It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday and this week the topic is ‘books that lived up to the hype’. As always, T5T is hosted by Bionic Book Worm – go and show her blog a little love! I’ve talked about hype a couple of times on my blog before and how off-putting it can be. I often struggle to enjoy the book, sometimes out of intimidation or sometimes it just doesn’t live up to it. Whether it’s a new release that has caught the eye of bloggers, an infamous classic which everyone seems to have read, or a series you’re late to read, sometimes you’re lucky and they really blow you away. Here are five books that lived up to the hype when I finally got hold of them!
- One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
I couldn’t avoid the hype surrounding One Of Us Is Lying if I tried and at first it made me a little apprehensive. I’m not always a huge fan of contemporary YA and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a murder mystery but the blurb was so intriguing I decided to give it a go. Boy, am I glad! I whizzed through this book and was totally blown away. One Of Us Is Lying was a fabulous book that really lived up to the hype. Check out my review if you’re tempted!
- The Hobbit – R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is such an important fantasy book and as this is my favourite genre I couldn’t wait to read it. Tolkien is such a popular author for his unique writing style, and of course the film franchise this inspired, so the hype was real. I settled down with this book as a teen whilst on holiday and had the best reading experience. This soon became one of my favourite books and I can see why it is such a classic fantasy read.
- The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
I picked up The Fault in Our Stars a year or so after it was released after hearing lots about it all over social media and typical bookish sites. I don’t know what compelled me to buy the book but I am so glad I gave it a chance. John Green made me feel things I didn’t know a book could invoke! This really opened up contemporary YA for me and soon became one of my favourite books.
- The Harry Potter Series – K. Rowling
You may be surprised to see this on my list, considering how much I talk about how Harry Potter is literally my life, and all that stereotypical HP fan stuff! When Philosopher’s Stone was published I was only 2 years old so naturally the films became a huge part of my life first. When I finally got round to reading the books I had no doubt that I would adore the whole series. I devoured the whole series in the short 6 weeks holiday you get at school and of course it became my firm favourite!
- The Great Gatsby – Scott Fitzgerald
I thought I’d finish off Top 5 Tuesday with a classic. Classics always have a natural, intimidating hype – it’s how they earned their title as a classic! This isn’t a book I would’ve picked by choice and I actually hated it when I was first forced to read it at school. However, the more I studied the more I grew to love it and it has now become one of my favourite classics. This certainly lived up to the hype and I’m very grateful for my English teachers who taught me to love this novel.
I really loved this topic, thanks Shanah! Sometimes it’s so much fun to think about books you’ve read and loved, especially if they’ve surprised you. Hype can be a really intimidating and off-putting thing but sometimes you have to take the plunge. They can easily become the best of books if you give them a go!