Top 10 Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday looks at popular books that lived up to the hype. I could name quite a few books that didn’t live up to their hype, but here are the ones that I think did. We’ll have to leave the ones that didn’t for another day.

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but as of January has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.


1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This book had been out a little while before I picked it up and there seemed to be so much buzz around it. I found out why when I read it. Not everyone loves this series, and I get that, but I devoured this book.

2) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second book in the trilogy is my favourite and I really was glued to this one. I loved it so much I read Mockingjay straight after, which is something I very rarely do.

3) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I couldn’t help but mention each of the books in The Hunger Games series separately because they each deserve their own spot on this list.


4) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I generally try to avoid mentioning Harry Potter because it could be included on so many lists, but this is one it really belongs on and can’t be missed off.

5) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Now, there was so much hype for this I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but I’d had it on my shelf for years and decided to give it a go earlier this year. Despite being a chunky fantasy, it was somehow a page-turner for me. Maybe it was all the characters, or the writing style, I’m not sure, but this one really lived up to its hype.


6) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

There’s always a good word for Clare’s Infernal Devices series so I hoped the first book would live up to that hype. Fortunately, it did, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

7) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Although I found the final book in the trilogy a little disappointing, the first book was totally absorbing. I loved the world Bardugo had created.

8) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I read this book long before the television show came out, and really would urge people to read it. The show is very different from the book and expands on it greatly. The novel is shorter and more focused on Clay and Hannah.

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9) If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I think I cried a lot of the way through reading this book. Somehow, it just brought out so many emotions. It received a rare 5 stars from me.

10) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I nearly didn’t put this on here, because I didn’t enjoy the second book, Pretties, as much, but I had to look back and remember how much I loved Uglies at the time I read it.

What books have you read that lived up to their hype?

10 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype

  1. The Hunger Games was my intro to YA! I have Uglies on my shelf but I haven’t started it yet. I have so many other series in progress that I kind of want to finish some up before I start a new one.

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