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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // I listened to the audiobook last year, and fell in love with this story and its characters. There was so much hype surrounding this book, but in my opinion it deserves all the praise. This took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I can’t wait to read the sequel this year. I would also recommend the audiobook, the narrator did a great job!

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I picked this series up because of the hype on Booktube and on Reddit. Brandon Sanderson seems to be a universally loved fantasy author, and I couldn’t miss out on that. I’m so glad I picked these up. They’re honestly so good! I would’ve put Warbreaker on this list because I absolutely adored that one too but I feel like there’s so little hype surrounding Warbreaker compared to his other books.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt // This is quite the well-known book… I have to admit it intimidated me at first. Yet I had heard so many people talk about it and seen it in the ‘recommended’ section of so many bookstores, that I knew I had to at least try reading it. And while it took me a bit to get into the story, I ended up falling in love with it. I’m planning on re-reading it this year (or maybe in 2019).

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers // I don’t think I would’ve picked this book up if it weren’t for the hype. I don’t read that much science fiction so I wouldn’t have grabbed it on my own. I’m so happy I did. The characters in this story are wonderful and I want to give them all a big hug. And the world! Highly recommend this book (and the sequel).

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // The hype surrounding this duology is absolutely nuts. Yet so correct at the same time… This ended up being on of my favorite fantasy stories and one I’m sure I will re-read at some point. The amount of diversity in these 2 books is just fantastic.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch // I think there’s a lot of hype surrounding this book in the fantasy-communities on Reddit, Booktube and blogs. I also know a lot of people couldn’t get into it. Yet I adored it. Scott Lynch is a genius, and I am patiently waiting for the next book in the series.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // N.K. Jemisin is one of the most recommended fantasy authors, and for good reason. Although I struggled with the first chapter, I ended up flying through this book -and its sequel. If you haven’t read her works, what are you waiting for? I need to start her other series called The Broken Earth soon.

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima // This is one of the original hyped-up series. It’s such a staple! I only read it in 2016/2017 but I loved it nonetheless. It’s a fun YA fantasy with fantastic characters.

Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // Another one of the most recommended fantasy authors! Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings spans several series, starting with the Farseer one. I was a bit intimidated by the series and this book at first. The series is very long, and the books are quite chunky too. Yet this trilogy is one of my favorites. It is a character-driven story instead of a plot-driven one though, so keep that in mind if you want to pick it up.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik // I haven’t talked about this book in such a long time! When Uprooted came out, every reviewer seemed to talk about it. Including me. And I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy it or my expectations would be too high… I shouldn’t have worried because this book is fantastic. I can’t wait to read Spinning Silver.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

32 thoughts on “Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I HAVEN’T READ ANY OF THESE. I’m so behind!

    I really want to read more Brandon Sanderson books! I read the Reckoners trilogy earlier this year which I loved. I must read more of his works!


  2. I really need to reread The Secret History too. I recently read If We Were Villains, which has a similar tone and theme, although it’s a bit more accessible. I really loved it, and now I want to go back and reread the other 🙂

    I’m definitely with you on Six of Crows as well!


  3. Mistborn lived up to the hype for me as well. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Assassin’s Apprentice are on my TBR list. I’m currently reading Six of Crows (finally!!) and loving it. Adding some of these other books to my TBR list. They sound so good!


  4. Uprooted is amazing! I loved it so much. The Gentleman’s Guide is definitely one I heard way too much praise for ahead of time, so I thought it couldn’t possible be that good — but it was! 🙂 I still need to read Locke Lamora… one of these days.


  5. I finally read The Lies of Locke Lamora earlier this year and almost ave up in the first 25%… then I was hooked! it ultimately made my list, too, because *damn* that was an intense book. 🙂


  6. Ooo, so many nice books here!
    I have quite a few of these, but still haven’t started reading them. Gentlemen’s guide and Mistborn are super high on the priority list…

    I read the Lies of Locke Lamore a few years ago and i remember i quite enjoyed the writing, but i just couldn’t warm up to the main character, so i kinda dropped the series.


  7. Yes to almost all of these. I haven’t read Donna Tart or The Final Empire and I’ve read a different N.K. Jemisin series. But to behonest I expect I’m going to love all of Jemisin’s works. I think I might pick up The Way of Kings first by Sanderson next. Some other things I picked up by him left me quite dissatisfied.

    I am reading the first Tawny Man book and SO GOOD. HOnestly the Fitz books read so fast!


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