When it comes to hyped YA books, I have absolutely no standards and yes please I want to read them all.
I mean, I want to read all the YA books hence I plan to live forever. This will work out I’m sure. (The sacrifices happening in my neighbourhood MEAN NOTHING. IT’S FINE.) I know a lot of bookworms are cautious of overhyped books and crave the smaller elusive titles…and, like, I want those too. And the hyped ones. I have an actual problem but do I look like I’m stopping. No.
Now some hyped books…not that great oops. But the majority I enjoy! I actually have a list as to why that is, so here, I will share it with you though you neither wanted nor asked for it.
IT TURNS THE WORLD INTO A BOOK CLUB!
Which is actually super awesome, I am so here for this. I love being able to see other bloggers talk about a book and say “Oh yeah I’ve read this too!” It actually brings a sense of community together because oH HI STRANGER, we have something to talk about!
I’D SECRETLY LOVE TO BE A FAMOUS/HYPED AUTHOR. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I have no shame it’s…yeah just no shame. I am also an overachieving ambitious Slytherin here and cursed to be equally split believing I’m a genius and a disaster. (DISASTER GENIUS???) So when I see a newfoundling author who’s just broken out of the damp deep forests and crawled to the surface and their book is hyped?! I’m just massively happy for them!! I will cheer! Karma, are you listening!
THEY MIGHT BE HYPED BECAUSE THE AUTHOR IS AN OLD FAVOURITE.
Aka — I know I’ll like this one anyway! So often times it’s a 97% chance of a good read!
HYPING AND ANTICIPATING BOOKS IS GOOD FUN.
Basically if I have a book = eh, I’m not so enthused. If I don’t have a book and it’s still coming out = THEN I WANT IT SO SO BADLY AND WILL TALK ABOUT IT FOREVER. Thanks, brain.
MORE BOOKS ARE HYPED THESE DAYS TO CHEER ON DIVERSE AUTHORS!
I love love this. Heck yes to bestseller lists being dominated by POC women and queer lead characters! It’s about TIME. I am so here to hype minority voices.
Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
1. THE RAVEN CYCLE BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Fun storyyyyy….I LIKED THIS BEFORE IT WAS FAMOUS. I feel like that is the most hipster thing to say about a hyped book and I probably should be ashamed. Yet shhhh I love the Raven Cycle so so much. Just go see my bookstagram account. If a photo doesn’t have a hidden Raven Boy in it, IS IT REALLY MY PHOTO??? I’m so obsessed afjdkslafd. Everything Maggie Stiefvater writes is perfect and there is no other opinion.
2. SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO
All the bird books apparently! I genuinely did distrust this book at first because (1) I heard it had 3989 narrators and I can’t even remember my own middle name half the time so help, and (2) I didn’t actually love Shadow & Bone so much? It was good! But it didn’t light up my world. I hate the Darkling. Fite me (Actually don’t. I am fragile…) But anyway, this is the duology of LIFE and I will level cities for my precious, murderous, often psychopathic Kaz Squad.
3. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE BY BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ
Sometimes I take a nap after writing out this title. (Also as someone who has a 4 word title for my own book and suffers trying to squeeze it into my twitter bio…I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THIS AUTHOR.) Anyway. My actual first impression of this book was: “No I do no understand the hype??” Then I hit around like page 150 and…omg…no no I’m not absolutely in love and just feeling my heart leak out my chest that’s SOMEONE ELSE. It’s just a really good story about depression and not understanding yourself. I love it. I have reread it many times.
4. LEGENDARY (CARAVAL #2) BY STEPHANIE GARBER
My absolute DARLING. I still am thinking of this and still am absolutely hopelessly starstruck with the idea that I might write something as gorgeous as this someday. I just !! I am !!! in love !! The schemes and the writing and the viciously beautiful characters and everyone lying and trying to murder each other…but immediately panicking and crying if they like, ya know, succeed. Bless.
5. THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE BY MACKENZIE LEE
I appreciate the length of the title for this one SOLELY because it’s ridiculously pretentious — aka, summarises Monty so much. I LOVE MONTY. He is an absolute clueless goat and would fall in love with a lamppost. He is the definition of the meme, “Move I’m gay” and everything about this book is PERFECT.
(I also read this one really really early!! And was suffering waiting for everyone to catch up!)
6. THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS
Which is so wildly famous I’m just in awe!?? IT DESERVES IT. This is one of the stories that has, no joke, touched millions and thousands and if any book deserved to be hyped — yes it’s THUG. Woooooow. It broke your heart, made you laugh in places, and called for change. I think it’s been on the NTY bestseller list since release day. Can we appreciate that for a moment?!?
7. TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN
Obviously all John Green’s books are hyped buuuuut, this one was particularly special for me. It is both a love and hate letter to the all-consuming spiral that is anxiety (specifically OCD although it wasn’t named in the book…and a ton of this just relates to anxiety disorders in general). I actually am frustrated with how people mock/dismiss John Green’s books. Anyway, I love TFIOS and I love Turtles and I love pretentious teens who use big words and philosophy because these kids exist. (Literally my sister and I were that kind of teen.)
8. LORD OF SHADOWS (THE DARK ARTIFICES #2) BY CASSANDRA CLARE
Again, Cassandra Clare, is the kind of automatically-hyped author who just has to breathe and we are all “HYPE HYPE HYPE”. But this was…this was magnificent. And horrible. I’m still traumatised ajfkdsla and literally am going to brEAK my mind when book 3 comes out. But forever in love with her work because (1) she features disabled characters !!!! which shouldn’t be as unusual as it is, and (2) she cares about ALL kinds of diversity, and (3) Magnus Bane is just a pile of glitter on legs. Goals.
9. STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR
I still am debating whether this is YA…but I waaaaant to talk about it because IT’S GORGEOUS INSIDE AND OUT. The hype was wild for it and I feel it’s even wilder for Muse of Nightmares?!? All deserved. Laini Taylor is actually the nicest ever and talented and has pink hair. We can only aspire to be this great afjdsla. *
* Lowkey have become her eternal fan because she said congrats to me on my book’s release day. (SOBBING) FOREVER QUEEN. I’M SO EASILY BOUGHT. WILL SUPPORT FOREVER. (SOBBING)
10. THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK
Ok but HOLLY BLACK IS THE FAE QUEEN AND DESERVES LOVE FOR ALL HER BOOKS! I also (smug moment) liked her older books before The Cruel Prince went wild. Although this is definitely my favourite of her work! It’s as wickedly magical and dangerous as it is viciously gorgeous. I adore Cardan and Jules because they’re relationship isn’t a swoony romance. It’s basically: “Can we wickedly manipulate each other to get to the throne, stab each other, and maybe just kiss????”
You know the quote: “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him” by Orson Scott Card??? THIS IS IT.