week too, of course ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Oh I canโ€™t believe I forgot to include the Rebel of the Sands books, I heard so much about that series before it was released and it was a book I was hyping up for myself as well. Itโ€™s a favourite of mine and I love Alwyn Hamiltonโ€™s writing so much.
    The Book Thief is one Iโ€™ve seen on a few peopleโ€™s lists so far, and itโ€™s another one I canโ€™t believe I forgot to include!
    Great picks for this week, and great post as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. See I actually really enjoyed it, Iโ€™m not sure if itโ€™s my favourite book of the series (but I did enjoy it more than book two that I can say for sure) but I thought it was a great ending to the series.


  4. I so completely agree with you for the books Iโ€™ve read from your list โ€“ the hype was real! Children of Blood and Bone โ€“ so guhhhdd!!! Hunger Games, The Hate U Give โ€“ all awesome.

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