Hello, all! I realized I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) in a hot second, and I really missed doing it. So here we are! This week’s prompt was “popular books that lived up to the hype”, and, as you can tell by the title of this post, I’m doing something a little different. Hyped books have already gotten their time to shine and I don’t wanna just make a list of 10 really popular books that most people have already read, so I’m changing the topic to books that I personally think deserved more hype. I feel like every book list I make on here is just the same recycling of the same popular books, so I saw an opportunity to recommend some lesser known books and naturally I took it.
Disclaimer: as much as I want to, I don’t often read undiscovered books, so most of these will be books with like a few hundred or thousand ratings on Goodreads that I just think deserve thousands more.
I remember hearing a lot about Whitney Gardner’s other book, You’re Welcome, Universe, a lot, but I’ve heard nothing at all about this one. The only reason I read it was because my library had a copy and I absolutely loved the cover art. I’m so glad I found it though, because this book was so wonderfully whimsical and topical. Plus it mixes Dungeons & Dragons with fashion, and who doesn’t love that?
Okay, this is cheating because this book is so immensely popular it got a hit movie based off of it, but! I feel like the movie has eclipsed the book in popularity and relevance. If you loved the movie please take a chance on the book. If you’re like me, you might love it even more. (Okay, thanks for sitting through another shameless promotion of my favorite book. I appreciate it.)
This is 100% personal preference, but this book has the best kind of plot that a book can have. Which is: a magical open-world adventure. This is the book that inspired me to start writing my own adventurous story. For me, everything clicked in this book. The characters were unique and charming, the plot was well set-up, and the magic aspect was so cleverly done. If you’re looking for a fun and happy read, pick up this one! (Hey, that rhymed)
Oh, look! Another adventure book. I just really love when people walk from Point A to Point B, huh. Anyway, I feel like a lot of people are brushing this book aside because of the letdown that was the Seraphina sequel, but you should definitely at least try it. It’s not as amazing as Seraphina, but it proves how great a writer and storyteller Rachel Hartman is. Plus, just look at that cover. Muah. Gorgeous.
I hardly ever cry when reading books, and I sobbed reading this one. This book really sticks with you. I read this over a year ago, and I can still remember distinct scenes and paragraphs and character interactions. This book is impactful and lingering, and I need more people to read it for the entirely selfish reason of seeing how they react to it.
You know how every contemporary romance book you read just feels predictable and same-y? Not this one. This book has everything that a lot of contemporary romances really, really need: magic. The main character comes from a line of ancestors with the ability to brew love potions and one day the wrong person accidentally drinks one. Yes, I know it sounds perfect. Please, hold your applause. You’re welcome.
Okay, this book rightfully had some hype when it came out, but not enough hype. Not for me. This give maybe 4 books a year a perfect 5 out of 5 star rating, and this book is one of them. There’s a lot of books that leave you temporarily warm and hopeful, but I read this book last December and I still feel good whenever I think back on it. Everything about it is done with such passion, and I love it so so much.
#2 in the Jamie picks a book from the library solely because she loves the cover art, The Prince and the Dressmaker is a quick comic, but I promise you the 90 minutes it will take to fly through this will be the cutest and most whimsical 90 minutes of your life. Although you should definitely buy it instead of borrow it from the library, because there will be some days where you just need to look back at a certain panel or read a certain scene and you won’t have the book with you.
This is another book that had some hype, but the hype died down far to quickly. By the time I finished reading this, nobody seemed to remember it ever existed. I see this book a lot on a lot bloggers and booktubers’ ‘surprising’ favorites or ‘underappreciated’ lists, and I agree with them, but it’s so sad! This book is so unique and hilarious yet it’s forever stuck at the bottom of a TBR pile.
So the library near my university is HUGE, right, so I started this thing where I would read the back of every YA book (in alphabetical order) and check it out it if the premise sounded even remotely enjoyable. This book was, I think, the first one I actually finished. And I’m so glad I started that challenge because I never would have picked up this book if I didn’t. The plot is very sci-fi and philosophical, which is surprising for a YA book and not, like, a Philip K. Dick novel. Also, the plot is not something I can explain without taking up a whole paragraph, so just trust me when I say it’s really unique and interesting. Plus, just wait until you make it to the end. Kristy Acevedo pulls no punches.
Aaaand those are the top 10 books I personally believe deserve more hype! Did you guys read any of these? Do you agree with me that they should be more popular or do you think they’re just fine where they are? Let me know! ❤