As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
Ok, I have a book confession to make. Normally this week’s top ten should have been about the books I’ve picked up on a whim. BUT… I haven’t picked up a book on a whim in ages. It’s been forever since I just bought a book because it looked pretty or because the blurb intrigued me.
The last book I picked up on a whim was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 2 years ago. I’d never heard of it before but I liked the blurb and the cover so I bought it. And admittedly, that became my favorite book series, so it’s really not a bad thing to buy based on a whim.
But still, I’ve been a die-hard review-based book buyer lately. So I propose two action points for myself. One, I will change this top ten into ‘ Ten books I read because of massive hype and glowing reviews’. Two, I will make it my personal goal to pick up 1 book on a whim each month for the rest of the year. How’s that sound?
So without further ado, here’s my top ‘books I bought because of massive hype and glowing reviews’:
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
If it hadn’t been for my browsing of book blogs and Goodreads, I would probably never had heard of this series. But I’m forever thankful that I did, because I saw the raving reviews, was intrigued, ordered the book and discovered a new all-time favorite series!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is kind of a classic, but I probably never would have picked it up if it weren’t for the raving reviews. And again, I’m happy that I did, because this book is just so amazing.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I’m easily intimidated by books that promise hard subject matter, so my first instinct would be to stay away from books like ‘All The Bright Places’. But all the glowing reviews sold it to me, and while it was a tough book, I loved it so much.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Though the description did seem like it would be a book for me, I picked it up mostly because everyone and their dog was recommending it. And while I was not a super big fan of book one, I did fall in love with the series as a whole.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
In Belgium, I had never heard about Colleen Hoover, nor did I ever see any of her books in the bookstore. But online the hype is high. So I decided to give her a try, starting with Ugly Love. And while I had mixed feelings about that one, I am intrigued and want to read more books by her soon.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Another book that was not super popular in Belgium, but still got my attention thanks to some glowing Booktube reviews. I only read book one, but am excited to start book two and three soon!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I put of on reading this for a long time. The title is just soo cheesy and I didn’t think it would be my thing. But it seemed like the entire book blogging world adored this book and recommended it so I decided to give it a try. And then I finished it in one day. So it’s definitely worth giving a try.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Again, why is this not more popular in Belgium? If not for the online hype, I would have never heard of this and that would have been a pity because it’s one of the most original and fantastical series I’ve ever read.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I told this story about a million times by now and I think this series is in practically all of my top tens. I had a bad impression of these books, didn’t think it would be for me, but I gave it a try anyway because of the hype and now it’s one of my all -time favorite series.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Currently reading – super hyped book, even in Belgium (so that’s saying something) but I always put of on reading it. But now I’m in the mood for some epic storytelling and I have high expectations of this series!