When it comes to ‘popular’ or ‘hyped’ books I am the biggest cynic in the world. I approach these books with caution so that my fragile heart won’t be left in utter disappointment as it so often has in the past. I learned my lesson the hard way and now when I read these books I keep my hopes quite low on the ground. And every so often, I will be pleasantly surprised by what I find!
Today I’d like to share with you five books that really, truly lived up to the hype:
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
I will never forget the absolute chaos on Instagram around the time this book was released. The way everyone fanned and fawned over ACOMAF was insane! Especially to me – someone who had never read a single Sarah J. Maas book at the time. My cynical heart refused to believe that a book could be worth all the hype that this one was getting. Boy was I naive…
I read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, shortly after the release of ACOMAF because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I thought I’d start with the latest series since Throne of Glass had a good few books under its name and I didn’t want to invest so much time and energy without being absolute certain that I’m going to love every single second of the experience. Looking back, it was definitely the right call, because I doubt I would’ve bothered reading ACOTAR if I read Throne of Glass first, and that would have meant that I’d be missing out on something incredible. ACOMAF is one of my favourite books. I love everything about this book, from the world building to the story line, from the characters to the plot twists – I’m going to be reading it for the fifth time! So to me, this book was well deserved of all the hype and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.
SHATTER ME BY TAHEREH MAFI
I read Shatter Me around the time I started blogging because it seemed like every single person I followed on Bookstagram was reading, and loving, the series. When I read the book I couldn’t understand why everyone loved it so much because I just couldn’t connect with the characters and I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style either. I was disappointed since I had high hopes!
And then last week I reread Shatter Me since I purchased the rest of the series and needed to recap before carrying on with the second book. Let me tell you, I totally understand the hype with this series now – it is beautiful! The writing took me some getting used to, but half way through I started appreciating the style in a way I never experienced before. I’m now half way through the second book, Unravel Me, and I feel like Tahereh Mafi is more comfortable with her technique in this book, and the story flows better.
But I get scared, sometimes. In my very limited experience I’ve already found that people seeking power are not to be trusted. People with lofty goals and fancy speeches and easy smiles have done nothing to calm my heart. Men with guns have never put me at ease no matter how many times they promised they were killing for good reason.
THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Funny story, I tried reading this book four times! And four times I got about five chapters in before giving up and calling it quits. But then I gave it a final chance while buddy reading with Andrew from Okay So Booksically; and I’m so happy that I did! Because I LOVED this book! It took me a long time to get into the story, least of all form a connection with the characters; and only about half way through did I start to feel a genuine pull towards the makeup of this book. But once I got into it, there was no hope of turning back! By the end of the story I’d become so attached to the characters and now I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. After seeing all the hype around this series I was more than a little disappointed when I couldn’t get into it in the beginning. But now I totally understand the love everyone seems to have for The Raven Cycle and I could just kick myself for not giving it a real chance sooner!
In his head, his mother said, ‘People shout when they don’t have the vocabulary to whisper’.
MILK AND HONEY BY RUPI KAUR
I lost track of how many times a day I still see a picture of Milk and Honey on Instagram. It’s wildly popular, and with very good reason. Milk and Honey is a poetry book filled with the most beautiful collection of poems dealing with pain and healing; and all the bitter sweet moments in between. It is striking and to the point, and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. I totally get all the hype surrounding this little black book and I’m afraid I may have jumped all in on the bandwagon, raving about it just like every other fan out there. I’m always wary when it comes to popular books, but it feels oh-so-good when it actually lives up to the very high expectations of this book geek *points at self*
every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
– to fathers with daughters
CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER
A couple of months ago this book was on every single bookstagram picture I saw online. There’s about a million different editions in both hardback and paperback, each more beautiful than the last. Every single bookish subscription box out there contained this book for the month during which this book was released. It was HUGE! And as always, I stood on the silence with my usual look of scepticism and thought that there’s no way this debut book could possibly live up to all the hype. Never in my life has it ever felt this good to be proven wrong, because once again I had to swallow my words and admit that I truly enjoyed this book. It actually got me out of a reading slump and for that alone I’m immensely grateful towards this book.
I wrote my full review over here if you’d like a better idea as to why I loved this book so much, and why it counts as a book well deserved of all the praise it’s been receiving over the last few months.
Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.
What book do you feel was worth the hype it got? Let me know in the comments below!